Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “India Patient Monitoring and Diagnostic Systems Market Opportunity and Growth Trend Forecast till 2016” report to their offering.

The Market Intelligence report provides critical market data for India patient monitoring and diagnostics market and its product categories. The data includes market size in terms of value and volume; average selling price for each product type, growth trends and market shares of companies at sector and category level. It’s vital cross category comparison and cross sub-category comparison section makes analysis very handy for company professionals. The report helps professionals in mapping market size, competition, understanding historic and future growth trends. It covers important categories such as blood pressure monitors, cardiovascular monitoring systems, blood glucose monitoring devices, hearing diagnostics, micro-electromechanical systems multiparameter patient monitors, remote monitoring systems, sleep apnea diagnostic systems and wireless hospital ambulatory monitors. Market Size: Market size in terms of value ($) and volume (units), for each level of segmentation from 2005 to 2010 and forecast till 2016.

People with fibromyalgia who are also obese have greater sensitivity to pain, more impaired sleep,sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apnea, and less physical strength than their non-obese counterparts, according to new findings from a prospective study.

Obesity seems to be a big barrier to fibromyalgia patients getting better,” said lead author Akiko Okifuji, PhD, professor in the Department of Anesthesiology’s Pain Research and Management Center at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City (J Pain 2010;11:1329-1337).

Previous research demonstrated that in the United States, obese individuals generally have a heightened sensitivity to nociceptive pain and a higher frequency of painful conditions, such as headache and back pain (e.g., Psychiatry Res 1983;8:119-125), and as many as 75% of patients with fibromyalgia are overweight or obese. Although the current study did not address why the correlation between weight and pain exists, the investigators concluded that weight reduction interventions may be pivotal to treating fibromyalgia. Read the rest of this entry

Bariatric surgery can result in long-term weight loss and significant  reduction in cardiac and other risk factors, including obstructive  sleep apnea (OSA), for some severely obese adults, according to a  scientific statement from the American Heart Association. The statement, published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, is the first by the association focused solely on bariatric surgery and cardiac risk factors.

“The statement is not an across-the-board endorsement of bariatric  surgery for the severely obese,” said Paul Poirier, MD, PhD, lead author  of the statement and director of the prevention/rehabilitation program  at Quebec Heart and Lung Institute at Laval University Hospital in  Canada. “It is a consensus document that provides expert perspective  based on the results of recent scientific studies.”

When reviewing the scientific literature, the statement-writing  committee found that, when indicated, bariatric surgery leads to  significant weight loss and improvements in the health consequences of  being overweight, such as diabetes, high cholesterol, liver disease,  high blood pressure, cardiovascular dysfunction, and obstructive sleep  apnea. Recent studies have suggested that bariatric surgery prolongs  life in the severely obese.

There are, however, surgical risks—including death—and long-term  postsurgical lifestyle implications. Patients must make lifelong  behavior changes, such as supplement use, and follow up with the  surgical team.

Watermark Medical, Boca Raton, Fla, is launching WM SleepCare, a comprehensive sleep  benefits management program. The Web-based program offers insurance  providers and self-insured employer groups an “end-to-end” program to  manage patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) that includes  utilization oversight and compliance management.

“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) made it  possible for insurance providers to offer home sleep testing. We quickly  recognized the opportunity to build a sleep benefits management program  with tight controls and utilization oversight, something the insurance  industry is rapidly embracing,” said Sean Heyniger, chief executive  officer of Watermark Medical.

According to Watermark Medical, the system utilizes the company’s  cloud-based platform that improves workflow, integrates therapy  alternatives, and reduces the cost of health care delivery.

“We are transforming the entire industry to a more streamlined and  cost-effective solution, while improving patient care,” said Charlie  Alvarez, president of Watermark Medical.

Complex Sleep Apnea

“Complex sleep apnea is, in some respects, a mix of obstructive and central sleep apnea, and is probably the least common of the sleep breathing disorders”, says Dr. Dennis Auckley, director, MetroHealth’s Center for Sleep Medicine, associate professor, Case Western Reserve University.

According to Dr. Dennis Auckley, this condition is defined based on certain characteristics of a person’s sleep during a sleep study. In complex sleep apnea, there is a diagnosis of OSA during monitored sleep, but then the patient develops a central sleep apnea pattern. In other words, the CPAP is effective at keeping the airway open, but the brain fails to send the signal to breathe.

“The significance of having complex sleep apnea is not entirely clear. It is not known if this represents a different type of sleep apnea or something we see on a single night sleep study that resolves over time” says Dr. Dennis Auckley. Some patients with this condition can be controlled with CPAP, others with bi-level pressure support, and some need the newer type of device called adaptive servo ventilation. Oxygen is not considered a treatment for this condition as it is generally not a treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, he adds.

A new report from the American Thoracic Society (ATS), published in the Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society,  identifies barriers preventing incorporation of portable monitor testing into clinical management pathways and recommends research and  development needed to address those barriers. It summarizes the  recommendations of an international workshop sponsored by the ATS, AASM,  the American College of Chest Physicians, and the European Respiratory  Society.

“The consensus of the workshop participants was that outcomes-based  research studies are needed to demonstrate the efficacy and  cost-effectiveness of portable monitor testing,” said Samuel Kuna, MD,  associate professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and  chief of the Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Section at  Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and chair of the  workshop’s steering committee. “There is also a need to develop clinical  sleep research networks capable of performing large, prospective  studies.”

Recommendations were developed regarding research study design and  methodology that include the need to standardize technology, identify  the patients most appropriate for ambulatory management of obstructive  sleep apnea, ensure patient safety, and identify sources of research  funding. Read the rest of this entry

One of the latest medical advances is the recent FDA approval of the use of the da Vinci Surgical System for transoral otolaryngologic surgical procedures to treat benign tumors and select malignant tumors in adults. The da Vinci Surgical System is a high-tech, robotic platform utilizing specialized instruments and a high performance vision system. The surgeon sits at a console and directs the movements of the system aided by a high-powered camera.

“We are very excited about the possibilities that robotic surgery has brought to otolaryngology, particularly in tongue, throat and mouth cancers,” says Dr. Harris. “The da Vinci Surgical System now allows us to remove the cancer from patients’ throats through the mouth with no external incisions or insertion of long-term tubes for breathing and feeding. This is a huge advantage over traditional open surgery, which may involve a long incision, bony cuts and often requires a breathing tube and possibly a feeding tube. Traditional surgery may also result in speech and swallowing deficits,” he explains.

The robotic surgery may provide other additional advantages as well. Some studies suggest that patients may be able to use a reduced amount of radiation and chemotherapy, or avoid ?it altogether.

Dr. Harris — the first and currently the only da Vinci Surgical System robotic technology-trained, minimally invasive otolaryngology surgeon in Wichita and the surrounding counties — has found robotic surgery beneficial in the treatment of sleep apnea.

“Until now, patients with severe obstructive sleep apnea and who were resistant to the CPAP [continuous positive airway pressure] had relatively few choices in treatment,” says ?Dr. Harris. “Robotic technology allows us to successfully perform tongue-based resection for much improved breathing and with a much shorter recovery.”

Dr. Harris currently sees patients in Newton and two Wichita locations. For more information, contact Dr. Harris at (316) 613-4680 or visit his bio page on www.wichitaclinic.com.

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “US Patient Monitoring and Diagnostic Systems Market Opportunity and Growth Trend Forecast till 2016” report to their offering.

The Market Intelligence report provides critical market data for US  Patient monitoring and diagnostics market and its product categories. The data includes market size in terms of value and volume; average selling price for each product type, growth trends and market shares of  companies at sector and category level. It’s vital cross category comparison and cross sub-category comparison section makes analysis very handy for company professionals. The report helps professionals in  mapping market size, competition, understanding historic and future  growth trends. It covers important categories such as blood pressure monitors, cardiovascular monitoring systems, blood glucose monitoring devices, hearing diagnostics, micro-electromechanical systems  multiparameter patient monitors, remote monitoring systems, sleep apnea diagnostic systems and wireless hospital ambulatory monitors.

  • Market Size: Market size in terms of value ($) and volume (units), for each level of segmentation from 2005 to 2010 and forecast till 2016.
  • Market Growth: Market growth in terms of value ($) and volume (units),   for each level of segmentation from 2005 to 2010 and forecast till 2016.
  • Competitive Analysis: Market share (%) of companies is covered at  sector and category level for 2010.
  • Pricing Analysis: Average selling price ($) for each product type from 2005 – 2010 and forecast till 2016.

Cross category comparison and cross sub-category comparison – Forecast and historic market growth and market size comparison for various  categories and sub-categories from 2005 to 2010 and 2010 to 2016.

A very recent  community research study concluded by a Pune-based doctor showed that only 4% of the population actually knows about sleep disorders and sleep apnea. The study showed that 12% of the urban population is at risk fromObstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).Conducted by Dr Rakesh Datta, it has suggested high incidence of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)  in the urban population. “Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is characterised by reduction in blood oxygen levels as the sufferer is unable to breathe sufficiently during sleep. People suffering from this disease may be unaware of this condition and snoring, at times, may be the only hint of its existence. This lack of awareness is like a ticking time bomb and, if untreated, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) can cause other complications,” said Datta. Read the rest of this entry

Snoring U and Sleeping U are Apple-based smart phone apps that record and display information about the sleep environment, and snoring. Snoring U and Sleeping U can be used as an alert to the possibility of a potential problem, and monitor the existence or absence of snoring, during and after treatment.

Snoring U and Sleeping U allows for the monitoring of how loud and how often a person snores during sleep, as well as listen to a recording of sleep sounds, and compare a history of multiple sleep sessions (a benefit for those who sleep alone and/or for anyone who wishes to prove the existence of snoring to an unbelieving bed partner). Besides the sleep monitoring, Snoring U can also attempt to help the user stop snoring by performing a sophisticated “nudge”.

“We are thrilled about having Snoring Isn’t Sexy included in the new version of the Snoring U and Sleeping U apps.” said Dr. Laurence Barsh, Founder and President of Snoring Isn’t Sexy. “Because only 10 – 15% of people with obstructive sleep apnea have been diagnosed and treated, any tool that will help alert the public to the possibility of a problem is a welcome public health benefit.”

Snoring U and Sleeping U are being developed by the Israeli company Pointer Software Systems Ltd, under the guidance of Dr. Naveh Tov, M.D., Ph.D., who specializes in internal pulmonary and sleep medicine.

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