The Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine, a group that aims to promote the cross-fertilization between anesthesiology and sleep medicine, encourage studies determining the associations between sleep-disordered breathing and examine methods of minimizing perioperative risk, among other goals.

According to the report on sleep medicine and anesthesia, published in Anesthesiology, sleep apnea is associated with substantial morbidity and increased risk of postoperative complications. Studies have shown an association between obstructive sleep apnea and the development of hypertension, coronary artery disease, heart failure, stroke and metabolic syndrome.

Sleep medicine and anesthesiology both deal with significant changes in autonomic control associated with the loss of waking consciousness, the report outlines. The SASM urges all anesthesiologists to embrace the role of a perioperative sleep physician.

SASM is organizing another pre-convention conference on Oct. 14, 2011 at the American Society of Anesthesiologists meeting in Chicago. Anyone who wishes to join the Society or attend the annual meeting is invited to contact its secretary, Norman Bolden, MD, at

Philips Respironics is introducing its first sleep therapy mask built especially for male patients, GoLife for Men.  In the near future, Philips Respironics will release its GoLife for Women mask, which will offer the same customized features designed for a female patient’s face. 

Philips Respironics GoLife for Men nasal pillows mask is used in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).  The product is the company’s first sleep therapy mask built exclusively for men.

Designed to be the most stable nasal pillows mask available, GoLife for Men has facial contour arms that conform to and hug the patient’s face to maintain a secure seal and stability, even when moving during sleep.  The mask features straightforward, preformed headgear and self-adjusting, optimally angled nasal pillows for a one-step fit.

“When designing GoLife for Men, we listened to what sleep therapy providers, clinicians, and male patients told us they wanted in a nasal pillows mask,” said Maura Weis, director, Sleep Marketing, North America, Philips Home Healthcare Solutions.  “As a result, it is engineered for stability, designed for simplicity, and built for men.  GoLife for Men takes the complexity out of achieving successful nasal pillows therapy for male patients.  In the near future, we will release our GoLife for Women mask, which will offer the same customized features designed for a female patient’s face.”

GoLife has few parts, comes in a FitPack with all sizes (petite, small, medium, and large), and is easy to size and fit.  Used together with Philips Respironics System One Resistance Control, the mask helps to deliver optimum PAP therapy and comfort.

Robotic Surgery Successful For Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sheiner suspected that he had sleep apnea which ran in his family, despite the fact that he was not overweight, which was the major reason for the disorder. This was confirmed by a sleep study and his doctors stated that his case was one of the worst cases of sleep apnea. Finally, after undergoing various treatments his doctors decided to perform a robotic surgery.

Erica Thaler, an ENT surgeon at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital reveals that Sheiner’s sleep study showed that he woke up over 112 times every hour meaning that Sheiner didn’t breathe for ten seconds i.e. about two times in a minute. Sleep apnea is being treated with a robotic surgery to remove the cancerous tumors found at the back of the throat. Sleep apnea is a common and chronic sleep disorder where patients stop breathing while asleep. They suddenly and repeatedly gasp for breath in the night due to enlarged tonsilar tissue and tonsils, their airways are blocked. Read the rest of this entry

Discover Medical Devices that developed the SomnuSeal mask for OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) patients has started a second clinical trial in Israel with a smaller size SomnuSeal mask that will help non compliant CPAP patients.

There are 350 million obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients in the world that require CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) treatment.

Up until now approximately 20 million patients were diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and require continuous CPAP treatment. Only 7 million of them agree to receive the treatment and 13 million do not. Therefore every increase of 10% of compliance among non compliant patients may help an additional 1.3 million diagnosed patients. (Studies by John Hopkins demonstrate that 46% of untreated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients die younger and therefore it is very important to find solutions that will help those patients receive treatment!). Read the rest of this entry

Jaw Pain Could Be Linked With Sleep Apnea

Temporomandibular joint disorders affect the jaw joint and surrounding tissue, but people with the condition also are more likely to have any number of other problems, including headaches, allergies, depression, fatigue, arthritis, fibromyalgia, autoimmune disorders, sleep apnea and gastrointestinal complaints, according to a new study published in the Clinical Journal of Pain.

Many of those other conditions were as much as six times more likely to occur in TMJD patients than individuals who did not have TMJD, said researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

The report noted that TMJD, which can range from mild jaw pain to intractable pain and jaw dysfunction, affects between 10 million and 36 million Americans, 90 percent of whom are women.

The study was based on a survey of 1,511 people who were part of a registry maintained by the TMJ Association, a Brookfield, Wis.-based national patient advocacy organization.

“A multidisciplinary system approach will be necessary to advance our understanding of this complex disease and a major paradigm shift needs to occur in the way TMJD are viewed in the scientific and clinical communities,” the authors concluded.

Air Liquide Canada today celebrates 100 years of operation across Canada. It opened the first air separation facility in 1911 in Montreal’s east end. Air Liquide Canada now has over 2200 employees working in more than 65 sites from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Through innovative solutions based on continually enhanced technologies, Air Liquide Canada is a key player in the manufacturing of numerous products that people use every day – literally pulling solutions out of thin air to preserve the environment and enhance quality of life. Air Liquide Canada is a subsidiary of the Air Liquide Group, deeply involved in the field of medical gases and home health programs through its subsidiary, VitalAire Canada.

The expertise of VitalAire Canada respiratory healthcare products and services is based on over 40 years of experience. With more than 80 clinics and 150 healthcare professionals, VitalAire is one of Canada’s leaders in home oxygen therapy services, sleep apnea programs and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. Its medical gases and hospital services unit meets the needs of the Canadian market and currently supplies over 2000 hospitals and clinics across the country.

Refurbished sleep lab means more people will get a better night's sleep. Dr. Douglas Bradley sits in the control room for the newly refurbished Sleep Lab at Toronto General Hospital. Staff photo/JUSTIN SKINNER

For a growing number of Canadians, getting a good night’s sleep is easier said than done. For some, a lack of sleep can be a deadly proposition.

Doctors and technicians at the newly refurbished Sleep Country Canada Sleep Medicine Labs at Toronto General Hospital are working to help people with sleep disorders ranging from sleep apnea to insomnia to narcolepsy.

The lab recently received new equipment, thanks to a donation from Sleep Country Canada, which will help doctors better monitor those dealing with sleep conditions.

Dr. T. Douglas Bradley, director of the sleep labs, has a long-standing history of researching and treating sleep disorders and specializes in sleep apnea. The condition is one of the most commonly treated – and most dangerous – at the hospital.

When sleeping, muscles around the airway relax, leading to a narrowing of the airway. For sleep apnea sufferers, the airway is narrowed enough to cut off the flow of air, effectively choking the sleeper and causing them to wake.The results are far more hazardous than simple fatigue. Read the rest of this entry

Obstructive sleep apnea may be the underlying cause of awakening and urination in men with enlarged prostates, a new study suggests.

The study included men aged 55 to 75 who were diagnosed with benign prostate enlargement (BPE) and reported nighttime urination (nocturia) at least once nightly. They were compared to a control group of same-age men who had no BPE and one or no nocturia episodes per night.Click here to find out more!

The Israeli researchers found that 57.8 percent of the men with BPE may have obstructive sleep apnea and that the sleep disorder may be the actual cause of the sleep awakenings the men believe are caused by the need to urinate. Obstructive sleep apnea is characterized by snoring, pauses in a person’s breathing that cause awakenings, and also daytime sleepiness.

The study, by the team at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, is published in the March/April issue of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. Read the rest of this entry

This could be a little odd for you to know but it is very obvious and quite common a problem. Your mouth must be big enough for your tongue to fit properly. The opening of your mouth; the height and the width must be sufficient. When your mouth is too small, it can trigger a cascade of health problems, from breathing problems, including sleep apnea, to headaches.

Any type of breathing problem can set this vicious cycle into motion. Allergies, for example, may cause chronic stuffy nose, and if your child cannot breathe comfortably through his nose, he’ll start breathing through his mouth, causing his mouth to under-develop.

The tongue is that force on the inside that’s going to develop the mouth. If you can get the child to be able to breathe through their nose comfortably, then their mouth will develop properly.” Read the rest of this entry

The health of children and adults is at risk because we’re not getting enough sleep, says the international group of doctors behind the 4th annual World Sleep Day on March 18th.

The World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) says sleepiness and sleeplessness are threatening health and quality of life in countries around the globe, and that sleep problems can be prevented or treated. Improving sleep will improve the quality of life of millions of people.

“Not only are adults struggling to cope with an epidemic of sleep disorders, but doctors are also observing alarming rates of sleepiness and sleeplessness in children,” says Dr. Reut Gruber. “As many as 40 per cent of our children aren’t getting enough sleep, which is not only impairing their ability to function properly, it’s hurting their ability to learn.” Read the rest of this entry

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