The Sleep HealthCenter affiliated with the Southcoast Hospitals Group now offers all sleep medicine services at one location. By expanding the number of beds and clinic services at the 84 Faunce Corner Road location in North Dartmouth, patients now have more convenient access to complete care for their sleep disorders.

While at Sleep HealthCenters, patients are provided with comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services, including sleep studies, physician consults, special equipment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients, such as CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) devices, patient monitoring, patient education, and follow-up care in a single location. It is estimated that insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), narcolepsy, excessive daytime sleepiness, and restless legs syndrome plague an estimated 40 million Americans.

Southcoast’s partnership with Sleep HealthCenters continues to offer patients of the South Coast region the latest in sleep health technology, diagnosis, and treatment,” said Dr. Bruce Abbott, Neurologist for Southcoast Hospitals Group. “Combining the North Dartmouth sleep lab and the clinic will better enable our physicians to provide the full range of services necessary for the increased demand in our area.”

National Sleep Awareness Week:March 7-13

March 7-13, 2011 is the National Sleep Awareness Week.

Sleep impairment is linked as a contributing factor to motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters, and medical and other occupational errors.

People experiencing sleep insufficiency are more likely to have chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, or obesity.

In 2008, approximately 28 percent of surveyed adults in the U.S. reported frequent insufficient sleep, which as been associated with fair/poor general health, frequent mental distress, depressive symptoms, anxiety, and pain.

Sleep insufficiency and poor sleep quality also can result from sleep disorders such as chronic insomnia, restless legs syndrome, and sleep apnea.

The National Sleep Foundation suggests that healthy adults need 7-9 hours of sleep per day, and school-age children might require 10-11 hours of sleep.

Hawaii,The Most Sleep Deprived State

By Kristen Consillio

Hawaii is among the most sleep-deprived states, with many residents getting fewer than seven hours of slumber a day, according to the latest national survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The state topped the survey for sleep deprivation, the most adults who snore, unintentionally falling asleep during the day and nodding off or falling asleep while driving, said the Unhealthy Sleep-Related Behaviors report published yesterday on the CDC’s website.

Local residents have to work harder than people in many other places because of the high cost of living, resulting in less time for rest, said Ford Shippey, a sleep medicine doctor at Sleep Center Hawaii and hospitalist at the Queen’s Medical Center.

“A lot of people in Hawaii work more than one job or are working six to seven days a week,” he said. “And there are many families with children where both parents work. That eats away at the time they’re able to sleep. We’re all overworked.” Read the rest of this entry

The American Thoracic Society has released a new official report recommending research priorities in incorporating ambulatory management of adults with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) into healthcare systems. The report identifies barriers preventing incorporation of portable monitor testing into clinical management pathways and recommends research and development needed to address those barriers.

The statement appears in the March 1, 2011, issue of the Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society.

It is estimated thatobstructive sleep apnea (OSA)occurs in roughly 20 million Americans, and occurs when the upper airway becomes constricted during sleep, blocking normal airflow and causing breathing to stop temporarily. Obesity is the greatest risk factor for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), but the disorder can occur in people who are not overweight. obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is now widely recognized as a major public health concern and studies have linked obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with increased risk of cardiovascular disease and motor vehicle accidents. obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is diagnosed using polysomnography (PSG), a technique that measures a patient’s breathing and oxygen level during sleep. polysomnography (PSG) is generally performed at special healthcare facilities, resulting in limited accessibility to patients, specifically in rural areas. polysomnography (PSG) is expensive and patients have limited access to this specialized testing. In recent years, the use of less expensive, more accessible portable home monitoring to diagnose and manage patients with  obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)has gained favor, but studies regarding its use and patient outcomes are lacking. Read the rest of this entry

SleepApneaDisorder/[ Press Release ] / BELMONT, Calif., March 3, 2011 / Ventus Medical, Inc. a privately-held medical device company dedicated to providing novel products to treat sleep-disordered breathing, today announced that it has received CE Mark for its Provent® Sleep Apnea Therapy.

“We are pleased to accomplish this important regulatory milestone. Receiving CE Mark for Provent Therapy will facilitate our international commercialization strategy and allow us to launch this product in selected countries over the next several months,” said Peter Wyles, president and chief executive officer of Ventus Medical. “We intend to introduce Provent Therapy internationally in a systematic way through established distributors, focusing on countries with a high prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea. There is a clear need for therapeutic options other than CPAP and Provent Therapy represents an attractive new alternative.” Read the rest of this entry

AZ-TMJ is once again leading the way in innovative and effective treatments for patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Sleep apnea is a disorder where a person’s ability to breathe is impaired, resulting in a restless sleep and oftentimes snoring.

“Often the two conditions are related but are not directly correlated in all cases. Unlike simple snoring, OSA can be potentially life-threatening, requiring medical attention.” “It’s important for patients to understand the difference between snoring and OSA,” explained Dr. Stan Farrell. Read the rest of this entry

A peer-reviewed study in the February issue of Sleep Medicine found that Provent Sleep Apnea Therapy, a noninvasive, disposable nasal device, improved obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)—as measured by the number of breathing disruptions during sleep—in more than half of patients, leading them to feel more alert during the day. The study was conducted in patients who either had refused or were noncompliant with CPAP therapy.

The study, conducted at St Luke’s Hospital Sleep Medicine and Research Center in Chesterfield, Mo, included 59 patients and is titled “A convenient expiratory positive airway pressure nasal device for the treatment of sleep apnea in patients non-adherent with continuous positive airway pressure.” Read the rest of this entry

Sleep Apnea Effects and Treatments

Sleep Apnea affects people of ages, sex, and race. At great risk are those people over 40 years of and age and obese. If you are part of this high risk category, there are medications which can increase life span and prevent this condition from killing. Treatments are now being developed to improve the quality of life of people afflicted with the condition of Sleep apnea.

Traditionally, sleep apnea has been treated using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). Sleep apnea is known as one of the most common causes of sleeplessness. As such, it is import to rule out other factors before diagnosing and treating for sleep apnea.

Taking medication designed for sleep apnea will not be effective if the true cause of sleeplessness is related to stress or other factors. Treating for sleep apnea when one has heartburn will not solve the sleep issues. Likewise, treating sleep apnea with antacids is not only ineffective, but potentially dangerous.[ Read Complete Post By  Jim Simmons..  ]

New Implant To Help Patients With Sleep Apnea

Phyhealth Sleep Care Corp., a subsidiary of Miami, Fla.-based Phyhealth Corp. has opened a sleep center in a 2,700-square-foot space at 1325 Dry Creek Drive in Longmont.

The sleep-care center will offer comprehensive sleep diagnostics in a homelike environment to assist patients with such disorders as sleep apnea, insomnia and restless-leg syndrome. Jane Kraemer is the manager of the clinic. Phone is 720-684-6167.

“The Longmont facility will have six master bedrooms,” said David Neel, president and chief executive. “And we’re opening a four-bed facility in Denver. These centers are not like the institutional settings you find in hospitals but are more like luxury resorts.”

Phyhealth Corp., a physician’s health-care management group, decided to launch the business segment in the Denver area due to its healthy economy and large employee base.

The company plans to open other centers throughout Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Kentucky.

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