Sleep Apnea And Weight

In a recently concluded research the researchers reported a 38-year-old man with obstructive sleep apnea whose sleep-disordered breathing was substantially reduced by sleep in the supine, “knees-uprdquo position, relative to his sleep in the customary supine,” knees-downrdquo position.

No obvious anatomic or pathophysiologic alterations explained this phenomenon.

The effect was reproducible in the patient 4 years later. Potential mechanisms underlying such improvement, including alterations in upper airway/lung volume dependence and venous supply to upper airway vasculature, are discussed.

This manipulation could be an important adjunctive treatment for a subset of obstructive sleep apnea patients demonstrating such an effect.

Current screening for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) emphasizes self-reported snoring and other breathing symptoms. Nocturia, a symptom with a precise pathophysiological link to sleep apnea, has not been assessed as a screening tool for this common disorder of sleep respiration. In a large sample of adults presenting to area sleep centers, we aimed to determine the predictive power of nocturia for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)and compare findings with other markers of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) commonly used to screen for this disease. Read the rest of this entry

Sleep Apnea is Associated With Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is a condition where the body produces insufficient amounts of thyroid hormones, the most important of which is Thyroxine.  Hypothyroidism produces many complications in the body including fatigue, loss of muscle tone, weight gain and sleep apnea, amoung others. 

Thyroid hormones are necessary for normal growth, muscle development and basic cellular metabolism.   A diet that provides insufficient amounts of iodine is a leading cause of Hypothyroidism.  Another notable cause is childbirth, a small, but significant number of women develop this condition in the first year after giving birth.

Sleep Apnea is a condition where a person is constantly awoken by the body because breathing has stopped while sleeping. The link between Sleep Apnea and Hypothyroidism comes from the fact that one of the more frequent symptoms of Hypothyroidism is a swelling of the tongue and other tissues that line the mouth and throat. Sleeping on your back will greatly increase the chances of Sleep Apnea, but even sleeping on your side will not prevent all instances of  sleep apnea.

It is thought that the symptoms of Hypothyroidism ( swollen tongue and soft tissue in the mouth and throat) is responsible for the Sleep Apnea.  Treatment for the symptom of Sleep Apnea is not needed once the patient is diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, since treating the hypothyroidism will decrease the instances of sleep apnea.[ Read Complete Article By Peter Sedesse …  ]  

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common disorder in modern society and closely associated with obesity. Because Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) increases the likelihood of complications in the perioperative period, preoperative recognition is very important for bariatric patients.

Polysomnography (PSG) remains the gold standard for diagnosis, but it is a time-consuming and expensive examination. Researchers therefore aimed at identifying practical clinical predictors of Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) for bariatric patients.

From April 2006 to December 2007, 101 morbid obese patients [41 men and 60 women, mean age 30.3?±?8.5, mean body mass index (BMI) 43.3?±?6.9] who underwent PSG before bariatric surgery were retrospectively studied. Read the rest of this entry
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a major concern in modern medicine; however, it is difficult to diagnose.
 
Screening questionnaires such as the Berlin questionnaire, Rome questionnaire, and BASH’IM score are used to identify patients with Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). However, the sensitivity and specificity of these tools are not satisfactory. We aim to introduce an artificial intelligence method to screen moderate to severe Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients (apnea–hypopnea index ?15).
One hundred twenty patients were asked to complete a newly developed questionnaire before undergoing an overnight polysomnography (PSG) study. One hundred ten validated questionnaires were enrolled in this study. Genetic algorithm (GA) was used to build the five best models based on these questionnaires. The same data were analyzed with logistic regression (LR) for comparison. Read the rest of this entry

Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital recently opened a new Sleep Disorders Laboratory as part of an ongoing effort to enhance the community hospital’s services.

The $168,000 lab includes four beds to help diagnose sleep disorders, such as insomnia, insufficient sleep syndrome, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and narcolepsy.

Dr. Laurie Mooney, a specialist who is board-certified in sleep medicine and pulmonary medicine, is the medical director.

The unit is located on the main campus of the Wadsworth hospital in Founders Hall.

The sleep lab is the latest in a series of $8 million worth of capital upgrades Summa pledged to make when it acquired the community hospital in 2008.

In a recently concluded research, the scientists attempted to determine the association between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and auditory dysfunction(Hearing Problems) in people with increasing age and particularly the older subjects.

In this cross-sectional study hospital volunteer helpers were involved undergoing questionnaire, morphometry measurement, auditory examinations, and polysomnography between 2008 and 2009.

In total, 224 subjects older than 50 years were randomly sampled for above evaluation and testing. The effects of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) on the peripheral auditory function, represented by averaged pure-tone threshold of low frequencies (PTA-low) and high frequencies (PTA-high), and central auditory function, shown by pitch pattern sequence (PPS scores), were analyzed. Read the rest of this entry

Ultimate Sleep Apnea Guide:Free Ebook

SleepApneaDisorder / [ Press Release ] / Agoura Hills, CA /A good night’s sleep is one of the most important ways to stay healthy. That is why Nationwide Medical, Inc. is now offering an exclusive E-Book The Ultimate Sleep Apnea Guide, with Secrets on how to sleep better, safer and healthier, to generate more awareness for physicians and patients alike, who would like to learn more about sleep apnea, treatment methods, and ways to maximize the use of sleep apnea devices.

Obstructive sleep apnea affects an estimated 18 million Americans, many who will go a lifetime undiagnosed and untreated. The E-Book answers many common questions and offers insight on ways to increase quality of sleep, which also promotes healthy weight loss and can help prevent other conditions from progressing such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, stroke, and possibly death.

“Many people don’t know the harmful effects of untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). We have put together a comprehensive E-Book on important steps potential and current Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) patients can take to get the care they deserve,” said David Siegel, Chief Operating Officer of Nationwide Medical, Inc. Read the rest of this entry

Sleep Apnea CPAP Device Need Refined Design

The CPAP device – also known as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, is actually an aid which intends to ease breathing for folks who suffer from sleep apnea. The device itself will not only do that, but also function as a humidifier as it is easily integrated into the home environment. The design of this conceptual device could definitely be worked on further, since it does seem as though it is more of a medical device than something you won’t be ashamed of using in the living room while chilling out. Of course, it definitely isn’t that much of a turn on either, so your home relations might also suffer from some downtime in the process, but at least it beats having sleep apnea permanently, right? We look forward to a refined design and someone willing to take up the manufacturing cost of this idea.

Source&Courtesy: post By Edwin Kee at ubergizmo.com

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