Galleon Pharmaceuticals, a biotech company based in the suburbs of Philadelphia has rounded up $10 million from investors to help fund clinical trials of a new therapy to help people control their breathing. Galleon Pharmaceuticals, which was tapped by GlaxoSmithKline’s SR One investment arm a few years ago as one of the most promising start-up biotechs in the country, believes that it is on track to develop a new therapeutic drug class to treat breathing problems like sleep apnea and COPD.

MedCity News reports that Galleon launched back in 2005 with a $500,000 seed round from the BioAdvance Biotechnology Greenhouse of Southeastern Pennsylvania. The biotech got started with technology licensed from the University of Louisville’s Dr. David Gozal. Galleon is run by Jim Mannion, a longtime biopharma excutive with experience running clinical trials and in business development.

A free information and orientation session for those interested in becoming a polysomnographic technologist, or sleep technician, will be held at Linn-Benton Community College from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, in the Calapooia Center building, room CC-212, 6500 Pacific Blvd. S.W., Albany.

Polysomnographic technologists assist sleep physicians to help patients with sleep disorders such as sleep apnea.Technologists ready the patient for testing, track the patient’s sleep patterns, and write and interpret the results for the physician.

This one-year certificate program prepares students for employment and to take the national certification examination by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists.

Information session and program requirements are available online at under Special Admission Bulletins, and click on Polysomnography.

By Jobee Knight

Each of us has our own source of stresses in our lives.  Whether we take these home from the workday or they exist in the home itself, sometimes the pressures can interfere with our sleep.  Stress manifests on the physical level by an outpouring of the adrenal hormone cortisol.  Scientists have recently discovered that increased blood levels of cortisol exist in people with chronic insomnia.  Some individuals may be suffering from a sustained activation of the body’s system for responding to stress.  Related research has also uncovered that in the presence of elevated cortisol, the level of calcium is rapidly reduced in the body – a mineral that’s known to assist with relaxation and sleep.

In a study from the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (1), investigators monitored the sleep of eleven patients with insomnia and thirteen people without any sleep disorder.  Blood was collected every thirty minutes for twenty-four hours, and levels of the adrenal stress hormones were monitored.  The researches found that the average levels of adrenal hormones measured were significantly higher in the insomniacs than in the control group.  The insomniacs with the highest degree of sleep disturbances secreted the highest amount of cortisol, particularly in the evening and nighttime hours. Read the rest of this entry

SleepApneaDisorder/ [ Press Release ]/ New York, November 21, 2010/The Manhattan Snoring and Sleep Center announced today that it now provides the Home Sleep Study — diagnostic equipment to use in comfort of a patient’s own home. Currently, most sleep apnea studies are conducted in overnight sleep labs or sleep clinics. As the public awareness of the health risks involved with sleep apnea grows, there is also a growing waiting list to get into these sleep centers and labs. However a relatively new and innovative in-home sleep study device is now available for qualified New York area patients to aid in the study of suspected sleep apnea.

The home sleep study equipment offered by Manhattan Snoring and Sleep Center is a state-of-the-art, portable wireless sleep study device created by Watermark Medical®, INC., a medical services company benefiting the sleep-disordered breathing market. It is the first of its kind and cleared for use by the FDA for diagnosing sleep apnea. Read the rest of this entry

UVa Health System, Pulmonary and Critical Care Department seeks healthy children, adolescents, and young adults ages 5 to 20, with snoring and possible sleep-related obstructive breathing disorders for a research study.

The purpose of this study is to find out if an experimental portable device, called SoundTrak, can collect data about your breathing at home while you sleep, and determine whether you stop breathing during sleep (called sleep apnea). This data from the SoundTrak would then be compared to the data collected during a standard overnight sleep study at the General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) Sleep Lab. Read the rest of this entry

The Reproductive Endocrine Unit at the Massachusetts General Hospital seeks healthy girls and boys (10-17 years old) with sleep apnea.

 The purpose of the study is to determine the effect of sleep apnea on reproductive hormones.

This study involves a screening visit (1 hour) and two overnight stays at the hospital (from approximately 6pm to 9am). The study will take at most 2 months to complete.

Payment for participation is up to $225.

Call Natalie at 617-726-1895 or email for more information.

Natalie D Shaw, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617 726 1895

UVa Health System, Department of Medicine, Pulmonary Division seeks healthy men, women, children and adolescents ages 5 to 65, with snoring and possible sleep-related obstructive breathing disorders for a research study.

The purpose of the study is to determine if an experimental device for sleep monitoring can accurately tell if you are awake or asleep and how well you are sleeping. The experimental device will be compared to a sleep study done using standard sleep monitoring equipment.
The study involves 1 outpatient consent and screening visit that will last about 1 hour, and 1 overnight stay at UVa Health Systems GCRC of about 16 hours for sleep monitoring.

§ Study-related screening visit and overnight sleep test (standard test to detect the presence of sleep apnea) provided free of charge.
§ Compensation for study completion is $ 125.00
Read the rest of this entry announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: “Global Sleep Apnea Diagnostic And Therapeutic Devices Industry”. 

This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Sleep Apnea Diagnostic and Therapeutic Devices in US$ Million by the following Product Segments: Diagnostic Devices (Fixed PSG, Ambulatory PSG, & Others (include Screening Devices)), and Therapeutic Devices (CPAP, Bi-Level PAP, Auto PAP, & Facial Interfaces (Masks and Humidifiers)). Read the rest of this entry

New York City Manhattan A.W.A.K.E. Sleep Apnea Support Group is a free, open-to-the-public monthly meeting where New Yorkers affected by Sleep Apnea can gather with doctors and other experts in the field of Sleep Medicine, and have their questions asked and answered.

Chartered by the American Sleep Apnea Association, New York City Manhattan A.W.A.K.E. Sleep Apnea Support Group puts patients first – the physicians, manufacturers’ reps, equipment suppliers and others in attendance are there to help you navigate your treatment path.

For more details and to know about forthcoming meetings visit New York City Manhattan A.W.A.K.E. Sleep Apnea Support Group meeting.

SleepApneaDisorder/ [ Press Release ]/ Agoura Hills, CA / November 18, 2010/ The new technology is here and Nationwide Medical, Inc. is making it easy to get a good night’s rest by offering the new in-home sleep test to consumers who may be at risk for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). The in-home technology has been developed as a way to diagnose OSA and enable physicians to prescribe a variety of methods available for sleep apnea treatment.

The in-home sleep test is a new medical technology that offers a variety of benefits, with the average cost a third lower than a sleep study in an overnight facility. More benefits are the ease of use and convenience of completing the test in the comfort of your own home. Read the rest of this entry

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