Adults with fibromyalgia had a much higher prevalence and risk of restless legs syndrome than healthy controls, according to new research. The study suggests that treating RLS may improve sleep and quality of life in people with fibromyalgia.

Results of the study, published in the October 15 issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, found that the prevalence of restless legs syndrome was about 10 times higher in the fibromyalgia group (33%) than among controls (3.1%). After statistical adjustments for potential confounders such as age, gender, and ethnicity, participants with fibromyalgia were 11 times more likely than controls to have RLS (odds ratio = 11.2). As expected, considerable sleep disruption was reported by participants with fibromyalgia using the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index, Insomnia Severity Index, and Epworth Sleepiness Scale. In the fibromyalgia group, these sleep problems were more severe among people who also had RLS. Read the rest of this entry

Sleep Deprivation Could Be Genetic

Ever wonder why some people breeze along on 4 hours of sleep when others can barely function? It may be in our genes, according to new research and an accompanying editorial published in the October 26, 2010, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

The study looked at people who have a gene variant that is closely associated with narcolepsy. However, having the gene variant, called DQB1*0602, does not mean that a person will develop narcolepsy; depending on the population, 12% to 38% of those with the variant do not have the sleep disorder and are considered healthy sleepers. Also, people without the gene variant can develop narcolepsy, though this is less common.

Results of the study found that the people with the DQB1*0602 gene variant were sleepier and more fatigued while both fully rested and sleep deprived. Their sleep was also more fragmented. For example, those with the gene variant woke up on average almost four times during the fifth night of sleep deprivation, compared to those without the gene variant, who woke up on average twice. Those with the gene variant also had a lower sleep drive, or desire to sleep, during the fully rested nights. Read the rest of this entry

David Morris, director of Magruder’s Sleep Medicine Center, is presenting a free educational program on the importance of sleep to overall health at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, in the hospital’s conference center. Morris is Board Certified in internal medicine, pediatrics and sleep medicine.

There is a direct and proven link between sleep and your overall health. For example, conditions such as untreated, undiagnosed sleep apnea can increase a person’s risk for heart attacks and strokes. Sleep medicine is a simple way for people to optimize their health by addressing their sleep issues.

There will also be a tour of Magruder’s sleep center and light refreshments will be served.

Registration is required by Monday, Dec. 6, by calling 419-732-4061.

Bruderman Brothers is now providing advisory services to a Pennsylvania-based, privately-owned, JCAHO-accredited regional distributor and provider of home medical equipment and respiratory therapy products including sleep apnea testing dvices and sleep apnea therapy equipments with services.The company generates its revenues from the rental and sale of durable medical equipment (hospital beds, walkers, wheelchairs, etc.), respiratory products (oxygen concentrators, nebulizers, etc.), sleep products (items for sleep apnea, bi-level and auto-titration units), and various rehabilitation services. The company markets its products to various referral sources including physicians, assisted living facilities, personal care homes, surgical outpatient centers, hospital discharge planners, social service case managers, and pharmacies. Bruderman Brothers, Inc. is a New York-based, privately owned broker-dealer.

Home Sleep Testing:SleepQuest Acquires WatchPAT

SleepApneaDisorder/[ Press Release ]/ SleepQuest, a national provider of comprehensive sleep apnea services, announced today that it has purchased additional units of Itamar-Medical’s WatchPAT as it extends its sleep testing and diagnosis program across the US.

WatchPAT is the most convenient, portable sleep testing device on the market today easily installed by the patient in the comfort of their own home. With thousands of WatchPAT systems in use at the world’s prominent clinical institutions diagnosing sleep apnea, including Veteran Hospitals (VA), Kaiser Permanente, and Aleris FysiologLab (Sweden), WatchPAT is the ambulatory sleep testing unit of choice for convenient and accurate diagnosis. Diagnosing patients in their own bed at home is more convenient to the patient and more accurately reflects the patient’s actual sleep environment. Read the rest of this entry

SleepApneaDisorder/ [Press Release]/ (Raleigh, N.C.) Active Healthcare, an award-winning industry leader in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) treatment, is marking 20 years of service with the launch of three state-of-the-art IntegraSleep diagnostic centers in Raleigh, Clayton and Smithfield. The fully functional sleep labs provide one-stop-shopping for quality diagnosis and care for this dangerous, often life-threatening condition, utilizing CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) systems, the gold standard of sleep apnea treatment.

Headquartered in Raleigh, the IntegraSleep centers were designed by Active Healthcare based on a carefully crafted quality patient care model integrating personalized, extensive follow-up care and maintenance which contributes to the company’s 98% customer satisfaction rate. Read the rest of this entry

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Korea Patient Monitoring and Diagnostic Systems Market Assessment and Forecasts to 2015″ report to their offering

This report provides critical market data on the patient monitoring and diagnostics sector in Korea. It includes key market categories such as wireless hospital ambulatory monitors, multiparameter patient monitors, remote monitoring systems, blood pressure monitors, micro-electromechanical systems, cardiovascular monitoring systems, sleep apnea diagnostic systems, hearing diagnostics and glucose monitoring devices.

The report also provides market size of products in value ($mn), & volume (units) at each level of segmentation, average selling price ($) for each product type (last level of segmentation), and market shares (%) of companies at sector and category level.

Free Sleep Apnea Support At Port St. John On Dec.6

If you are suffering from sleep apnea or have a family member or friend who suffers from it there is free community service and support at Port St. John.

You are encouraged to attend this support group meeting on Monday, December 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Parrish Healthcare Center at Port St. John, 5005 Port St. John Parkway, (east of the I-95 Port St. John exit – see map).

 The meetings are held in the Conference Center by the south entrance (near the sleep lab). This is a free community service. Please call 321-268-6408 to register.

Employers generally are familiar with the definition of disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of an individual’s major life activities. Employers typically focus on the employee’s diagnosed medical or mental health condition when trying to determine if an employee suffers from a disability that would require accommodation under the ADA.

Recent decisions in the federal appellate courts suggest, however, that employers should also consider the side effects from treatment for an impairment when assessing whether an employee has a disability. Those cases suggest that side effects from treatment could constitute a disability, regardless of whether the underlying condition would be a disability.   Read the rest of this entry

Sleep Apnea Could Cause Death If Not Treated

State Rep. Robert Donatucci was elected to his 16th House term last week, but his career in office was tragically cut short in the early morning on Tuesday, November 9, 2010. Donatucci died in his sleep, his death caused by sleep apnea according to a doctor. Just about a week earlier, Donatucci had gone in for a sleep study, but he found the CPAP mask that he was asked to wear to be uncomfortable and did not complete the test.

“It’s unfortunate that Mr. Donatucci wasn’t tested earlier in life for sleep apnea,” says Philadelphia sleep apnea dentist, Dr. Kenneth Siegel. Dr. Siegel treats sleep apnea patients who, like State Rep. Donatucci, cannot tolerate or do not wish to undergo CPAP treatment, using oral sleep apnea appliances.

According to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, somewhere between 18 million and 20 million people in America suffer from sleep apnea, and most of them haven’t even been diagnosed. Of those who are diagnosed and are prescribed treatment with a CPAP machine (CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure), fewer than 50% of those patients will comply with the treatment. Read the rest of this entry

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