Sleep Deprivation Enhances Inflammation

People who sleep poorly or do not get enough sleep have higher levels of inflammation, a risk factor for heart disease and stroke, researchers have found.

Data from a recent study are scheduled to be presented Sunday, Nov. 14 at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Chicago by Alanna Morris, MD, a cardiology fellow at Emory University School of Medicine.

The results come from surveying 525 middle-aged people participating in the Morehouse-Emory Partnership to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities study on their sleep quality and sleep duration. The META-Health study’s co-directors are Arshed Quyyumi, MD, professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and director of Emory’s Cardiovascular Research Center, and Gary Gibbons, MD, director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine. Donald Bliwise, MD, director of the Emory University Sleep Program, contributed additional guidance. Read the rest of this entry

Patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may blame their daytime difficulties on simple sleepiness, but new research suggests that their brains may be to blame. Specifically, their cognitive challenges may be caused by structural deficits in gray matter, brought on by the intermittent oxygen deprivation that comes with OSA. The good news is that these deficits may be partially or fully reversible with early detection and treatment, according to Italian researchers.

“OSA patients demonstrate several neuropsychological impairments, but current knowledge of the brain structures affected by OSA is limited. This study provides the first evidence that structural brain abnormalities exist in regions susceptible to hypoxemia, and they can change with treatment,” said Vincenza Castronovo, Ph.D., clinical psychologist at the Sleep Disorders Center, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University and San Raffaele Scientific Institute in Milan, Italy. Read the rest of this entry

Hazardous and harmful drinking and sleep problems are common, but their associations among patients seen in primary care have not been examined. We hypothesized that greater levels of alcohol consumption would be associated with several self-reported sleep problems.

In a cross-sectional survey in primary care practices, 94 participating clinicians recruited up to 30 consecutive adult patients, and both clinicians and patients completed anonymous postvisit questionnaires. Patients were asked questions on demographics, alcohol consumption, cardinal symptoms of alcohol use disorders, sleep quality, insomnia, sleep apnea, and symptoms of restless leg syndrome. Multivariate analyses explored the associations of drinking status (none, moderate, or hazardous) and sleep problems, adjusting for demographics and clustering of patients within physician. Read the rest of this entry

SleepApneaDisorder/ BOSTON, Mass./  Sleep HealthCenters has entered into an agreement with Roadside Medical Clinic + Lab to provide sleep medicine services as part of Roadside Medical’s industry-leading Driver Wellness programs.

Designed to enhance roadway safety by improving the health of commercial drivers, Roadside Medical Clinic + Lab provides cost-effective and professional medical services including DOT compliant physicals, drug testing, Driver Wellness Programs, and now sleep services in the most convenient locations for professional drivers—both on the highway and in company terminals. Sleep HealthCenters will support Roadside’s sleep wellness program by providing education, professional diagnosis and treatment support, all incorporated into Roadside’s overall Driver Wellness program. Read the rest of this entry

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Argentina 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 Argentina. 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.

Griffin Home Health Care in the Charlotte area facilitated people to learn how to properly use Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (C-PAP) machines to cope with sleep apnea. The festive atmosphere, which included food and door prizes, created a fun environment to learn about such a serious subject.

“Our staff offered this free clinic as community outreach in our commitment to serve those prescribed with respiratory-related therapies,” says Richie Griffin, general manager of Griffin Home Health Care. “Our respiratory therapists Ashly Skinner and Misty Comer were joined by sales representatives Bill Harlan, Jerry Barron, Grayson Upchurch and Shawn Stacy to share their expertise and answer questions for those attending this tremendously successful event.”

Griffin went on to say that “individuals do not have to be clients of Griffin Home Health Care to come and learn of various ways to cope with sleep apnea.”

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “South Africa 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 South Africa. 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.

SleepQuest, Inc., the highly regarded national provider of sleep medicine services, announced today that Humana has contracted with SleepQuest to expand access to affordable Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) screening, diagnostic, therapy and compliance services for the Insurer’s PPO and Medicare members.

Almost 30 million Americans are affected by OSA and approximately 20 million remain undiagnosed and at risk for more serious complications like obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. As it has done with payers insuring over 200 million lives, SleepQuest will bring affordable sleep medicine to Humana physicians and patients across the country. Read the rest of this entry

PulseOximetersDIRECT.com introduces the first Pediatric Pulse Oximeter from Landon Medical. The Landon Medical LM-500 Pediatric Oximeter is specifically manufactured for children vital sign monitoring. Landon Medical’s LM-500 (FDA Approved) Pediatric Pulse Oximeter provides on spot SpO2 (percentage of oxygen saturation in the blood) and pulse rate of children with accuracy and ease. The LM-500 offers a special design and chipset technology specifically manufactured for a kid’s finger. It uses a customized pediatric oximetry sensor adusted for children’s skin to ensure accurate readings.

The LM-500 Pediatric Oximeter is widely-used in all healthcare facilities, including hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient surgery centers, physician offices, dental clinics, emergency and ambulatory situations, as well as for home diagnostics to monitor such illnesses as cardiac issues, respiratory problems, asthma, and many more. The LM-500 Oximeter model features the latest Organic Light Emitting Device (OLED) color display and Plethysmograph capabilities.

SleepApneaDisorder/ [ Press Release ]/ GURNEE, IL, November 08, 2010 /– Smashed Face Syndrome can be caused by long term use of CPAP for sleep apnea. The following is excerpted from Sleep and Health Journal. 

Sleep apnea is a serious and dangerous disorder that can cause a wide variety of illness and dysfunction. CPAP is considered the Gold Standard of treatment for sleep apnea and the first line treatment for severe sleep apnea. For mild to moderate sleep apnea CPAP and Oral Appliances are considered to be the first lines of treatment. 

Numerous studies attest to the efficacy of Continuous Positive Airway Presssure (CPAP) for treating sleep apnea. Unfortunately, there are numerous articles relating to CPAP failure due to non-compliance. A recent study showed 60% of patients abandon CPAP therapy entirely and that even among patients who utilize CPAP average compliance is only 4-5 hours a night 4-5 nights a week.  Read the rest of this entry

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