As an important part of a designed research project the University of Granada researchers are going to analyse how sleep disorders like sleep apnea disorder affect risk perception in driving. To such purpose, three last-generation simulators provided by the Faculty of Psychology will be employed.

The purpose of the first study will be to analyse how a specific sleep disorder obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) affects risk perception in driving, as well as the efficacy of the therapies in development to treat it. Concretely, University of Granada researchers will study how different treatments for OSA improve risk perception in simulated driving. To such purpose, they employed the motorcycle simulator Honda Riding Trainer (HRT) using a multidimensional methodology (psychological, physical, behavioural and subjective measurements). Read the rest of this entry

The new local coverage determination (LCD) adherence criteria for continued reimbursement of continuous positive airway pressure after 90 days has heretofore not been validated, including the effects of the policy on care for patients with obstructive sleep apnea.

The researchers examined a retrospective database of 150 patients who received neuropsychologic testing prior to treatment and 3 and 6 months post treatment. We categorized participants using the new LCD criteria. Comparisons of neuropsychologic variables were made between adherent and nonadherent groups. Read the rest of this entry

‘The Health and Wellness Travel Show’ is recruiting American men with sleep apnea for all-expense-paid trip and health exploration around the world..

The program aims to use them as guinea pigs for alternative medicines and procedures that claim to provide a cure or relief.

All the programmes will feature treatments available outside the USA. Volunteers will travel to the far corners of the Earth to witness first hand and take part in some of the world’s most amazing, extreme and ancient practices. Read the rest of this entry

SleepApneaDisorder/ [ Press Release ] / FRANKLIN, Mass. -A standard, pre-operative protocol for patients undergoing bariatric weight-loss surgery is a test for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is a potential cause of life-threatening perioperative complications. Bariatric patients across the U.S. are praising the ability to be tested from the comfort of their own bed using the well-established WatchPAT device for home sleep testing. Read the rest of this entry

Delnor Hospital Sleep Disorders Center has recieved its program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). The AASM is the largest professional medical society for clinicians, researchers and other health-care providers in the field of sleep medicine and is considered to be the gold standard.

“Successful accreditation is a recognized benchmark to demonstrate adherence to quality standards. Accreditation is ongoing process that ensures our sleep center will meet or exceed accreditation standards as set forth by the AASM. My colleagues and I are very proud to be able to offer this service to this community as a part of Delnor Hospital ancillary services,” states Dr. Sunil Desai, medical director of the Sleep Disorders Center, and board certified in sleep medicine. Read the rest of this entry

New CPAP Devices Are Better Designed,Sleek,Quiet & Tiny

SleepApneaDisorder/ [ Press Release ]/ Richmond, VA : October 26, 2010 / Users of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) for any length of time know that the battle toward smaller and quieter machines has been raging for years. Today, the battle has been won. No more will a CPAP machine be louder than the snoring of the person who uses it. Also, today’s machines are sleeker and much smaller than earlier models while providing advanced features to help all OSA patients better cope with compliance. If CPAP users haven’t seen the CPAP machines of today, they are missing out on some great features that can make the CPAP experience more comfortable. Read the rest of this entry

SleepApneaDisorder/ [ Press Release ]/ Fifteen specific safety recommendations were issued by the National Transportation Safety Board to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently, following its investigation into a fatal July 2009 tractor-trailer crash in which six vehicles were involved.The NTSB determined that the accident was caused by the truck driver’s fatigue, which was caused in turn by recent and acute sleep loss, disruption of his circadian rhythms due to the driver’s shift schedule and mild sleep apnea. Truck driver fatigue is one of the most common causes of truck accidents on United States highways. Read the rest of this entry

SleepApneaDisorder/ [ Press Release ] / Tuesday, October 26, 2010/:  Millions of people worldwide, who suffer from the debilitating effects of sleep apnea, will benefit from a new device to treat the health condition, thanks to an innovative technology partnership between ResMed and STMicroelectronics.

Sleep apnea, a common but little-known disorder, affects 1 in 5 adults1.

It stems from closure of the airway during sleep which causes breathing to stop, sometimes for more than a minute; often leaving the person affected gasping for air. In severe cases, this can happen hundreds of times each night leading to serious health risks, including increased heart rate, higher blood pressure and potentially, heart attack and cardiovascular disease. Read the rest of this entry

The Brazos Valley sleep clinics are coming up to help patients find ways to help them sleep.

The College Station Sleep Center received national accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). The accreditation distinguishes College Station Sleep Center as meeting or exceeding national quality-of-care measures for sleep disorder treatment. According to a Med spokesperson, the College Station Sleep Center is the only accredited sleep center in the Brazos Valley.  Read the rest of this entry

By Jobee Knight

On October 24, 2010 the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) updated their web page that describes the many potential side effects of sleeping drugs.  On their site, they state that “Complex behaviors are a potential side effect of sedative-hypnotic products – a class of drugs used to help a person fall asleep and stay asleep.  These include making phone calls, sleep-eating, and getting into the car and driving while not fully awake. Most people do not remember these events later.”

Russell Katz, M.D., Director of the FDA’s Division of Neurology Products says, “Complex behaviors, such as sleep-driving, could be potentially dangerous to both the patients and to others.” Read the rest of this entry

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