St. Mary Medical Opened Sleep Disorders Center

St. Mary Medical Center opened a sleep disorders center in Bensalem, Pa.

The four-bed facility on Knights Road will diagnosis and treat more than 80 identifiable sleep and wake disorders.

“A large number of our population suffers needlessly because of disorders that deprive them of restful sleep,” said Dr. Howard Lee, the center’s medical director. “Through proper diagnosis and treatment, we can alleviate their symptoms and help them to lead more productive, healthy lives.” Read the rest of this entry

New local coverage determination (LCD) adherence criteria for continued reimbursement of continuous positive airway pressure after 90 days among patients with obstructive sleep apnea may have a negative impact on their clinical care, according to research published in the October issue of Chest

Mark S. Aloia, Ph.D., of National Jewish Health in Denver, and colleagues evaluated information from a retrospective database of 150 patients who received neuropsychologic testing before treatment as well as three and six months after treatment. Patients were categorized using the new LCD criteria.  Read the rest of this entry

Insomnia Remedies: Tips for Better Sleep

By Jobee Knight

Sleeping well is a highly valued thing.  According to an article in the United Kingdom’s “Daily Telegraph”, a good night’s sleep has been voted life’s “Greatest little pleasure”.  The poll, which interviewed 3,000 people in the UK, asked them what their greatest little pleasures in life were. The British company “Bachelors” conducted the survey.  The sleep theme showed up in other places as well, with “Little pleasure” number three being “Sleeping in newly laundered bedding.“ Number six was “Cuddling up with a loved one in bed”.

Chronic insomnia contributes to sleepiness during the day, increased accidents and illness, and may have an adverse effect on concentration, interpersonal relationships and the ability to handle stress.  Because good sleep is so vital to health, scientists continue to pursue the trail of finding things that enhance its quality and quantity.  Dr. Ramakrishnan, a professor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, says, “Exercise improves sleep as effectively as sleeping drugs in some studies.”  His study found that on average, exercise increases total sleep time by 42 minutes. Read the rest of this entry

SleepApneaDisorder/[Press Release]/ 07-October-2010/ – GRsoft Labs has come up with Snore Inspector, a solution to snoring problem. An application designed to be working well with iPhones, iPads and iPods, Snore Inspector is a high-tech watchdog to keep you under observation when you sleep.

It records the snoring sound and presents the stats on highs and lows of the sound in a graph report. If your iPhone is set in the vibration mode, it will vibrate to let you change your sleeping position when the application detects that the snoring sound exceeds the threshold. High in functionality, Snore Inspector will help you get out of the habit of snoring. To make the application work, the iPhone should be plugged into the power system. Read the rest of this entry

SleepApneaDisorder/[Press Release]/- Atlanta, GA (Vocus) October 6, 2010/Snoring is a sleep depriving problem affecting 40% of men and 23% of women according to the National Sleep Foundation. Many couples sleep apart due to loud, habitual snoring. This can lead to a lack of intimacy and disharmony in the relationship. These problems lead many people to seek out snoring cures that are safe, effective, and permanent. These treatments and more are offered from the finest board-certified physicians in the country at the new location of the Atlanta Snoring Institute. Located in Stockbridge, GA, the new office is a twenty minutes drive from downtown Atlanta, conveniently offering snoring and sleep apnea treatment to residents living south of the metropolitan area. Read the rest of this entry

According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the average sleep apnea sufferer stops breathing and loses oxygen between five and 30 times a night. This lack of oxygen leads to a host of complications, including high blood pressure, vascular disease, an abnormal heart rhythm, or even a fatal cardiac event. Now, a team of University of Missouri researchers is exploring the changes in distinct brain regions that contribute to these symptoms in hopes of combating this common health issue.

Sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat relax during sleep, leading the airway to narrow or close. It’s estimated that 12 million Americans are affected by sleep apnea, but it’s widely believed that the issue is under reported. There are no blatant signs or blood tests to diagnose the disrupted sleep. Most cases of sleep apnea are discovered when a partner notices an increase in snoring, or when the sufferer indicates daytime fatigue and sleepiness. Read the rest of this entry

A new study, derived from novel sleep research conducted by University of California, San Diego researchers 14 years earlier, suggests that the secret to a long life may come with just enough sleep. Less than five hours a night is probably not enough; eight hours is probably too much.

A team of scientists, headed by Daniel F. Kripke, MD, professor emeritus of psychiatry at UC San Diego School of Medicine, revisited original research conducted between 1995 and 1999. In that earlier study, part of the Women’s Health Initiative, Kripke and colleagues had monitored 459 women living in San Diego ( ranging in age from 50 to 81 ) to determine if sleep duration could be associated with mortality. Fourteen years later, they returned to see who was still alive and well. Read the rest of this entry

Obstructive Sleep Apnea and It’s Effects

OSA is the fragmented, disturbed sleep, causing a person’s breathing to be interrupted hundreds of times a night, resulting in dramatic changes within the body.

Consequently, it creates an unhealthy and dangerous domino effect: Read the rest of this entry

SleepApneadisorder/[Press Release]/ — It is estimated that over 28 million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), with approximately 20 million more going undiagnosed and untreated. The health-related cost burden for undiagnosed OSA in the United States—a dangerous condition that can lead to a variety of heart ailments, stroke, and death—is estimated at $3.4 billion.

The latest figures compiled by Frost & Sullivan in 2008 show revenues in the U.S. sleep apnea diagnostic and therapeutic market totaling approximately $1.35 billion, with a 16.2% growth rate. Read the rest of this entry

SleepApneaDisorder/[Press Release]/GLEN BURNIE, Md., / Sleep Solutions, the pioneer and largest national service provider of home sleep tests for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), has changed its name to NovaSom, Inc., a Delaware corporation.

The company changed its name to better reflect its history and commitment to providing the most accurate and cost effective home tests on the market for the diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), said Dr. Richard Hassett, the chief executive officer of NovaSom. Read the rest of this entry

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