An alarming number of Americans experience obstructive sleep apnea(OSA), a disorder in which oropharyngeal soft tissue intermittently obstructs the airway during sleep. If undetected, OSA can lead to serious health problems and is associated with important perioperative complications.

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Gold Coast:New Sleep Lab in Queensland,Australia

According to the statement of a doctor based in Queensland’s Gold Coast thousands of Australians suffer from the life-threatening sleep disorder, sleep apnea.

Respiratory expert and sleep specialist Dr. Toby Tang from the Gold Coast Hospital claims that he diagnoses more than 400 Australians yearly with sleep problems. He says that they all receive treatment at the hospital’s new sleep laboratory.

“Some patients can’t sleep at night,” said Dr. Tang. “Other patients are very sleepy in the daytime, then when they are snoring, the spouse very often witness that people stop breathing at night.” Read the rest of this entry

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with prothrombotic effects that could lead to venous thromboembolic disease.

The researchers performed a prospective cross-sectional study to determine the prevalence of snoring and risk of OSA in patients with acute pulmonary embolism (PE).

Research evaluated 270 consecutive patients who underwent a computed tomographic angiogram for suspected PE. Patients without PE served as a control group. Read the rest of this entry

SleepApneaDisorder/[Press Release]/-What is the best sleep apnea treatment? It is not CPAP, according to a recent study that showed 60% of patients abandon CPAP use. At least it is not the best treatment for the 60% of patients who abandoned it. This does not mean CPAP is not the most effective treatment, what it means is no matter how effective a treatment may be, it is a poor treatment if it is not used. Oral appliances are an extremely effective treatment for mild to moderate sleep apnea but less effective for morbidly obese patients and those with severe sleep apnea. Read the rest of this entry

The prevalence of obesity,sleep apnea, and the metabolic syndrome is rapidly increasing in India and other south Asian countries, leading to increased morbidity and mortality due to type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and cardiovascular disease (CVD). 

The literature search has been carried out using the key words “insulin resistance, the metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular risk, diabetes, obesity, Asian Indians, and South Asians” in the medical search engine Pubmed (National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD) from 1966 to September 2009. Read the rest of this entry

SleepApneaDisorder/[Press Release]/-Dr. Markus Schmidt will review common sleep disorders and cardiovascular consequences of sleep apnea on Saturday, August 21st at 1:00 p.m. at the Health & Fitness Expo held at the Columbus Convention Center. The lecture is free and opened to the public attending the event.  

“Many residents in Central Ohio suffer from a sleep problem or disorder that affects not only their quality of life, but also their daytime performance and can have profound consequences on their overall mental and physical health,” says Dr. Markus Schmidt, medical director at the Ohio Sleep Medicine Institute. “Sleep is a vital element for our well-being, and addressing underlying conditions that contribute to insomnia, snoring, sleep apnea, restless nights or other sleep disturbances can completely change one’s life,” he adds. Read the rest of this entry

SleepApneaDisorder/[Press Release]/OMAHA, NE/- Experienced dentist in Omaha, Dr. Mark Braasch of Braasch Dentistry, is now offering advanced treatment for patients suffering from sleep apnea and migraines. This dentist in Omaha, NE is trained in neuromuscular dentistry as well as the treatment for mild to moderate sleep-related breathing disorders, and has successfully treated several patients for these serious conditions from his state-of-the-art facility. Read the rest of this entry

If you have COPD, chronic asthma, lung disease or sleep apnea, you won’t want to miss Pulmonary Smackdown: Breathe Easier! a program to help you gain control over your symptoms.

The program features pulmonologists, respiratory therapists and experts in diet, exercise, sleep and pharmacy to help you to learn to breathe easier and sleep better.

The day includes a panel discussion, workshops, cooking and exercise demonstrations, plus a healthy lunch prepared by a chef and Registered Dietitian. Learn how you can breathe easier, sleep better and improve your strength and stamina. Read the rest of this entry

A recently research report on a patient with mental retardation and chronic hypercapnic respiratory failure who was found to have severe central apnea and periodic breathing while undergoing an evaluation of low oxygen saturation during wakefulness at rest has revealed that the Joubert syndrome is closely associated with severe central sleep apnea.

Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain, which was performed to uncover potential causes for the central sleep apnea, revealed a “molar tooth sign” consistent with the diagnosis of Joubert syndrome. Read the rest of this entry

A team of researchers at the Sleep Disorders Unit, Loewenstein Hospital-Rehabilitation Center, Raanana, Israel attempted to evaluate the effect of body position on REM-related obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients. 

In the specifically conducted retrospective analysis for 100 consecutive adult OSA patients (apnea-hypopnea index [AHI] ? 5) who had ? 10 min of REM sleep in both supine and lateral postures. Read the rest of this entry

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