The National Weather Service has posted an excessive heat warning for several counties in the western part of Tennessee and temperatures of 100 degrees or more are expected to spread to the middle of the state, affecting cities like Nashville. For many, these temperatures are uncomfortable, but for others, excessively hot weather can threaten their very lives.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2001 over 300 people lost their lives from excessive heat exposure. In the period between 1979 and 2003, more people died from extreme heat in the U.S. than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined. Read the rest of this entry

Sleep Apnea Pillows are Helpful

Sleep apnea pillows are specially constructed to prevent any lateral pressure on the side of the CPAP (continuous positive airflow) mask that is worn by many sleep apnea sufferers. This special pillow generally has a “scooped out” configuration on each of the 4 sides. This gives support to the top and back of the head without giving any support in the mouth area. It is best used by those individuals that prefer to sleep on their sides, though it may be helpful for those that choose to sleep on their backs.

These sleep apnea pillows are produced by many different companies and are readily available at both retail and through the internet. They do not require a prescription, and they are not very expensive. Insurance companies may reimburse for the pillow purchase, but the individual will need to check in advance.

This report provides critical market data on the patient monitoring and diagnostics sector in India. 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.

Home Health Monitoring:GE & Intel Launch New JV Company

GE and Intel have agreed to merge their home health assets to form a new 50/50 joint venture. The as yet unnamed new company, which will focus on telehealth and independent living, will be made up of GE Healthcare’s Home Health division and Intel’s Digital Health Group. The new company will focus on three segments: chronic disease management, independent living and assistive technologies. Some of the relevant assets moving to the new JV include Intel Health Guide, Intel Reader and GE Healthcare’s QuietCare. The new company plans to develop and market new products, services and technologies, too. Read the rest of this entry

Ambulatory BP studies indicate that even small increases in BP, particularly nighttime BP levels, are associated with significant increases in cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.

Accordingly, sleep-related diseases that induce increases in BP would be anticipated to substantially affect cardiovascular risk. Both sleep deprivation and insomnia have been linked to increases in incidence and prevalence of hypertension.

Likewise, sleep disruption attributable to restless legs syndrome increases the likelihood of having hypertension. Read the rest of this entry

In a recently completed research study the researchers examined that among children undergoing adenotonsillectomy for obstructive sleep apnea, what are the responsible factors that promote incomplete resolution of obstructive sleep apnea.

In quest to this exploration researchers  attempted to assess the efficacy of surgical removal of the tonsils and adenoids (adenotonsillectomy [AT]) in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in children, and to delineate factors associated with persistent OSA, a retrospective review of pre- and postsurgery polysomnograms (PSG) through a research study which was conducted at eight facilities in the US and Europe. Read the rest of this entry

The Cuyahoga County New Product Development and Entrepreneurship Loan Fund awarded Cleveland Medical Devices Inc. $60,000 to step up commercialization of the company’s SleepView device for sleep apnea screening at home.

CleveMed has a lineup of wireless diagnostic sleep systems, including SleepView, which is the smallest and lightest home sleep monitor with an American Academy of Sleep Medicine-recommended Type 3 channel set.

“This is all about, how do we start to commercialize this more?” said CleveMed chairman Bob Schmidt. “We want to expand from the hundreds of places [where the device is used] now to thousands of places.”

CleveMed develops innovative biomedical signal processing and instrumentation devices for sleep and movement disorders, like Parkinson’s.

New Low Pressure Sensor for Sleep Apnea Devices

[Press Release]-/-Servoflo Corporation of Lexington, Massachusetts is pleased to announce the MS5701 low pressure sensor with an I2C or SPI digital interface. Available in either differential or gauge models, the MS5701 can measure as low as ±2.5″ H2O up to ±10″ H2O in a differential version. The gauge model comes in ranges from +2″ H2O to +20″ H2O.

Using the latest in MEMS technology, the MS5701 has a low supply voltage of 1.8 to 3.6V with a 1 mA power consumption. Furthermore, the MS5701 pressure sensor has a high resolution of 0.0004″ of water (0.001 mbar) and a fast conversion of 0.54 milliseconds. A 24-bit pressure and temperature output allows for integration to any microcontroller. The I2C or SPI interface communicates up to 20 MHz. Read the rest of this entry

This research service analyzes market trends in the U.S. sleep apnea diagnostic and therapeutic devices market since 2005, predicts future changes in market measurements through 2015, and discusses specific challenges facing industry participants and strategic recommendations targeted to overcome these challenges.

The major segments covered are sleep apnea diagnostic and therapeutic devices. Market revenues and unit shipments are presented and discussed and sub-segmented by these different settings.

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Cardiac Concepts Inc., a med-tech firm that’s remained largely quiet since raising $21 million in venture capital in 2008, has launched a clinical trial in Europe.

The Minnetonka-based firm has enrolled its first patient in the study, which will examine how its implantable device can help heart failure patients who suffer from sleep apnea. The company’s product, the RespiCardia System, is designed to treat central sleep apnea, where breathing is disrupted when muscles in the chest don’t work properly. The company will test its device on 40 patients.

Central sleep apnea is different from obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that causes throat muscles to contract. Twin Cities firms, including Apnex Medical Inc., are developing implantable devices to treat that condition.

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