Do you suffer from sleep apnea or have a family member or friend who suffers from it? If so, you are encouraged to attend this support group meeting on Monday, August 2 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Parrish Healthcare Center at Port St. John, 5005 Port St. John Parkway, (east of the I-95 Port St. John exit – see map). The meetings are held in the Conference Center by the south entrance (near the sleep lab). This is a free community service. Please call 321-268-6408 to register.  

At the August A.W.A.K.E. Support Group meeting you will learn about healthy eating from Board-Certified Geriatrician Pamela Tronetti, DO, AGSF, medical director of the Parrish Senior Consultation Center and the future Parrish Health Village.   Read the rest of this entry

The new medical equipment report, ´Taiwan Anesthesia and Respiratory Devices Market Outlook to 2016´ provides key market data on the Taiwan anesthesia and respiratory devices market. The report provides value (USD million), volume (units) and average price (USD) data for each segment and sub-segment within six market categories ? anesthesia disposables, anesthesia machines, respiratory devices, respiratory disposables, respiratory measurement devices,and sleep apnea diagnostic systems.

The report also provides company shares and distribution shares data for each of the aforementioned market categories. The report is supplemented with global corporate-level profiles of the key market participants with information on company financials and pipeline products, wherever available. Read the rest of this entry

New Sleep Aid App-iTune $2.99

According to the American Sleep Apnea Foundation, sleep apnea affects over 12 million Americans, but “the vast majority go undiagnosed.” If you find yourself suffering from daytime sleepiness and loud snoring at night, you might have sleep apnea.

The Sleep Aid App will record you sleeping, then allow you to compare your snoring and nighttime activity with samples of sleep apnea. This way, you can test yourself and be alerted to this life-threatening disorder without the need to go in for an expensive sleep study.

Department of Surgical Gastroenterology at Manipal Hospital, Bangalore inaugurated Bariatric Surgery Services, a comprehensive programme for bariatric surgery. This distinctive programme offers pre-operative education, state of the art surgical facility and post operative support.

The benefits of bariatric surgery have been carefully studied and it is recommended for patients with a body mass index of 37.5 Kg/m2 or those with a BMI above 32.5 Kg/m2 with co-morbidities. Bariatric surgery not only causes a significant and sustained weight loss but a significant improvement of co-morbidities. Almost 70 per cent of patients with morbidity hypertension and Type 2 diabetes can be expected to get off medications in about three months time. Read the rest of this entry

Philips Respironics ComfortGel Blue nasal mask is used in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).  Based on the company’s popular blue gel masks, this product is designed to help enhance patient comfort and compliance. 
Retaining the comfort and flexibility features found in previous gel masks, ComfortGel Blue incorporates several new features to make it the next generation of comfort and technology.  Included in this new product are an improved forehead pad designed to help reduce pressure points, a lower profile exhalation port with an integrated swivel that quietly directs air flow up and away from a bed partner, and a new gel cushion that gently conforms to facial features.  Used together with Philips Respironics System One Resistance Control, the mask will help deliver optimum PAP therapy and comfort. Read the rest of this entry

Overweight in children is most commonly described by using BMI. Because BMI does not adequately describe regional (central) adiposity, other indices of body fatness are being explored.

Neck circumference (NC) is positively associated with obstructive sleep apnea, diabetes, and hypertension in adults. NC also has positive correlation with BMI in adults. The possible role of NC in screening for high BMI in children is not well characterized. Read the rest of this entry

Clinic-based observational studies in men have reported that obstructive sleep apnea is associated with an increased incidence of coronary heart disease. The objective of this study was to assess the relation of obstructive sleep apnea to incident coronary heart disease and heart failure in a general community sample of adult men and women.

A total of 1927 men and 2495 women ?40 years of age and free of coronary heart disease and heart failure at the time of baseline polysomnography were followed up for a median of 8.7 years in this prospective longitudinal epidemiological study. Read the rest of this entry

Cherry juice could hold the key to a good night’s sleep, say scientists.

Volunteers who drank a glass of unsweetened cherry juice in the morning and evening enjoyed more shut-eye than when they drank the same amount of other juices, a study found.

Curing insomnia has become one of the biggest health challenges of the modern age.

About one in four adults suffer from it and a fifth regularly get fewer than five hours’ sleep a night. Read the rest of this entry

Silenor Promotion as Insomnia Treatment

[Press Release]- SAN DIEGO — Somaxon Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the in-licensing, development and commercialization of proprietary branded pharmaceutical products and late-stage product candidates for the treatment of diseases and disorders in the central nervous system therapeutic area, today announced that it has established a commercial team to promote Silenor(R) (doxepin) for the treatment of insomnia characterized by difficulties with sleep maintenance. Read the rest of this entry

Ensure your sleep apnea equipment is working efficiently and effectively with one-on-one service from respiratory specialists at a free CPAP/BiPAP Clinic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at Elkhart General Home Medical Equipment, 225 E. Jackson Blvd.

Appointments take only 20 minutes and include: pressure checks, mask and supply evaluations, filter changes and new equipment displays.

The clinics are the third Tuesday of each month.

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