Melatonin: Hormone That Tells You When to Sleep

Melatonin is one among the several natural hormones. The pineal gland located within the brain of a human body secretes ‘melatonin hormone’. The “pineal gland” is almost equal to the size of a pea. To be very precise, it is exactly located just above the middle of the brain.

Pineal Gland, Light, and Melatonin

The pineal gland acts like the internal clock of the human body specifically the brains. This internal clock is responsible for commanding the brain that it is time to go to the bed or when to sleep. Read the rest of this entry

Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Diabetes have a close relationship.

“There is increasing attention to the causes, consequences, and treatment of OSA. OSA is a condition that millions of Americans suffer from, many without knowing it”,says .Dr. Gary D. Foster, a member of the Advisory Board for DiabetesCare.net

According to Dr. Foster obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is closely associated with impaired faster glucose, glucose intolerance, and type 2 diabetes.

“A recent comprehensive literature review, comprised of 83 studies, found among all of the sleep disorders, OSA has the strongest association with type 2 diabetes,. It is possible that the relationship goes in both directions. Poor sleep quality and intermittent hypoxemia from OSA may serve as the catalyst for glucose dysregulation. Over time these abnormalities may accelerate weight gain, which increases the severity of OSA”, explained Dr. Foster

Your eyes tell about overall health. 

A study concluded on people with sleep apnea found an amazing correlation with increased risk for glaucoma and stroke.In all 83 people with sleep apnea participated in this research study. Out of these 83 people in the study — fully one third had glaucoma!  

If you have sleep apnea you should see your eye doctor regularly and mention you have SA. Keep regular visits with your primary care physician to monitor blood pressure, serum cholesterol, and blood sugar.Symptoms of sleep apnea-which usually occur in overweight males, include daytime sleepiness, chronic fatigue, and decreased cognitive function.

Another study found 40 minutes of exercise per day (such as brisk walking), four days per week lowered pressure in the eyes as effectively as some eye drop medications! This means exercise can reduce your risk of glaucoma, or if you already have it, exercise will help your glaucoma medications work better.

The new medical equipment report, ‘Argentina Anesthesia and Respiratory Devices Market Outlook to 2016′ provides key market data on the Argentina 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. Read the rest of this entry

GlobalData’s medical equipment report, “Spain Anesthesia and Respiratory Devices Market Outlook to 2016″ provides key market data on the Spain 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. Read the rest of this entry

A recently concluded  research study established that the patients denied bariatric surgery by their insurer developed a host of new obesity-related diseases and conditions including Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) , within three years. 

Another study on insurers, showed that patients on insurance-mandated diet programs for six months before bariatric surgery did no better than patients with no such insurance requirement. However, patients on these programs had to wait, on average, about four months longer for surgery. 

Findings of this new research study were presented at the 27th annual scientific meeting of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) recently.

Research and Markets  has released the addition of the “Japan Patient Monitoring and Diagnostic Systems Market Assessment and Forecasts to 2015” report to their offering.

This report provides market information of patient monitoring and diagnostic systems sector in Japan. Patient monitoring and diagnostic systems sector is broken down to categories, categories to sub-categories and subsequently to segments. The scope of this report includes market size in terms of value ($mn) & volume (units), average ($) selling price of each product type and market shares (%) of companies operating in respective sectors and categories. Read the rest of this entry

The aim was to test the hypothesis that the blood serum of rats subjected to recurrent airway obstructions mimicking obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) induces early activation of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) and enhancement of endothelial wound healing.

Methods

We studied 30 control rats and 30 rats subjected to recurrent obstructive apneas (60 per hour, lasting 15 s each, for 5 h). The migration induced in MSC by apneic serum was measured by transwell assays. Read the rest of this entry

Landon Medical, the leading manufacturer of Pulse Oximeters revolutionizes the oximeter industry with the first affordable, FDA-approved Landon Medical LM-800 Fingertip Pulse Oximeter priced at $39.

The LM-800 Fingertip Pulse Oximeter measures SpO2 (percentage of oxygen saturation in the blood) and pulse rate with accuracy and ease. Specifically manufactured to be lightweight and portable the LM-800 model provides fast and accurate readings of blood oxygen saturation and pulse rate. Small and compact, it provides complete oximetry solutions while still able to fit in your pocket.

“It is without a doubt that affordability of a pulse oximeter is one of the largest barriers to patients purchasing this incredible medical device,” said Dr. Shiv Khanna of the Lavale Clinic based in Cumberland, MD. “However, an oximeter priced at $39 is truly a step in the right direction as far as allowing those who couldn’t typically afford a pulse oximeter access to this essential medical device.”

The LM-800 Pulse Oximeter is a widely-used medical device all healthcare facilities, including hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient surgery centers, physician offices, dentist offices, emergency and ambulatory situations, sport athletes, as well for home diagnostics for monitoring such illnesses as sleep apnea,COPD, cardiac problems, respiratory issues, asthma, and many more.

Cardiac Concepts, Inc., a developer of medical devices to treat Heart Failure patients who experience breathing disturbances during sleep, announced today enrollment of the first European patients in a Pilot Clinical Trial.

The purpose of the Pilot Study is to understand the respiratory and cardiac benefits of the RespiCardia(TM) System when treating a breathing disorder known as Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) in Heart Failure patients. Prof. Piotr Ponikowski, Principal Investigator of the Pilot Clinical Trial at The Medical University/4th Military Hospital in Wroclaw, Poland, commented that the system was successfully implanted in 2 male patients, ages 57 and 68 years with ischemic cardiomyopathy and symptoms of moderate heart failure. Despite optimal medical management, both experienced severe sleep breathing disorders. The trial is a 40 patient study being conducted in a number of centers worldwide. Implants are expected to begin in the United States in the coming months. Read the rest of this entry

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