Reggie WhiteThe Pro Player Health Alliance (PPHA) organized an additional day of screening for sleep apnea during the Super Bowl. Dr. Jim Moreau, a general dentist from the New Orleans area, associated with the PPHA to screen NFL football players for sleep apnea.

The PPHA is continuing its momentum with former NFL legends to help spread awareness on the deadly disorder Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Sleep apnea has taken the life of at least one former NFL great, Reggie White, and it is believed that sleep apnea is prevalent among other active and retired players as well.

Moreau has over 12 years of experience working with patients with disorders related to TMJ, facial muscles and occlusion (bites). In 2009, the year the New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl, Moreau was invited to help provide specialized performance athletic mouth guards to about 25 New Orleans Saints players.  Read the rest of this entry

clarity allergy center chicagoSleepApneaDisorder/[Press Release ]/ CHICAGO/ — Physical well-being is not the only thing impaired by disrupted sleep patterns. While we’ve all experienced a sluggish day after a poor night’s sleep, adults with untreated obstructive sleep apnea can jeopardize much more than a productive day at the office. Drowsy, fatigued drivers have reduced reaction times and decision-making skills, posing a significant risk to themselves and others on the road. Dr. Brian Rotskoff of Clarity Allergy Center tests for and treats adult sleep apnea and childhood obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) at his three Chicagoland offices.

Dr. Rotskoff specializes in nasal allergies, immunotherapy, asthma, as well as sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment. “Sleep apnea is a breathing issue, first and foremost,” explains Dr. Rotskoff. “It is often characterized by snoring and restless sleep patterns, but what really happens during sleep apnea is breathing resistance or pauses in breathing. That resistance shouldn’t be ignored.”  Read the rest of this entry

Obstructive Sleep Apnea:New Research Explorations

OSA1An important new finding has come from an observational study linking obstructive sleep apnea with cancer mortality. Based on 22 years of follow-up data from the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort, investigators reported that mortality was higher for people with mild obstructive sleep apnea , moderate obstructive sleep apnea , and severe obstructive sleep apnea .

Cancer mortality in this context refers to all types of cancer, with lung cancer the most frequent. The researchers cited preclinical studies showing that chronic or intermittent hypoxia—the latter mimicking clinical obstructive sleep apnea—can lead to tumor growth and resistance to radiotherapy. This new research provides a possible mechanistic link between obesity and cancer, and will help to increase awareness of obstructive sleep apnea by broadening its potential detrimental outcomes beyond the cardiovascular system. Whether the purported effects of obstructive sleep apnea on cancer mortality will be reported in other cohorts or can be mitigated by intervention is unclear. Read the rest of this entry

cpapContinuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) effectively decreases the risk of cardiovascular death in elderly patients who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA),

Findings of a research study conducted in Spain attempted assessment OSA and the effectiveness of CPAP treatment in cardiovascular mortality in the elderly and revealed that the younger patients, elderly patients with severe, untreated sleep apnea have a higher cardiovascular mortality than those with mild to moderate disease or those without sleep apnea.

The research also revealed that treatment with CPAP can reduce cardiovascular mortality in elderly OSA patients to levels similar to those found in patients without disease or with mild to moderate sleep apnea. Read the rest of this entry

central sleep apneaAlong with obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea is one of the two main forms of sleep apnea, a dangerous class of sleep disorders characterized by an interruption of breathing of 10 seconds or more numerous times an hour during sleep.

Dangers of Central Sleep Apnea 

Although central sleep apnea is less common than obstructive sleep apnea, it is just as dangerous.

Central sleep apnea can result in severe morning headaches, daytime fatigue, anxiety, depression, short-term memory problems and difficulty focusing.  Read the rest of this entry

sleep apneaA recently concluded research study at the EUROECHO and other Imaging Modalities 2012 revealed that people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have the same early cardiovascular damage as diabetics.

The research study involved detailed assessment of  endothelial and arterial function in 20 non-diabetic patients with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) , 20 patients with treated type 2 diabetes mellitus (matched for age, sex and cardiovascular risk factors), and 20 healthy controls (age and sex matched). Read the rest of this entry

cpap therapyA recently concluded research published in the journal SLEEP attempted to determine the neurocognitive effects of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy on patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

The Apnea Positive Pressure Long-term Efficacy Study was a 6-month, randomized, double-blind, 2-arm, sham-controlled, multicenter trial conducted at 5 U.S. university, hospital, or private practices. Of 1,516 participants enrolled, 1,105 were randomized, and 1,098 participants diagnosed with OSA contributed to the analysis of the primary outcome measures. Read the rest of this entry

Controlling Sleep Apnea At Higher Altitudes

higher altitude problemsA research concluded recently has revealed its findings that those who are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may control the sleep issue while traveling to higher altitudes if they can combine auto-adjusted continuous positive airway pressure (autoCPAP) with acetazolamide.

“Our study provides important information for patients with OSA planning a stay at altitude because they can continue using their CPAP in auto-adjusting mode during altitude travel and enhance this treatment with acetazolamide if they want to spend less time awake at night, to achieve a higher arterial oxygen saturation and an optimal control of sleep apnea,” said Konrad Bloch, from University Hospital of Zurich in Switzerland. Read the rest of this entry

Almost 7% of the Malaysian adult population is suffering from obstructive sleep apnea(OSA), a deadly sleep disorder that severely affects the breathing process.

The Philips Health and Wellbeing Index is a comprehensive analysis of responses from over 31,000 people (from 47 countries, including Malaysia) on their health and wellbeing. This specific sleep study concluded in the year 2010 and the findings were released at the end of 2011.

“Most common cause of all sleep-related disorders was obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). People who have this disorder stop breathing repeatedly while sleeping”, says Philips Malaysia managing director Naeem Shahab Khan. . Read the rest of this entry

Siesta Medical, Inc., a developer of minimally invasive surgical solutions for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), announced the U.S. launch of its Encore™ Tongue Suspension System for the treatment of OSA. The Encore™ System simplifies and improves the control of tongue suspension, a procedure shown to be an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Dr. Jason van Tassel at Washington Hospital in Fremont, CA performed one of the first patient implants.

“Through a small incision, the Encore System allowed me to navigate the tongue base and easily place suspension loops. Controlling the final tension and advancement of the tongue base was easy and much simpler than with previous tongue suspension devices. This was a quick and minimally invasive surgery and is a potentially attractive surgical option for OSA patients with tongue base obstructions” said Dr. van Tassel. Read the rest of this entry

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