Home sleep testing devices have become popular among medical providers to  determine whether or not patients may have obstructive sleep apnea.  Left  untreated, sleep apnea can account for higher risks of accidents, obesity, heart  disease, diabetes, and even colon cancer.

Medical professionals upload raw data  off the machine through the pm-Assist?  service that is scored by Registered Polysomnographic Technicians (RPSGT),  interpreted by Board Certified Sleep Physicians, and in as little as 24 hours  receive a diagnostic report.

“The growth of our pm-Assist program parallels the growth of home sleep  testing in the industry,” commented Dr. Benjamin Gerson, Chief Medical Director  of University Services, the parent  company of pm-Assist. Read the rest of this entry

Reportlinker.com announced the release of a new market research report “Global  Sleep Apnea Diagnostic And Therapeutic Devices Industry“.    This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Sleep Apnea Diagnostic and Therapeutic Devices in US$ Million  by the following Product Segments: Diagnostic Devices (Fixed PSG, Ambulatory  PSG, & Others include Screening Devices), and Therapeutic Devices (CPAP,  Bi-Level PAP, Auto PAP, & Facial Interfaces ,Masks and Humidifiers).

The  report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Japan, Europe, and  Rest of World. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2007  through 2015. A seven-year historic analysis is also provided for these markets. Read the rest of this entry

This experimental device from Maple Grove-based Inspire Medical is designed to tame symptoms of sleep apnea. Not approved for general use in the U.S., the device is the subject of a new study involving two medical centers in Minnesota. (Courtesy to Pioneer Press: Inspire Medical)

People who struggle with obstructive sleep apnea often find that the leading treatment for the condition can make it just as tough to sleep.

Patients undergoing continuous positive airway pressure therapy – called CPAP, for short – must try to sleep while wearing a mask hooked to a bedside machine. The device pushes air through the mask to open the user’s airway, but many patients find the treatment itself is difficult to tolerate.

That frustrating trade-off is a key reason why two companies in the Twin Cities and another in California are racing to develop pacemaker-style equipment that could provide an alternative. The devices stimulate a nerve that controls tongue movement in hopes of preventing the tongue from blocking the airway during sleep.

The devices are being tested in research studies and – in a best-case scenario – wouldn’t be widely available in the United States for a few years. Even so, manufacturers will showcase their research this week at a meeting of sleep experts in Minneapolis. Doctors and analysts say the technological dream is not yet reality. [Read Complete Post By By Christopher Snowbeck … 

SleepApneaDisorder/ [Press Release ]/ SAN DIEGO, April 11, 2011 / — ResMed Inc.  today released its new S9 VPAP™ series of bilevel devices. Based on ResMed’s latest design and technology platform, the new bilevels include a range of sophisticated comfort technologies to promote long-term compliance.

“We are proud to announce the launch of the bilevel range of products on the S9™ platform, our latest and most innovative flow generator system for treating respiratory disorders including sleep-disordered breathing. Now, for the first time in our history, health care providers have one platform that can treat obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea and Cheyne–Stokes respiration, as well as provide noninvasive ventilation for patients requiring ventilatory support,” said Michael Farrell, Sr. Vice President of the Global Sleep Business Unit at ResMed. “Our goal is to increase patients’ quality of life by providing comfortable, quiet, easy-to-use and highly effective treatment. A critical element of successful treatment is long-term adherence to therapy.  Since its launch just over a year ago, the S9 Series has been able to help physicians and respiratory therapists achieve that goal—driving therapeutic compliance by patients around the globe.” Read the rest of this entry

The disaster in Japan has the world’s attention. Millions of people watch in horror as the people of Japan struggle to get through day by day. Japan suffered a 1-2-3 punch in the events of an earthquake, then a tsunami, and finally nuclear radiation worries. Many different teams of rescuers have been sent over to Japan to aid in the search and rescue efforts. These teams have been tasked with the responsibility to search for both survivors and bodies in various towns and villages along the east coast of Japan. What has become an almost requirement for these teams are tools that are both portable and easy to use

Hundreds of  Pulse Oximeters have been donated by many manufacturers and serving companies to Japan .for the emergency responders. The pulse oximeter, is a portable device used to measure the blood oxygen saturation and pulse rate of individuals. These pulse oximeters are not your old traditional tabletop units, but rather fingertip units which are smaller than your average mobile phone. A fingertip pulse oximeter operates on standard AA batteries, and provides its readings of blood oxygen saturation and pulse rate within seconds. Read the rest of this entry

Cactus Semiconductor, a Chandler company is doing leading-edge work in designing integrated  circuits for big advances in medicine. The company is  working with other high-tech businesses  to create devices implantable in the human body.

We’re working on devices now in trials that are being used to treat things  like sleep apnea devices delivering microscopic amounts of drugs at  precise intervals to treat pain or to treat some kind of disease,” said James  McDonald, president and co-founder of Cactus Semiconductor, a $3.5 million  company.

The neurostimulation devices could be used to treat chronic pain, epilepsy,  Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, Crohn’s disease, psoriasis  and atherosclerosis. Devices are typically implanted in the chest cavity with leads running to  areas needing stimulation, such as the brain. The devices are about 2 inches by  3 inches, and hold a 2-millimeter chip. Read the rest of this entry

New Treatments For Sleep Apnea

The prevalence of sleep apnea is expected to grow with the rise in obesity and the aging population, because age and weight are two factors that increase the chances of developing the chronic condition in which the back of the throat relaxes and the airway becomes blocked.

The use of dental devices to treat sleep apnea is growing in popularity, according to Sheri Katz, the president of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, a national organization that provides training and resources for dentists and orthodontists who treat sleep apnea.

Luria makes dental devices only for patients who can’t use a CPAP machine. “If you can wear the mask, wear the mask,” Luria says. “CPAP machines work phenomenally. But not everyone can wear the masks. That’s how dentistry got involved in this.” Luria says the dental appliances cost anywhere from $1,200 to $2,500. But all of them do the same thing: They move the jaw forward, pulling the tongue out of the back of the throat. [ Read Complete Post BY JEFF SEIDEL at DETROIT FREE PRESS …   ]

The options for oral appliances fall in two main categories: prescription devices you can get from a dentist or orthodontist and do-it-yourself products you can order online. All work by moving the lower jaw forward to create extra space in the airway, but they vary wildly in terms of cost.

Prescription devices such as the TAP 3 (short for Thornton adjustable positioner) are crafted in a lab to fit each individual mouth. They can cost roughly $2,000 to $3,000, including dentist fees. The TAP comes with an adjustment key that enables patients to gradually move the jaw a few millimeters at a time. It generally lasts three to five years.

Many dentists offer plastic “boil-and-bite” devices, such as the TheraSnore, that can be fitted during your visit for $300 to $800.

If that still sounds like a lot of money for a quiet night’s sleep, you might be tempted by an over-the-counter anti-snoring appliance. The VitalSleep appliance from the Stop Snoring Co. sells for about $40. It’s supposed to last about a year.[ Read Complete Post By Chris Woolston, Special At Los Angeles Times…  ]

Ultimate Sleep Apnea Guide:Free Ebook

SleepApneaDisorder / [ Press Release ] / Agoura Hills, CA /A good night’s sleep is one of the most important ways to stay healthy. That is why Nationwide Medical, Inc. is now offering an exclusive E-Book The Ultimate Sleep Apnea Guide, with Secrets on how to sleep better, safer and healthier, to generate more awareness for physicians and patients alike, who would like to learn more about sleep apnea, treatment methods, and ways to maximize the use of sleep apnea devices.

Obstructive sleep apnea affects an estimated 18 million Americans, many who will go a lifetime undiagnosed and untreated. The E-Book answers many common questions and offers insight on ways to increase quality of sleep, which also promotes healthy weight loss and can help prevent other conditions from progressing such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, stroke, and possibly death.

“Many people don’t know the harmful effects of untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). We have put together a comprehensive E-Book on important steps potential and current Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) patients can take to get the care they deserve,” said David Siegel, Chief Operating Officer of Nationwide Medical, Inc. Read the rest of this entry

Engineering expertise is taking on an ever-more important role in designing for manufacturability in the world of metal stamped parts and springs. Particularly in today’s new medical devices and firearms, engineering expertise is invaluable in driving down manufacturing costs.  

Expertise in prototyping parts to test and prove design concepts, suggesting ways to reduce secondary operations which reduces cost, and providing value engineering consulting expertise,  are key engineering skills that ensure the success of projects. Each is built on a foundation of communications and two-way dialogue that opens up the lines of communication.

One example is a large medical device company, for whom CSS produces a stamped flat spring located underneath the water tank of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) system used to treat sleep apnea. Working with the company, CSS developed an initial prototype, and worked through several design iterations before settling on a good design that could meet the requirements. A short run of 2500 proved the design, and more than 750,000 of the machines have since been manufactured.

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