Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 at 3:35 PM
Royal Philips Electronics has recently launched a five-year program providing free online screening for sleep apnea, a condition characterized by snoring that can lead to heart disease, diabetes, depression and other bummers.
Sleep research is fast becoming a boom industry, and there are many sleep research centers, sleep laboratories, and sleep hospitals around that will pay for participating in their programs and studies.
“Believe it or not, there are ways to get paid while you sleep,” says the website eHow. “You probably can’t get rich from any of these endeavors, but they can help to supplement your daytime income or pay bills between jobs. Many of them also allow you to follow a normal routine during the day.” Read the rest of this entry
Friday, March 22nd, 2013 at 1:01 PM
Among patients who were identified as likely having moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea, treatment based in primary care was not clinically inferior to treatment at a specialist sleep center for improvement in daytime sleepiness scores, according to a study appearing in the March 13 issue of JAMA.
“Obstructive sleep apnea with accompanying daytime sleepiness was estimated during the early 1990s to affect between 2 percent and 4 percent of middle-aged adults. With growing awareness of the public health implications of untreated disease and rising obesity rates that have increased the prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea, there has been a steady demand for sleep service provision in specialist centers and growing waiting lists for sleep physician consultation and laboratory-based polysomnography (PSG),” according to background information in the article. Read the rest of this entry
Friday, March 8th, 2013 at 9:24 PM
WellStar Health System is celebrating helping people sleep better with the 20th anniversary of WellStar’s Sleep Medicine Program.
The Sleep Medicine Program was launch in March of 1993 with a two-beded sleep center at WellStar Kennestone Hospital. Today, WellStar’s Sleep Medicine Program has 20 beds at four locations in metro Atlanta and has performed nearly 30,000 sleep studies.
About 40 million people in the United States suffer from chronic long-term sleep disorders, and an additional 20 million people experience occasional sleep problems. The WellStar Sleep Medicine Program treats sleep disorders ranging from insomnia to sleep apnea.
Sleep centers are located at WellStar Douglas, Paulding and Windy Hill Hospitals and the WellStar Acworth Health Park. The Sleep Medicine program now offers home sleep testing and plans to open two additional sleep centers at South Cherokee Medical Center in Woodstock and at the new East Cobb Health Park, slated to open September 2014. For more information, call 770-956-STAR or visit wellstar.org.
Monday, February 11th, 2013 at 12:23 PM
Sleep disorders affect millions of Americans each year, and for the cause of addressing the issue Dr. Fakhre Alam decided to open a laboratory, research and treatment facility, the “Advanced Sleep Institute” in Carbondale in October. An estimated 50 to 70 million Americans suffered from sleep-related difficulties in 2011, according to self-reporting statistics compiled by the federal Centers for Disease Control. Sleep apnea is the most common sleep disorder, and it can affect memory, concentration and mood.
Dr. Alam chose Carbondale because the city lacked a sleep disorder center. He also thought it would be convenient for his and others’ patients in Carbondale who suffer from sleep disorders.
Advanced Sleep Institute features four observation rooms with full-size beds, fans, private bathrooms, flat-screen televisions and other amenities. Subjects are monitored using sensors attached to their bodies while technicians observe them with cameras capable of zooming in close enough to read the face of a wristwatch. Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Sleep apnea is a deadly disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times.
The home sleep apnea testing started in the month of January. Till the availability of home based sleep apnea testing only the sleep centers at Cameron Hospital in Angola, DeKalb Health in Auburn, Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville and Parkview LaGrange Hospital in LaGrange used to offer such tests. Sleep testing at a sleep center involved spending the night in the hospital and wearing wires connected to monitors.
Weldon Cline, the Parkview Noble polysomonographer technologist says that some people may be eligible to have these tests done in the comfort of their own homes. Read the rest of this entry
Saturday, January 5th, 2013 at 3:42 PM
As more Americans come to grips with the serious nature of their sleep problems, the number of medical facilities treating sleep illness is on the rise.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has accredited its 2,500th sleep center, setting an all-time high. That’s twice as many as five years ago and five times greater than a decade ago. The first center was accredited in 1977.
In addition, reflecting steadily increased demand for information and treatment, the Academy launched a website at www.sleepeducation.com, where sleep-starved Americans can search for the nearest AASM accredited member sleep centers.
“In general, far too many people accept sleep deprivation and sleepiness as a way of life. They see treatment of sleep illnesses as optional, like elective surgery. Our goal is to change attitudes and make medical treatment available,” said AASM President Sam Fleishman, MD. Read the rest of this entry
Monday, February 27th, 2012 at 9:59 PM
St. Luke’s Cornwall Center for Sleep Medicine has launched a new, free, support group, for patients with sleep apnea or other sleep disorders.
The first quarterly meeting for the A.W.A.K.E. (Alert, Well And Keeping Energetic) support group will be held Wednesday, March 21 from 6:15 – 8:15 p.m. at the 2nd Floor Conference Room at the Cornwall campus located on 19 Laurel Avenue in Cornwall. Refreshments will be served.
“We’re excited to launch the Mid-Hudson Valley chapter of this new support group through our Sleep Medicine program,” said Dr. Anita Bhola, Medical Director, St. Luke’s Cornwall Center for Sleep Medicine. Patients will be put in touch with doctors, manufacturing reps, DME and other experts in the field to have their questions answered in an informal patient friendly setting.
St. Luke’s Cornwall Center for Sleep Medicine is committed to enhancing quality of life for those experiencing disruptive sleep. Using advanced diagnostics and the latest research in the field highly qualified staff evaluates patient’s sleep patterns and devise a custom treatment plan to improve their ability to sleep.
Monday, February 20th, 2012 at 1:43 PM
NovaSom, Inc., the leader in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) home testing and cost-containment solutions, has announced UnitedHealthcare plan participants now have access to NovaSom home sleep testing services for sleep apnea diagnosis. Home sleep testing is a clinically equivalent alternative to in-facility sleep testing that can be performed from the comfort and privacy of a patient’s home, at a fraction of the cost.
NovaSom will utilize its field-based provider relations team to educate physicians on appropriate screening parameters that will help identify clinically appropriate patients for home sleep testing. NovaSom will also make available a customized, provider-friendly workflow process aligned with prior authorization requirements to assure cost-effective diagnosis and initiation of treatment through its proprietary cloud-based MediTrack®System. Read the rest of this entry
Monday, January 23rd, 2012 at 2:31 PM
Nemours/Alfred I. du Pont Hospital for Children (AIDHC) and Delaware Sleep Disorder Centers are pleased to announce a collaboration to provide sleep studies for children ages six to 18.
Adequate, restorative sleep is essential to maintaining good health. If a child has difficulty sleeping, a sleep test and subsequent evaluation can help identify the problem. Under this collaboration, tests are done at the Smyrna, Delaware Sleep Disorder Center in a child friendly atmosphere with state-of-the-art equipment for a full range of sleep disorders. Following the testing, Nemours sleep specialists will interpret all studies and are available for consultations. Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 at 4:17 PM
Many women are turning to unnatural remedies to get to sleep.
Research finds more and more women are turning to sleeping pills in order to get their beauty sleep. It’s a problem that’s sending many women to rehab clinics.
A study from the National Sleep Foundation found nearly three in ten women say they take sleeping aids at least a few nights a week.
Doctor Nancy Collop at the Emory University’s sleep center reports that three out of four insomnia patients are female.
She examines more over scheduled soccer moms, stressed out working women, and women undergoing hormonal changes taking pills to help them rest. Read the rest of this entry