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  • Sleep apnea mask treatment fails to curb heart risks

    08/30/2016 1:39:12 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 83 replies
    upi ^ | 08/30/2016 | E.J. Mundell, HealthDay News
    - The nighttime breathing difficulties of obstructive sleep apnea have long been linked to an increase in cardiovascular risks. However, a new study throws confusion into that link. While treatment with CPAP did lower sleep apnea symptoms, it did nothing to lower users' long-term odds for heart attack, stroke or heart-related death. ... McEvoy believes that, for one thing, prior observational studies may have "overestimated" the link between sleep apnea and cardiovascular outcomes. If the link is weaker than was thought, then curbing sleep apnea might not bring about as big a heart benefit as hoped, he reasoned. Another factor...
  • Do you have sleep apnea? Lack of rest could be making you fat

    08/09/2016 7:16:56 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies ^ | 08/09/2016 | Molly Kimball
    There's no question that sleep is intricately tied to weight. How big a factor is it? Perpetual sleep deprivation can undermine weight loss efforts as significantly as adding a Big Mac to our regular daily diet. Research is so strong for the case for sufficient sleep as a weight loss aid that as a nutritionist I look at sleep as the third element in the trifecta of factors that impact our weight, right alongside diet and exercise. So it should be no surprise that sleep apnea – a condition where people stop breathing during sleep, as often as 30 times...

    02/23/2016 2:26:43 PM PST · by PROCON · 82 replies
    AP ^ | Feb. 23, 2016 | DAVID WARREN
    DALLAS (AP) -- A letter from the Supreme Court's doctor says Antonin Scalia suffered from coronary artery disease, obesity and diabetes, among other ailments that probably contributed to the justice's sudden death. Presidio County District Attorney Rod Ponton cited the letter Tuesday, when he told The Associated Press there was nothing suspicious about the Feb. 13 death of the 79-year-old jurist. He said the long list of health problems made an autopsy unnecessary.
  • Poor Sleep Tied to Hardened Brain Arteries in Older Adults

    01/14/2016 8:50:10 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 29 replies ^ | January 14, 2016 09:39pm ET | Agata Blaszczak-Boxe
    The researchers had shown that fragmented sleep - which is sleep interrupted by frequent awakenings or arousals — was linked with an increased risk of dementia and cognitive decline, Lim told Live Science. "However, there were gaps in what we knew about underlying brain changes that may link sleep fragmentation with these neurological outcomes," he said. In the new study, the researchers looked at the brains of 315 people who underwent autopsies after they died. The people were 90 years old, on average, when they died, and 70 percent were women. At some point before they died, the people in...
  • Hospital won't aid transfer of girl on ventilator

    01/02/2014 1:08:18 PM PST · by Anton.Rutter · 226 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Dec. 31, 2013 | Lisa Leff & Terry Collins (AP)
    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A California hospital is unwilling to allow an outside doctor to fit a 13-year-old declared brain dead after tonsil surgery with the breathing and feeding tubes that would allow her to be safely transferred to another facility, its lawyer said Tuesday. Children's Hospital Oakland will not permit the procedures to be performed on its premises because Jahi McMath is legally dead in the view of doctors who have examined her, lawyer Douglas Straus wrote in a letter to the girl's family. "Performing medical procedures on the body of a deceased human being is simply not something...
  • There IS such a thing as ‘beauty sleep’: Researchers say snoring makes you look old, ugly and dopey

    09/15/2013 10:11:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 11:03 EST, 14 September 2013 | Ellie Buchdahl
    Getting your beauty sleep can really improve your looks—and snoring can have the opposite effect, according to researchers. A study into sleep apnea—a condition marked by snoring and breathing interruptions—has shown that people with the condition appeared less attractive, youthful and alert than restful sleepers. Sufferers who were treated for the condition also appeared more attractive—with two thirds of the patients in the study being rated more highly in photos taken after treatment than before. …
  • Sleep apnea can raise risk of cancer, studies indicate

    05/21/2012 6:27:08 AM PDT · by carriage_hill · 22 replies
    Fox ^ | May 21, 2012 | NewsCore
    <p>Two new studies indicate that people who suffer sleep apnea have a higher risk of developing cancer.</p> <p>Due to be presented in San Francisco this week at an American Thoracic Society conference, the findings have been touted as "striking" by researchers, the New York Times reported.</p>
  • Treating Sleep Apnea Without the Mask

    04/10/2012 3:37:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 9, 2012 | ANAHAD O’CONNOR
    About 28 million Americans have sleep apnea, which causes repeated awakenings and pauses in breathing during the night, sometimes resulting in loud snoring and gasps for air. For decades, the standard treatment has been “continuous positive airway pressure.” A mask worn at night pushes air into the nasal passages, enabling easier breathing. C.P.A.P. reduces and in some cases completely prevents episodes of apnea. But the mask is like something from a bad science fiction movie: big, bulky and obtrusive. Many patients simply refuse to wear it or rip it off while asleep. Studies show that about half of all people...
  • An Alzheimer's Vaccine in a Nasal Spray

    02/28/2011 10:52:57 AM PST · by decimon · 19 replies
    American Friends of Tel Aviv University ^ | February 28, 2011 | Unknown
    TAU researchers develop a vaccine that staves off stroke as wellOne in eight Americans will fall prey to Alzheimer's disease at some point in their life, current statistics say. Because Alzheimer's is associated with vascular damage in the brain, many of them will succumb through a painful and potentially fatal stroke. But researchers led by Dr. Dan Frenkel of Tel Aviv University's Department of Neurobiology at the George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences are working on a nasally-delivered 2-in-1 vaccine that promises to protect against both Alzheimer's and stroke. The new vaccine repairs vascular damage in the brain by...
  • Mayo Clinic Finds Sleep Apnea May Be Risk Factor For Sudden Cardiac Death In Study Of 11,000

    12/27/2008 3:07:32 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies · 1,397+ views
    24/7 Press Release ^ | December 27, 2008 | Dr. Ira L Shapira
    Mayo Clinic cardiologist Apoor Gami, M.D., the lead researcher on the study, presented his findings at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2008 in New Orleans. "Nighttime low oxygen saturation in the blood is an important complication of obstructive sleep apnea," according to Virend Somers, M.D., Ph.D., the study's principal investigator. "Our data showed that an average nighttime oxygen saturation of the blood of 93 percent and lowest nighttime saturation of 78 percent strongly predicted SCD, independent of other well-established risk factors, such as high cholesterol. These findings implicate OSA, a relatively common condition, as a novel risk factor for...
  • Procedure helps to eliminate sleep apnea

    10/24/2007 12:11:25 PM PDT · by crazyshrink · 85 replies · 164+ views
    EurekAlert ^ | 10/24/07 | Akram Khan, MD
    Oral surgery can reduce CPAP needs in patients with sleep apnea (Chicago, IL, October 24, 2007) — A procedure known as uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) may help some patients improve or even eliminate their obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), according to a new study. The research, presented at CHEST 2007, the 73rd annual international scientific assembly of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), says the procedure, which removes excess tissue in the throat or mouth to widen the airway, can reduce the amount of treatment required by patients with OSA. In addition, researchers say UPPP also can eliminate OSA completely in some...
  • Sleep Apnea?

    11/23/2001 3:12:15 AM PST · by auggy · 51 replies · 2,228+ views
    self ^ | November 23, 2001 | Auggy
    Does anyone have this problem? In my sleep, I bite my tongue. Hard. Bleeding hard. I have ruined many pillow cases with large areas of blood soaked pillow cases. My tongue looks like raw hamburger meat, at times. I tested positive for sleep apnea. I woke an average of 49 times per hour, from lack of oxygen, or unable to breath. I use a breathing machine with a chin strap to help my problem. It helps,but it isn't a 100%. I woke this morning at 3:30 AM and immediately took the pillow case off to soak the stain. I have ...
  • Want to stop snoring? Try the didgeridoo

    12/22/2005 9:24:19 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 596+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/22/05 | Reuters
    LONDON (Reuters) - Kept awake at night by a snoring partner? The answer to your woes could lie -- believe it or not -- with the Australian didgeridoo. Researchers in Switzerland examined 25 patients who suffered from snoring and moderate obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, both common sleep disorders. Half the group were given daily lessons in playing the didgeridoo, a wind instrument about 1.5 meters (yards) long which originated in northern Australia and is traditionally made from the trunk of a tree hollowed out by termites. The study, published in the British Medical Journal's online edition on Friday, found that...
  • Sleep apnea doubles risk of stroke, death - study

    11/09/2005 11:01:10 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 1,279+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/09/05 | Gene Emery
    BOSTON (Reuters) - The common form of sleep apnea, in which the throat closes off throughout the night, at least doubles the risk of stroke or death, a study released on Wednesday showed. The researchers at Yale University also raised questions about whether existing apnea treatments reduced that risk, the study published in The New England Journal of Medicine showed. A separate Canadian study also published in the journal concluded that breathing machines used to treat a form of apnea common in people with heart failure do not prevent death or the need for a heart transplant. About 4 percent...
  • 'Dying in sleep' linked to sleep apnea - study

    08/08/2005 3:50:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 60 replies · 1,862+ views
    Reuters & Yahoo ^ | August 8, 2005
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - People who die in their sleep may stop breathing because they have lost too many brain cells, U.S. researchers reported on Monday. Sleep apnea -- a condition in which people stop breathing for long stretches of time in their sleep -- may sometimes be caused by the destruction of cells in the brain stem, where autonomic functions such as breathing are controlled, they said. Tests on rats showed that the loss of key brain stem cells that die off with age caused such disrupted sleep that the animals eventually stopped breathing completely. The same thing may be...
  • Israeli device eases the burden of sleep apnea sufferers

    02/06/2005 7:06:43 PM PST · by ddtorque · 26 replies · 1,161+ views
    ...the most common way to treat [sleep apnea] is for patients to wear a large and uncomfortable device, which resembles an oxygen mask, as they sleep. This device, called a CPAP, pulls the lower jaw forward enabling sleepers to breathe through their mouths. The device is unpleasant to wear, however, dries the mouth, irritates the skin on the face, and is difficult to take on and off if the patient needs to get up briefly in the night. ..[Israeli startup SleepUp] has developed a family of devices for patients suffering mild, moderate and severe sleep apnea, which are smaller, lighter,...
  • Sleeping giant: In Reggie White's death, NFL must quit ignoring the perils of bulking up

    01/12/2005 4:31:10 PM PST · by rhema · 8 replies · 1,204+ views
    WORLD ^ | 1/15/05 | John Dawson
    On the field, Reggie White was known as the "Minister of Defense"—a sort of doomsday prophet for opposing quarterbacks. He brought a love for Jesus onto the field, literally holding prayer meetings there after games. For a short time, he held the NFL record for career sacks with 198. He sued the NFL for free agency rights in the early 1990s, clearing the way for the league's current system. He promised to bring a Super Bowl trophy back to Green Bay. In 1997 he delivered. But for all his accolades—and his legendary ministry to inner-city communities—Reggie White's legacy in death...
  • Sleep your way to a better love life

    12/30/2004 6:54:31 PM PST · by ddtorque · 8 replies · 433+ views
    Suffering from sleep problems? Go to a urologist. Problems with sexual functioning? Go to a sleep laboratory. This advice might sound mixed up, but it is what Israeli researchers are recommending following the findings of their study that has found a direct link between Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSAS) and erectile dysfunction (ED). The study will be published soon in the medical journal Urology, and was conducted by Dr. David Margel, from the Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva, and Dr. Giora Pillar from the Technion. They found that the more severe the apnea the more acute the impotence problems, and...
  • Genetic Factors Influence Female Infidelity - Study

    11/24/2004 1:01:21 PM PST · by anymouse · 25 replies · 1,552+ views
    Reuters ^ | Nov 24, 2004
    Genetic factors influence female infidelity and the number of sexual partners women have, British scientists said on Wednesday. They studied the responses of 1,600 pairs of identical and non-identical twins in a confidential survey to look at the impact of genes on behavior. "We found that around 40 percent of the influence on the number of sexual partners and infidelity were due to genetic factors," Professor Tim Spector, director of the Twin Research Unit at St Thomas' Hospital in London, told a news conference. But he added that environment and upbringing also play a part in explaining the variation in...
  • Obesity surgery can cure diabetes, study finds

    11/20/2004 3:02:18 PM PST · by The Loan Arranger · 54 replies · 1,710+ views
    MSNBC News ^ | October 12, 2004
    High blood pressure and other ills also improved by operation. Obesity surgery helps patients do more than shed weight — it often cures their diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, researchers say. The research — an analysis of 136 studies — found that such operations are more than cosmetic. They appear to alter the patient’s body chemistry itself and eliminate or relieve conditions that can lead to heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. The analysis was funded by a Johnson & Johnson Co. subsidiary that develops and markets surgical instruments, including staplers for obesity surgery. But the results echo...
  • UCSD “Night Owl” Research Study Looks For Possible Genetic Causes

    11/18/2004 3:09:29 AM PST · by snarks_when_bored · 16 replies · 881+ views
    University of California, San Diego ^ | November 15, 2004 | Sue Pondrom
    They’re criticized by their parents because they stay up too late and can’t get up for school. They’re considered lazy by co-workers and supervisors who watch them stumble in late for work. Called “night owls” for their unusual wake and sleep patterns, these individuals either adjust by finding jobs with flexible hours, or they become depressed and at odds with family members. According to sleep expert Daniel Kripke, M.D., a professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, night owls can’t help it. They suffer from a lifelong biochemical malfunction within their body’s...
  • A Machine for Sleep? Maybe Later

    08/05/2004 9:24:40 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 838+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 3, 2004 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    CASES The first thing I did after spending 23 hours in a sleep laboratory was to head for a Starbucks and have a mocha-plus-extra-shot. It was truly heady - I hadn't felt so alert in years. But over the next couple of weeks, I became obsessed with my lack of sleep. I thought I could hear myself snore, and I would lie awake at 5 a.m., wondering what had woken me up. The lab, at Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, had diagnosed mild obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that blocks breathing and suppresses oxygen levels. In my case, the problem...
  • All in a (Scientifically Monitored) Night's Sleep

    07/27/2004 7:37:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies · 689+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 27, 2004 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    CASES I haven't slept well for years. If I set an alarm for 6:30 a.m., my eyes open at 5, and I try to doze to the radio. I drink four cups of coffee a day. I don't think I have ever fallen asleep at the wheel, but I often pull over nodding off. I used to work nights, which first threw my rhythm off. But I liked having days with my daughters and not being a creature of habit, perhaps because my father, who slept nine hours a night, was someone you could set a clock by. Lately, though,...
  • Wakefulness Finds a Powerful Ally

    06/29/2004 1:31:20 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies · 2,377+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 29, 2004 | ANAHAD O'CONNOR
    Laurie Coots, a marketing executive who flies to meetings in other countries twice a week, spent years trying to conquer sleepless nights and chronic jet lag. But nothing worked, she says, and every day was a struggle to stay awake. "It was debilitating," said Ms. Coots, 46, who is from Los Angeles. "I couldn't give an effective presentation because I was always shaky and nervous from being amped up on caffeine and stimulants." Then she found modafinil, a small white pill that revs up the central nervous system without the jitteriness of caffeine or the addiction and euphoria of amphetamines....
  • Here’s everything you wanted to know about sleep disorders but were too tired to ask

    01/31/2003 3:42:55 PM PST · by petuniasevan · 10 replies · 489+ views
    Appleton Post-Crescent ^ | 1-30-03 | Cheryl Sherry
    Here’s everything you wanted to know about sleep disorders but were too tired to askBy Cheryl Sherry Post-Crescent staff writerWayne Winistorfer never had a problem falling asleep. Staying awake was another story. The 47-year-old Oshkosh man had a long history of snoring, headaches upon awakening and extreme sleepiness despite what he thought was a decent night’s rest. It runs in his family, he said. “The women that married into my family always joked about the family that could fall asleep at the table. It’s just the way several of us are. It’s the family pattern,” Winistorfer said. He is far...
  • Study Looks at Kids' Snoring

    04/01/2002 4:29:14 AM PST · by 2Trievers · 155+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Apr 1 2002
    CHICAGO- Snoring in children may be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a common but under-diagnosed condition that has been linked to learning problems, slow growth and even bed-wetting and high blood pressure, new pediatricians' guidelines say. All children's routine checkups should include questions about snoring to better diagnose the syndrome, which can often be cured by surgery to remove tonsils and adenoids, according to the guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics. While snoring can be harmless in some children, it is also one of the most common symptoms of the disorder. Studies suggest about half a million children...