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No Effect on Liver Markers from CPAP Type for Sleep Apnea Patients 0

No Effect on Liver Markers from CPAP Type for Sleep Apnea Patients

Patients suffering from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may turn to different ways to mark liver fat quantities, MD Magazine reports.

A team, led by David Hui, BBS, Medicine & Therapeutics, Chinese University of Hong Kong, examined whether intrahepatic triglyceride content measured by proton-magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) could be the new gold standard for liver fat quantification.

While obstructive sleep apnea is linked to the development of NAFLD, proton-magnetic resonance spectroscopy estimating proton density fat fraction is a novel biomarker that is more sensitive than liver biopsies to determine steatosis grade in assessing changes in the liver fat content.

Get the full story at mdmag.com.

from Sleep Review https://www.sleepreviewmag.com/sleep-health/sleep-whole-body/no-effect-on-liver-markers-from-cpap-type-for-sleep-apnea-patients/…

Patients on Hemodialysis Report ‘Debilitating Effects’ with Coexisting Sleep Apnea 0

Patients on Hemodialysis Report ‘Debilitating Effects’ with Coexisting Sleep Apnea

After conducting qualitative interviews with patients on hemodialysis and newly diagnosed sleep apnea, researchers found many patients experienced disturbed and unrefreshed sleep, Healio reports.

According to Ginger Chu, MN, of John Hunter Hospital, and colleagues, “the debilitating effects of sleep disturbance is profound.”

“The importance of sleep to patients with [chronic kidney disease] CKD was highlighted in a cross-sectional study of 100 hemodialysis patients, which demonstrated that patients were more willing to increase dialysis time to improve fatigue and sleep quality, than to extend life,” the researchers added. “A recent study of a consultation group involving hemodialysis patients and caregivers identified sleep as a top priority, ranked higher than mortality.”

Get the full story at Healio.com.

from Sleep Review https://www.sleepreviewmag.com/sleep-disorders/breathing-disorders/obstructive-sleep-apnea/patients-hemodialysis-debilitating-effects-with-coexisting-sleep-apnea/…

Sommetrics Earns ISO 13485:2016 Certification 0

Sommetrics Earns ISO 13485:2016 Certification

Sommetrics Inc, which provides products to treat airway obstruction during sleep and in acute care settings, announced that its quality management system has been certified to the ISO 13485:2016 standard. During the audit process required for certification, Sommetrics was also evaluated and found to be in compliance with the standards of the Medical Device Single Audit Program for Canada. “This is an important milestone for Sommetrics,” says Kent Gandola, vice president of engineering and quality systems, in a release. “It reflects the continuing effort of our employees to build a solid foundation for making the transition from a R&D company to one poised for commercial success.”

As a result of the ISO and MDSAP certifications, Sommetrics is now able to apply to HealthCanada for market clearance of the aerSleep device targeted for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). “These certifications create a number of opportunities for Sommetrics,” says Richard Rose, MD, president and CEO, in a release. “It’s a major step towards taking aerSleep into global markets where there is a growing need for better-accepted alternative ways of treating …

ResMed Debuts MaskSelector for Remote CPAP Mask Fittings 0

ResMed Debuts MaskSelector for Remote CPAP Mask Fittings

ResMed has launched ResMed MaskSelector, a digital tool to make remote patient mask selection and sizing easier and more effective.

ResMed MaskSelector creates personalized ResMed mask recommendations based on a patient’s sleep attributes and facial measurements. An home medical equipment (HME) supplier can provide a HIPAA-compliant single-use link via text or email to a patient, who then answers a brief questionnaire and enters three facial measurements into the ResMed MaskSelector portal. Based on the patient’s responses, the tool will recommend one of the company’s masks, along with options for alternate ResMed mask models and sizes.

HMEs say they need better remote capabilities to fit and select masks for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recent survey of roughly 300 clinicians. Fifty-five percent of respondents stated mask selection was the area in which they either experienced or expected the most challenges with remote setup patients. Additionally, 54% said they were likely to continue offering remote CPAP setups to their new patients in the future.

[RELATED: How to Get Sleep Apnea Patients Into Well-Fitting Interfaces…Remotely]

“ResMed MaskSelector is the digital …

The Therapy Some Sleep Practices Are Turning to During the Coronavirus Pandemic 0

The Therapy Some Sleep Practices Are Turning to During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Typically reserved to test the waters for patients who can’t afford a custom device, temporary oral appliances are having a moment.

By Lisa Spear

Patients who have obstructive sleep apnea may be leery of positive airway pressure therapy while the coronavirus continues to be transmitted in the United States, due to the risk of spreading the virus to others via aerosolization, says Nancy Addy, DDS, president of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM). They may also worry about not having access to distilled water for CPAP humidification, she says. Oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea circumvents these challenges, but safer-at-home orders mean dental sleep medicine practitioners may be challenged to get the bite impressions needed for the creation of custom appliances.

As a way forward, some providers have found a solution in temporary oral appliances. These interim therapy devices have historically been used when patients are waiting for a more permanent device or if they can’t afford a custom device, but some clinicians think these short-term devices could fill a bigger role in patient care while …

How Your Chronotype Can Help in the Coronavirus Outbreak 0

How Your Chronotype Can Help in the Coronavirus Outbreak

What does your chronotype have to do with how you’re faring in these strange, difficult days of isolation and uncertainty?

A lot.

That’s because your individual chronobiology has effects over our physical health, disease risk, emotional health and cognitive performance, and sleep. Our chronotypes—and how well we’re able to live in sync with our daily bio rhythms—can have a significant influence over how well we cope with the extreme conditions and exceptional stressors we’re facing right now.

We’ve all got a lot of questions right now about how to optimize our health and safety, manage our stress, and get enough sleep, in hopes of lowering our risks for contracting Covid-19 and reducing the risks of serious complications. We’re also trying to stay free of other illnesses and injuries that might take us into our health-care systems at this moment.

I wrote recently about the serious look that scientists are giving melatonin, as a possible therapy for helping the body better cope with Covid-19, by reducing the uncontrolled inflammation that creates the most serious complications within the disease. I’ve been

This Is Your Brain on Sleep: How Good Rest Repairs Your Mind 0

This Is Your Brain on Sleep: How Good Rest Repairs Your Mind

We often talk about how important sleep is when it comes to repairing our bodies, and rightfully so. Without quality rest, our bodies — and perhaps most importantly right now, our immune systems — begin to break down.

At the same time, sleep is a big deal for our brains.

When we turn out the lights each night, that’s when our brains start moving from non-REM sleep to REM, or rapid eye movement, sleep, which we most commonly associate with dreaming. Along the way, our brain is working its way through its own personal version of spring cleaning: it dumps the neural trash bin, moves memories from short-term to long-term storage, and helps our brains better process emotional situations.

You’ve also probably recognized firsthand how critical sleep is when it comes to focusing at work or school, with researchers finding our brains retain 40% less information when we’re sleep deprived.

Sleep Removes Toxins

For several years, researchers have known non-REM sleep plays a key role in clearing the brain of toxins that buildup during the day. But a new …

Nox Health CEO Shares Sleep Health Insights With Forbes 0

Nox Health CEO Shares Sleep Health Insights With Forbes

Forbes interviews Sigurjon Kristjansson, the CEO of Nox Health, a global sleep health company.

According to Kristjansson, estimates indicate that sleep problems affect as many as 45 percent of the U.S. population on a nightly basis, and poor sleep costs American companies hundreds of billions each year.

“Sleep disorders are linked with high-cost conditions like obesity, hypertension, heart disease, stroke and depression, to name a few,” Kristjansson said. “In the U.S., one in four people suffers from sleep apnea, which is just one of more than 80 recognized sleep disorders. Sleep apnea and its associated conditions cost businesses an estimated $165 billion per year in healthcare spend—but the safety and productivity losses cost even more. Research estimates a loss of $320 billion in accidents, lost productivity and absenteeism on an annual basis.”

So where does the pandemic fit into all of this?

As we return to the workplace, most CEOs have three things on their mind: supporting the health of their employees as the pandemic threat persists, increasing productivity with—for some—a leaner staff, and cutting costs to weather the economic

These Sleep Medicine Products Got FDA Nod in 2019 0

These Sleep Medicine Products Got FDA Nod in 2019

Sleep Review annually rounds up the sleep medicine devices, pharmaceuticals, and more that earned US Food and Drug Administration clearance.

In 2019, those included:

Released by Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Corp Ltd, the F&P Vitera features several technologies for the first time in a Fisher & Paykel full face mask, including RollFit XT, VentiCool, and VisiBlue.

WAKIX (pitolisant), a first-in-class medication marketed by Harmony Biosciences LLC, is approved for the treatment of excessive daytime sleepiness in adult patients with narcolepsy. WAKIX works through a novel mechanism of action to increase the synthesis and release of histamine, a wake-promoting neurotransmitter, in the brain.

WatchPAT 300 by Itamar Medical is a home sleep apnea diagnostic device that utilizes peripheral arterial tone and measures up to 7 channels via three points of contact. Within one-minute post study, the raw data is downloaded and auto-scored for an AHI for obstructive sleep apnea and cAHI for central sleep apnea.

WatchPAT ONE, the newest member of Itamar Medical’s WatchPAT family, offers the same simplicity, accuracy, and reliability as WatchPAT 300 but does not …

Missing Sleep Apnea Link May Affect COVID-19 Outcomes 0

Missing Sleep Apnea Link May Affect COVID-19 Outcomes

Sleep specialist Barry Krakow, MD, writes in The Epoch Times that wide-ranging effects from sleep apnea could undermine COVID-19 recovery for some patients.

Although these relationships are complex, obesity worsens sleep apnea, and sleep apnea causes and worsens hypertension. Coming full circle, many sleep researchers also think sleep apnea amplifies the negative influences of obesity such as exacerbating diabetes and kidney disease. As OSA is a serious medical condition with critical relationships to obesity and hypertension, the two factors affecting morbidity (severity of illness) and mortality (lethality of illness) in CCP virus, commonly known as novel coronavirus, cases, by extension it makes sense to learn whether these patients are also suffering from undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnea.

Read the full story at theepochtimes.com

from Sleep Review https://www.sleepreviewmag.com/sleep-disorders/breathing-disorders/missing-sleep-apnea-link-may-affect-covid-19-outcomes/…