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ProSomnus Is a 2020 Red Herring Top 100 North America Finalist 0

ProSomnus Is a 2020 Red Herring Top 100 North America Finalist

Oral appliance manufacturer ProSomnus Sleep Technologies has been selected as a finalist for Red Herring’s Top 100 North America award, a technology industry prize.

Red Herring’s editorial team takes into account criteria including disruptive impact, proof of concept, financial performance, market footprint, and quality of management during a during months-long process.

Previous Top 100 finalists have included Alibaba, Facebook, Google, Skype, SuperCell, Spotify, Twitter, and YouTube.

The Top 100 North America has become not only a springboard for some of tech’s biggest names, but a valued and trusted tool for venture capitalists, experts, and analysts predicting trends.

“Selecting finalists for this year’s Top 100 has proved more difficult than ever,” says Alex Vieux, publisher and chairman of Red Herring, in a release. “North America has been tech’s beating heart for years—but never have I seen such an exciting, disruptive, and innovative generation as we have in 2020.

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“ProSomnus Sleep Technologies fully deserves its place among our finalists, and I have every confidence it will make a significant impact in the tech …

Healthy Sleep Patterns Linked to Lower Heart Failure Risk 0

Healthy Sleep Patterns Linked to Lower Heart Failure Risk

Adults with the healthiest sleep patterns had a 42% lower risk of heart failure regardless of other risk factors compared to adults with unhealthy sleep patterns, according to new research published in the American Heart Association’s flagship journal Circulation.

The study defines healthy sleep patterns as: rising in the morning, sleeping 7-8 hours a day and having no frequent insomnia, snoring, or excessive daytime sleepiness.

Heart failure affects more than 26 million people, and emerging evidence indicates sleep problems may play a role in the development of heart failure.

This observational study examined the relationship between healthy sleep patterns and heart failure and included data on 408,802 UK Biobank participants, ages 37 to 73 at the time of recruitment (2006-2010). Incidence of heart failure was collected until April 1, 2019. Researchers recorded 5,221 cases of heart failure during a median follow-up of 10 years.

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Researchers analyzed sleep quality as well as overall sleep patterns. The measures of sleep quality included sleep duration, insomnia, and snoring …

What Price Do We Pay for Excessive Daytime Sleepiness? 0

What Price Do We Pay for Excessive Daytime Sleepiness?

A literature review examines the economic and societal burden of sleepiness in patients with obstructive sleep apnea.

By Yoona Ha

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can have deadly consequences but what about the costly ones? A recent literature review highlights the shortage of research focused on the financial burden of excessive daytime sleepiness in people with OSA.

Excessive daytime sleepiness is associated with increased risk for motor vehicle accidents and decreased work productivity, just to name a few adverse outcomes. Carl Stepnowsky, PhD, co-author of the clinical review “The economic and societal burden of excessive daytime sleepiness in patients with obstructive sleep apnea,” says he and co-investigator Damien Leger, MD, PhD, were surprised to find so few studies to review. Of the 40 publications they identified, 15 studied North American samples, 16 European, 5 Asian, 3 Australian, and one Brazilian.

Analyzing the true cost of OSA can be tricky, especially when it’s difficult to measure the magnitude and frequency of outcomes like career progression, financial outlook, productivity, etc. An analysis prepared for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine estimated almost $150 …

People with Sleep Apnea Disproportionately Admitted to Hospital for COVID-19 0

People with Sleep Apnea Disproportionately Admitted to Hospital for COVID-19

Turku University Hospital and the University of Turku studied patients during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic and found that sleep apnea emerged as a suspected risk factor.

The study, published in Sleep Medicine and Disorders International Journal, focused on the register information of COVID-19 patients who were admitted to Turku University Hospital in spring 2020. Southwest Finland, with a population of 480,000, managed the first wave of the pandemic with a relatively small number of infected people. Patients with a positive test result amounted to 278 individuals. From the infected patients, 28 were admitted to hospital care at Turku University Hospital by May 3, 2020. The register information of these patients was studied with the aim to unravel the risks for the severe form of COVID-19 and the need for intensive care.

“The idea behind the study was the need for real time information about COVID-19. The research permission was extensive because little was known about the novel coronavirus. We quickly observed that there was quite a few cases of sleep apnea among the patients,” says Thijs …

Atrial Fibrillation Isn’t the Only Type of Arrhythmia Linked to Sleep Apnea 0

Atrial Fibrillation Isn’t the Only Type of Arrhythmia Linked to Sleep Apnea

A new study sheds light on links between arrhythmias, sudden cardiac mortality, and OSA.

By Lisa Spear

The link between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and poor cardiac function is well established. Untreated, severe OSA more than doubles a person’s risk of dying from heart disease. In many cases, anyone who comes to a hospital for atrial fibrillation, an irregular and often rapid heart rate due to chaotic electrical signals in the two upper chambers of the heart, will be referred to an outpatient clinic for a sleep study. There are many established links between diseases of the heart and sleep-disordered breathing, but not all arrhythmias and cardiac conduction disorders have been well studied.

To fill this gap in knowledge, researchers evaluated data from a large publicly available inpatient care database, The National Inpatient Sample, containing data from than 7 million hospital admissions. The results, published in the Cureus Journal of Medical Science, found that people hospitalized for arrhythmias and conduction disorders had a statistically significant, higher rate of mortality if they also had OSA. The study also …

Sleep Apnea Common with Erectile Dysfunction 0

Sleep Apnea Common with Erectile Dysfunction

Most men with erectile dysfunction (ED) had undiagnosed sleep apnea in a single-center study.

Some 65% of men seeking treatment for erectile dysfunction also had obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), reported Sujith Jose, MBBS, MS, of the Government Medical College in Kozhikode, India, and colleagues.

Patients who had obstructive sleep apnea were more likely to have subthreshold or clinical insomnia, Jose said in a presentation at the Sexual Medicine Society of North America 2020 virtual meeting.

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‘CPAP Medic’ Will Repair & Maintain CPAP Devices for Sleep Apnea Patients 0

‘CPAP Medic’ Will Repair & Maintain CPAP Devices for Sleep Apnea Patients

Home medical equipment repair company Repair Authority has launched “CPAP Medic,” a new nationwide service designed to offer CPAP and BiPAP repair services directly to CPAP patients.

The launch of CPAP Medic builds upon Repair Authority’s 30 years of experience repairing CPAPs, concentrators, ventilators, and other respiratory equipment, where it previously primarily focused on the dealer market. Repair Authority is an authorized warranty service center for Philips Respironics and ResMed CPAP devices, as well as for Invacare, Drive DeVilbiss, Respironics, and AirSep (CAIRE) oxygen concentrators.

“By the time patients find us, they are often desperate for help in getting their CPAP device repaired so they can resume therapy,” says Jesse Keirn, CEO of Repair Authority, in a release. “Once their units become patient-owned and are out of warranty, they often struggle to find a solution to their repair needs, especially when it could be a number of years before their insurance company will approve a new device.”

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According to CPAP Medic, the new service also eases a significant hassle for …

Dentsply Sirona & Panthera Collaborate on Oral Appliance Digital Workflow 0

Dentsply Sirona & Panthera Collaborate on Oral Appliance Digital Workflow

When Dentsply Sirona’s intraoral scanner Primescan launched in 2019, it could be used for patient consultation, treatment planning in implant dentistry and orthodontics, and for restorative treatments.

Now, dentists can also use the scans in a validated workflow to create custom-made oral appliances, courtesy of Dentsply Sirona’s new partnership with Panthera Dental.

Dentsply Sirona’s Primescan creates a full-arch scan in as little as a minute to give the dentist immediate control of a 3-D model. The Primescan delivers reliable data for the Panthera Dental D-SAD custom-made sleep apnea oral appliance.

For dentists in North America, Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, the data will be transferred securely via the Dentsply Sirona Connect Case Center. For other Primescan and Panthera Dental countries, the data can be sent via STL to Panthera Dental through their web portal (regulations per country and availability may vary). In a future software version, a full integration in the Connect Case Center for all Primescan and Panthera Dental-validated countries is planned.

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After using …

Make Up versus The Sleep Doctor: The Beauty Sleep Challenge How to Look Younger and Fresher Every Day With a Wood Night’s Rest 0

Make Up versus The Sleep Doctor: The Beauty Sleep Challenge How to Look Younger and Fresher Every Day With a Wood Night’s Rest

A good night of sleep is the ultimate pampering for your skin, your hair, your nails. Great sleep is like getting the full works at the spa—a facial, a deep conditioning treatment, a mani-pedi.

Why? Sleep is prime time for the body to restore and repair itself at the cellular level. It’s during sleep that a fleet of hormones that support cellular health AND a youthful appearance go to work.

Poor sleep, on the other hand, accelerates biological aging and contributes to the signs of aging—wrinkles, dull skin, puffy, tired eyes, unhealthy hair—that drive people to sink lots of money and time into make-up and beauty routines.

I’m not telling you to toss your stash of creams and make up. But the truth is, sleep is the ultimate cosmetic medicine. By establishing a routine of sleeping well, you allow your body to perform its own, innate anti-aging work. The result is a healthier you, and a younger looking you, too.

I thought we’d have some fun today, and put my sleep advice head-to-head with the beauty industry tips for concealing

Link Between Sleep Apnea and Increased Risk of Dementia 0

Link Between Sleep Apnea and Increased Risk of Dementia

A new study by Monash University has found that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has been linked to an increased risk of dementia.

The study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, and led by Dr Melinda Jackson from the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, found that severe OSA is linked to an increase in a protein, called beta-amyloid, that builds up on the walls of the arteries in the brain and increases the risk of dementia.

The study involved 34 individuals with recently diagnosed untreated OSA and 12 individuals who were asymptomatic for sleep disorders. It explored associations between brain amyloid burden using a PET brain scan, and measures of sleep, demographics and mood.

The OSA group recorded a higher amyloid burden, poorer sleep efficiency and less time spent in stage N3 sleep (a regenerative period where your body heals and repairs itself).

OSA is a common sleep disorder, affecting about 1 billion people worldwide and is caused by the collapse of the airway during sleep, resulting in intermittent dips in oxygen levels and arousals from sleep.