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How Sleep Protects the Brain 0

How Sleep Protects the Brain

Scientists say we need shut-eye to keep the brain healthy and guard against cognitive decline. Brain & Life explains why and how to get adequate rest.

How well we sleep impacts how we think and feel, as well as our alertness, memory, and concentration. “Sleep quality and quantity are directly related to the health of the brain,” says Beth A. Malow, MD, MS, FAAN, professor of neurology and director of the sleep disorders division at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Several studies have demonstrated an association between sleep disturbances such as insomnia, fragmented sleep, sleep apnea, and even excessive napping and an increased risk of cognitive decline over time, says Brendan P. Lucey, MD, assistant professor of neurology and director of the sleep medicine section at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Get the full story at brainandlife.org

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2020/02/sleep-protects-brain/…

Pillow Care – How to Care for Your Pillows 0

Pillow Care – How to Care for Your Pillows

Proper pillow care: Here are helpful tips from a bedding expert to keep your bed pillows comfortable and in top condition for the long term…

from https://www.better-sleep-better-life.com/pillow-care.html

Derron’s Weight Loss Journey 0

Derron’s Weight Loss Journey

Derron Golden once weighed 360 pounds. As a result, he suffered from severe obstructive sleep apnea, high cholesterol, back pain, shortness of breath upon exertion, and type 2 diabetes, reports Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Derron began increasing his exercise, going to the gym and playing basketball multiple times a week. His sleep apnea and back pain improved and he even stopped taking medication for diabetes.

And then came the marathon, which he completed last April in under six hours, an achievement he’s very proud of. Although he won’t be running the race in 2020 because he “doesn’t want to endure that pain again,” Derron has other healthy plans for the future.

Get the full story at www.bidmc.org

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2020/02/derrons-weight-loss-journey/…

Sunset Healthcare Launches Zoey CPAP Cleaner 0

Sunset Healthcare Launches Zoey CPAP Cleaner

Sunset Healthcare Solutions releases Zoey, a new CPAP cleaner. It is sold to patients exclusively through homecare durable medical equipment (DME) providers.

“Zoey marks our investment in manufacturing and developing Sunset products for the coming generation of sleep apnea patients,” says Greg Wood, Sunset’s chief business development officer, in a release. “This is just the start of it.”

The Zoey CPAP Cleaner uses activated oxygen to clean CPAP masks, headgear, and tubing. It has a screen-free interface using colored lights to guide users when operating. Zoey’s branding was developed to bring character into the provider space and to reflect Sunset’s personality. “We want to provide a simple to use CPAP equipment maintenance option for use in the patient household, as well as something offered exclusively to providers,” says Wood. “We believe Zoey is an extension of our commitment to a positive business and consumer experience.”

Zoey is currently available for DME purchase. Sunset will have Zoey units at Medtrade Spring (booth #427) from March 4-5.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2020/02/sunset-healthcare-zoey-cpap-cleaner/…

AASM: 4 Tips to Stop the Snore, Save the Romance 0

AASM: 4 Tips to Stop the Snore, Save the Romance

Roses, candy, and a candlelit dinner are romantic gestures that many of us partake in for Valentine’s Day. In addition to these gifts, consider a lifestyle change that will benefit both you and your partner: gain control of your snoring.

“While snoring is disruptive to bed partners and can cause frustration in a relationship, it can also be an indicator of a serious health problem,” says Kelly A. Carden, MD, president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), in a release. “Snoring is a common symptom of obstructive sleep apnea, a chronic disease that involves the repeated collapse of the upper airway during sleep. When sleep apnea is untreated, it can increase the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, and other health problems.”

The AASM recommends the following tips for occasional snorers:

  • Weight loss: Weight gain can make snoring worse and may even lead to obstructive sleep apnea. Shedding pounds can help reduce or eliminate snoring for some people, and weight loss should be a top priority if you are overweight or obese.
  • Positional
How Ultrasounds Could Change How Patients Are Screened for Obstructive Sleep Apnea 0

How Ultrasounds Could Change How Patients Are Screened for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

A medical technology company hopes to pioneer AI-powered ultrasound machines to impart more objectivity to sleep apnea screening. In the future, it may also provide data on whether a therapy will work on a given patient.

How would the field of sleep medicine change if objective airway evaluation could happen in just a few minutes while a patient is awake?

This is a question that one medical device company is hoping to answer with its AmCAD-UO software, cleared by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in December 2018 to provide data for a physician’s evaluation and monitoring of patients’ airways. The system uses ultrasound technology to scan the neck of patients to look for physical markers of obstructive sleep apnea.

The software then creates an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered assessment report, which shows a prediction of the patient’s risk for severe sleep apnea, or an apnea hypopnea index above 30. The results are calculated based on the scan and other data points, including the patient’s body mass index and the neck circumference.

While there may be

Building a Better Brain Through Sleep 0

Building a Better Brain Through Sleep

When we think of quality sleep, we typically think of it in relation to how it helps our body recover from a long day — and with good reason.

As I’ve talked about before, a good night’s sleep can work wonders for the body, whether it’s alleviating severe back pain or helping you bounce back from a tiring gym session.

(You can find out the best time for your body to work out by finding out your chronotype. If you don’t already know it, it’s easy to learn by taking this quiz: www.chronoquiz.com.)

But consistent, uninterrupted sleep goes beyond preserving and improving your body. Just as importantly, a good night’s sleep is essential when it comes to building a better and healthier brain.

Sleep plays a key role in memory retention, alertness, and improved creativity, among other benefits. These benefits apply to any age group.

Let’s run through a number of ways sleep helps improve your brain.

But first, keep in mind that you want to stay cool during the night. Research has shown between 60 and 67 degrees …

3 MACs Expected to Release Final Inspire Therapy Coverage Decisions on March 15 0

3 MACs Expected to Release Final Inspire Therapy Coverage Decisions on March 15

Three Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) have announced the effective release date of March 15, 2020, for their final local coverage determinations (LCD) policies covering Inspire Medical Systems Inc’s Inspire upper airway stimulation therapy for obstructive sleep apnea. In addition, the Wisconsin Physician Services (WPS) Government Health Administrators issued their draft LCD proposing coverage of Inspire therapy.

“Following the standard public comment periods and formal review meetings, we are excited to announce that the first three LCD policies will be formally issued during the first quarter,” says Tim Herbert, president and CEO of Inspire Medical Systems, in a release. “Secondly, the draft LCD from WPS will provide coverage for the remaining six states, and once issued, will signify 100% Medicare coverage across the United States for Inspire therapy.”

The effective release dates for First Coast Service Options Inc, Noridian Healthcare Solutions LLC, and Novitas Solutions Inc were announced to be March 15, 2020. First Coast covers Medicare patients in Florida. Noridian covers Medicare patients in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Pitolisant Reduces Daytime Sleepiness in Patients Nonadherent to CPAP 0

Pitolisant Reduces Daytime Sleepiness in Patients Nonadherent to CPAP

In patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who refuse or are nonadherent to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, treatment with pitolisant may reduce self-reported excessive daytime sleepiness, according to study results published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Researchers conducted a phase 3, prospective, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, parallel-design clinical trial (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01072968) in 28 hospital sleep clinics in 10 European countries between October 6, 2011, and May 7, 2014. The investigators sought to assess the efficacy and safety of the selective histamine

H3-receptor antagonist pitolisant during a 12-week period  for the treatment of daytime sleepiness in patients with moderate to severe OSA (defined as  apnea-hypopnea index ≥15/h with an Epworth Sleepiness Scale [ESS] score of ≥12) without significant cardiovascular disease. All of the patients either refused or were not adherent to CPAP therapy.

Results of the study demonstrated that ESS scores were significantly reduced among patients in the pitolisant group compared with placebo (-2.8 reduction in ESS with pitolisant; 95% CI, -4.0 to -1.5; <.001). Wake maintenance tests, however, were not improved

Dental Laboratory Marks Half-Century Milestone 0

Dental Laboratory Marks Half-Century Milestone

On Jan 15, 2020, Glidewell, a dental laboratory and maker of oral appliances for sleep apnea, commemorated its 50th year of operations with an employee celebration on its campus in Irvine, Calif.

“I’m not normally a man to celebrate milestones,” president and CEO Jim Glidewell, CDT, told the hundreds of team members in attendance. “I’ve always feared that being too proud of one’s achievements can lead to complacency, impeding continued growth.”

U.S. Navy and Vietnam War veteran James “Jim” R. Glidewell founded his company on Jan. 6, 1970, in Orange County, California. Spurred by a desire to make rehabilitative dentistry affordable for all, Jim applied a blend of technical knowledge, business principles, and marketing philosophies to expand his one-man operation into a multifaceted technology company among those at the forefront of the oral health industry today. In its 50 years of existence, Glidewell has experienced year-over-year sales growth in all but 2009 (at the outset of the Great Recession).

The end of that same year saw the release of BruxZir Solid Zirconia, a tooth-colored material developed by Glidewell’s R&D team