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ResMed, Verily to Form Joint Venture to Help Reach People with Untreated Sleep Apnea 0

ResMed, Verily to Form Joint Venture to Help Reach People with Untreated Sleep Apnea

ResMed and Verily, a subsidiary of Alphabet (Google’s parent company) focused on life sciences and healthcare, have entered into an agreement to form a new joint venture.

Combining ResMed’s expertise in sleep apnea and Verily’s advanced health data analytics technologies, the US-based joint venture will study the health and financial impacts of undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnea and develop software solutions that enable healthcare providers to more efficiently identify, diagnose, treat, and manage individuals with sleep apnea and other breathing-related sleep disorders.

“The vast majority of people with sleep apnea don’t realize they have it, and therefore don’t seek accessible, effective treatment to mitigate its effects and long-term health risks,” says ResMed chief medical officer Carlos M. Nunez, MD, in a release. “The combined industry expertise, scalable infrastructure, and data analytics capabilities of ResMed and Verily can unlock meaningful ways to identify these individuals and support their journey to improved sleep, health, and quality of life.”

Jessica Mega, MD, MPH, chief medical and scientific officer at Verily, says, “Approaching a widespread health problem like sleep apnea through collecting, organizing and

Aetna Adds Coverage for Inspire Therapy for the Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea 0

Aetna Adds Coverage for Inspire Therapy for the Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Inspire Medical Systems Inc announced that Aetna Inc will provide coverage for the company’s Inspire therapy for obstructive sleep apnea, effective immediately. Aetna’s health plan provides coverage for approximately 22 million members.

“We are very pleased to receive this positive coverage decision from Aetna. We believe this coverage decision is a major milestone and has the potential to facilitate patient and physician access to and interest in Inspire therapy,” says Tim Herbert, president and CEO of Inspire Medical Systems, in a release. “There is a strong body of clinical data supporting Inspire therapy, including the 5-year STAR data, the ADHERE 300-patient registry data and other supportive publications. We believe our growing body of clinical and real-world data will be the basis for further coverage decisions by other major health plans.”

Under its policy, Aetna considers Inspire’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved hypoglossal nerve neurostimulation device to be medically necessary for the treatment of moderate to severe OSA when a number of criteria are met. These include a previous attempt at continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment and patient selection

Sandoval County Medical Center Treating a Number of Sleep Disorders 0

Sandoval County Medical Center Treating a Number of Sleep Disorders

A sleep study at the SRMC Sleep Disorders Clinic can turn a life around, reports The University of New Mexico Health Sciences.

“Sleep should be a time when the body is at rest and healing,” says Nancy Polnaszek, director of the UNM Hospitals and Sandoval Regional Medical Center (SRMC) Sleep Disorders clinics.

Unfortunately, for patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, the opposite occurs.

Sleep apnea causes the throat to close as the body relaxes during sleep and breathing momentarily ceases. That interruption, in turn, causes a “flight or fight” response, with a person regaining consciousness just long enough to take a breath. The brain returns to sleep and the process begins again – sometimes repeating the cycle several hundred times in a night.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2018/07/sandoval-county-medical-center-treating-a-number-of-sleep-disorders/…

Distracted Driving Laws Still Have a Way to Go 0

Distracted Driving Laws Still Have a Way to Go

Sleep-deprived drivers pose similar risks on the road as drivers distracted by smartphones, but most state’s laws don’t reflect this danger, argues a dental sleep medicine practitioner.

So far, 47 states have passed laws that ban texting while driving, and many have taken this concept a step further, explicitly banning drivers from using handheld devices. Georgia is the latest state to follow suit. The “Hands-Free Georgia Act,” which went into effect on July 1, comes with many nuances, but in general motorists will be prohibited from holding a cell phone or other electronic device while behind the wheel.

Those in support of the law hope it will reduce the rising death toll on Georgia roads, which was 1,549 in 2017, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. Similarly alarming numbers are reflected nationally. In 2016, 3,540 people were killed by distracted driving alone, according to the United States Department of Transportation.

This is a significant problem making our roads unsafe, and a large majority of drivers in the United States are

The Essential Guide On Using Light To Improve Sleep 0

The Essential Guide On Using Light To Improve Sleep

Although sleep problems can have a variety of causes, one major cause of insomnia is a disrupted circadian rhythm. Because of our modern, 21st century lifestyle, we’ve become way out of tune with the earth’s normal day-night cycle. Luckily, there’s a few things you can do about this. Get lots, lots and lots of sunlight […]

The post The Essential Guide On Using Light To Improve Sleep appeared first on The Sleeping Blog.

from The Sleeping Blog https://letsleepingblogslie.net/the-essential-guide-on-using-light-to-improve-sleep/…

What Causes Snoring And Can It Be Stopped? 0

What Causes Snoring And Can It Be Stopped?

Virtually everyone on this planet snores at one point or another. There are instances when you are just too tired that you end up making that annoying sound in your slumber without you knowing at all much to the annoyance of the people around you. You literally have no control over it but it has such a big impact on your life.

There are different reasons why a person snores. First is sleep apnea. Take note, though, that not all snorers have sleep apnea yet almost all patients diagnosed with sleep apnea snores in their sleep. Some of the reasons can be the following:

  • Sleep position
  • Age
  • Vice (Alcohol drinking and smoking)
  • Obesity
  • Nasal and sinus problem
  • Body built
  • Medications/Drug Interactions

They all contribute to sleep apnea and can lead to snoring. As annoying as it may be, snoring also serves as a warning to the public that a person’s health and well-being is in grave danger. It is about time you set that appointment with a doctor or a sleep specialist before things get out of hand. Sleep apnea …

Inside Your Health: Medical Marijuana for Sleep Apnea Patients 0

Inside Your Health: Medical Marijuana for Sleep Apnea Patients

Jonathan Parker tells ABC 5 that he is concerned about Minnesota’s decision to add sleep apnea as a qualifying condition for medical cannabis.

On July 1, the Minnesota Department of Health added this diagnosis to the list of qualifying conditions after reviewing scientific research, soliciting public comments and hosting a citizens’ review panel.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2018/07/inside-your-health-medical-marijuana-for-sleep-apnea-patients/…

How Vibrations in Cars Make Drivers Sleepy 0

How Vibrations in Cars Make Drivers Sleepy

New research has found the natural vibrations of cars make people sleepier, affecting concentration and alertness levels just 15 minutes after drivers get behind the wheel.

Researchers from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, hope their findings can be used by manufacturers to improve car seat designs to help keep drivers awake.

Stephen Robinson, PhD, BSc, a professor at RMIT, says the effects of physical vibration on drivers were not well understood, despite growing evidence that vibration contributes to feelings of sleepiness.

“We know 1 in 5 Australians have fallen asleep at the wheel and we know that drowsy driving is a significant issue for road safety,” Robinson says in a release. “When you’re tired, it doesn’t take much to start nodding off, and we’ve found that the gentle vibrations made by car seats as you drive can lull your brain and body.

“Our study shows steady vibrations at low frequencies—the kind we experience when driving cars and trucks—progressively induce sleepiness even among people who are well rested and healthy.

“From 15 minutes of getting in the car, drowsiness has already

10 Things You Can Do To Make Your Sleeping Medication Or Sleep Supplements More Effective 0

10 Things You Can Do To Make Your Sleeping Medication Or Sleep Supplements More Effective

As many of you know when I work with patients one of the things I try to do is meet them where they are in the process of getting to sleep (or not). That could mean:

  • Working with their doctor to determine a taper schedule to get them off sleep meds
  • Starting cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia to begin to replace sleep medication they are currently taking,
  • Trying to help them find the lowest effective dose so that they can still get the benefits of the medication without having too much of it in their system
  • Finally, I am always on the lookout for potential addictions or abuse of the sleep medication as well.

It turns out that sleep medications can have a complicated relationship with the end user. I read an amazing article in Sleep Review magazine by Kristin Daley, PhD CBSM ( a behavioral sleep medicine specialist) this week, that I wanted to add a few ideas too, and explain the information in more detail to everyone, so here goes…

We all know the data that sleep medications

CPAP for Sleep Apnea Improves Sex for Women, But Not Men 0

CPAP for Sleep Apnea Improves Sex for Women, But Not Men

Among women with obstructive sleep apnea, use of a CPAP machine during sleep can lead to improved sexual quality of life, but the study findings did not show the same upswing for men, which surprised the researchers involved. The findings are published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

“There’s a lot of evidence that CPAP improves overall health and quality of life in patients with sleep apnea. And literature, mostly consisting of studies in men, has shown that CPAP treatment for sleep apnea can improve sexual dysfunction,” says Sebastian Jara, MD, MPH, the study’s lead author and a resident physician in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery with UW Medicine/Seattle, in a release. The senior author is Edward Weaver,  MD, MPH, UW Medicine chief of sleep surgery.

“This study measured sexual quality of life in terms of patients’ self-perceptions. We were surprised to see a pretty big effect in women, but minimal effect in men—especially given previous literature,” Jara says.

The study involved 182 men and women with newly diagnosed obstructive sleep apnea. The subjects answered a quality-of-life survey at their