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AASM Instills Kannan Ramar as President 0

AASM Instills Kannan Ramar as President

Kannan Ramar, MBBS, MD, became the 35th president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) board of directors. Ramar assumed the role during the virtual AASM annual membership meeting. He will serve a one-year term as president of the AASM.

Ramar will lead an organization with a combined membership of 11,000 individual members and accredited member sleep centers. Individual members of the AASM community include physicians, scientists, and other health care professionals who provide care for patients who have sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea and chronic insomnia.

“During my term as president, the AASM will continue implementing our strategic plan, which we introduced to our members in January,” Ramar says in a release. “We are focused on raising awareness that sleep is essential to health, advocating to improve patient care, expanding the sleep team workforce, and positively influencing technology innovation to improve patient access to high quality, safe, and efficient sleep care.”

A member of the AASM since 2006, Ramar is a sleep medicine physician at the Center for Sleep Medicine and a professor of medicine in …

Positive Airway Pressure Devices Market to Reach $2.2 Billion During COVID-19 Pandemic 0

Positive Airway Pressure Devices Market to Reach $2.2 Billion During COVID-19 Pandemic

Following reports that COVID-19 led to severe shortages of respiratory ventilators globally, the demand of positive airway pressure devices is rising. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the global positive airway pressure devices market was valued at US$1.8 billion in 2019, at a robust annual rate of 7.5%. The market growth is set to reach US$2.2 billion in 2020, says GlobalData, a data and analytics company.

Tina Deng, MSc, senior medical devices analyst at GlobalData, says in a release, “During ventilator shortage crisis, alternative devices capable of delivering breaths or pressure support have been considered to satisfy medically necessary treatment. In the US, FDA has issued Emergency Use Authorizations for ventilators, allowing use alternative products such positive pressure breathing devices during the COVID-19 pandemic.“

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines are used to treat patients with sleep apnea who require short-term mechanical assistance. With increasing demand and a supply shortage of ventilators, many hospitals use CPAP machines as alternatives for ventilators.

Devices makers ResMed and Philips both reported strong Q1 results in the sector. Philips’ sleep and respiratory care sales grew …

3 Ways to Improve Sleep and Productivity While Working from Home 0

3 Ways to Improve Sleep and Productivity While Working from Home

It’s happening throughout the world right now: people working indefinitely from their homes. I heard from a reader recently who’s gone from an office to a permanent work-from-home arrangement. For a lot of us, there’s no end in sight to this new way of working. I’ve kept a home office for many years, in addition to my clinical practice. Even as someone who has some real experience working from home, I can say, this experience is different—not least of which is because everybody else in my family is home so much of the time, too! 

Before I go any further, I want to acknowledge that not all of us are able to work from home. Frontline, essential workers, and others having been going to work every day for months, enabling so many millions of us to stay mostly at home, or return to our workspaces partially and gradually. These folks deserve our attention, respect, and gratitude. 

Today’s topic IS about working from home, which so many of us ARE doing. Specifically, I’m talking about how to create a home workspace

In Canada, Doctor Bikes to Raise Sleep Apnea Awareness 0

In Canada, Doctor Bikes to Raise Sleep Apnea Awareness

Dave Merrell, founder of the Sleep Apnea Society of Canada, began his trip in Calgary on July 1 and is riding to Winnipeg, reports CTV News.

“We’re trying to deal with the COVID situation of course and all these things,” said Merrell. “If we can now start to suggest to individuals with sleep apnea that they have to be even more careful, then that’s an important message we should try to get out”


from Sleep Review https://www.sleepreviewmag.com/sleep-health/prevailing-attitudes/academies-associations/canada-doctor-bikes-raise-sleep-apnea-awareness/…

Intranasal Leptin Prevents Opioid-Induced Sleep Apnea in Obese Mice 0

Intranasal Leptin Prevents Opioid-Induced Sleep Apnea in Obese Mice

In 2018, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine showed that delivering the hunger-suppressing hormone leptin into the nose could ease breathing problems in sleeping obese mice. In addition to its role in metabolism, leptin stimulates breathing and combats obstructive sleep apnea. Apnea is more common in people who are obese.

In a new study published in the July 1, 2020, issue of the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology, the researchers report that the same nasal delivery method for leptin also can stimulate respiration in obese mice that stop breathing when on morphine.

When on opioids, people with sleep apnea are likely to have more breathing pauses than those who are not medicated. This can lead to overdose and potentially, death. If someone who has sleep apnea is admitted to a hospital for trauma, the patient may be given high doses of opioids to relieve pain. This puts them at increased risk of an overdose and its complications. If this happens and the patient stops breathing, physicians can administer naloxone to negate the opioids and trigger the …

Who Is Most at Risk for Sleep Apnea? 5 Key Factors 0

Who Is Most at Risk for Sleep Apnea? 5 Key Factors

Man with sleep apnea sprawled out in bed

The unfortunate truth is that virtually anyone could have or potentially develop sleep apnea; if you snore or find yourself feeling exhausted during the day, you should definitely seek a diagnosis for the disorder no matter what your personal risk level is. That said, some patients are more likely to develop sleep apnea than others, and there are a number of key risk factors that can tell you whether you should be worried about your breathing potentially being interrupted at night. Keep reading to learn about 5 factors that could eventually lead to needing sleep apnea treatment in Irving.

1. Excess Weight

Obesity and sleep apnea are very closely related. When fat deposits start to build up around the upper airway, the chances of the airway becoming blocked during the night increase substantially. Such obstructions can occur multiple times every night, forcing you to wake up frequently for air and causing oxygen levels in your blood to drop. Furthermore, people with sleep apnea are also more likely to gain weight due to the lack of rest interfering with the hormones …

Suffering From a Low Sex Drive? Here’s How Sleep Can Help (And Why It Impacts Women Even More) 0

Suffering From a Low Sex Drive? Here’s How Sleep Can Help (And Why It Impacts Women Even More)

Sleep and sex: the two things we use our bedrooms for–but is it possible that poor sleeping habits, deprivation, or even a sleep disorder like sleep apnea are killing your sex drive?

Believe it or not, most Americans are both sleep…and sex deprived. According to the CDC, one in three of us get less than the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep per night

The figures aren’t much better when it comes to sexual satisfaction: 45% of women and 31% of men report varying degrees of sexual dysfunction And we aren’t even getting as much sex as we used to: a study of 10,000 men and women shows that the percentage of us who are regularly sexually active is far lower than it was two decades ago.

Sex, like sleep, has numerous health benefits, from helping us feel more connected with our partners, to supporting a stronger immune system and even giving us more energy. So what can we do?

The good–and bad–news: sleep has been shown to have a direct impact on sex drive, hormones, and overall satisfaction. So while …

Home Sleep Tests May Fill a Gap in Care for Stroke Patients, Study Finds 0

Home Sleep Tests May Fill a Gap in Care for Stroke Patients, Study Finds

The parts of the brain that modulate breathing during sleep can become damaged by a stroke. New research sheds light on how sleep testing can better reach stroke patients.

By Lisa Spear

Once a person has experienced a stroke, they have a much higher chance of having sleep-disordered breathing. This is likely due to brain damage, especially from strokes that occur in the back of the brain, in the brainstem, which regulates breathing and nerve function to the airways.

“Strokes in the back of the brain can actually weaken the airway and make the airway more susceptible to collapse,” says Mark Boulos, MD, MSc, University of Toronto assistant professor and staff neurologist at Stony Brook Health Sciences Centre.

Despite a high risk of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), not all stroke patients are able to receive the gold standard in sleep diagnostic testing, in-lab polysomnography (PSG), for reasons that stem from the cost of the test to wanting to avoid the discomfort of an overnight stay in a sleep lab.

Many patients might find the in-lab test so inconvenient that they …

What’s Next for Sleep Disorders Centers? 0

What’s Next for Sleep Disorders Centers?

Even as the United States reopens, it’s not just exposure to COVID-19 that sleep professionals need to worry about. With sharp increases in unemployment and many facilities seeing drops in revenue, the road ahead for sleep labs is likely to look different than what has been traveled before.

By Yoona Ha

To learn about how the landscape of sleep medicine might change, Sleep Review interviewed a dozen business owners and clinicians on what the new normal in sleep will feel like. What trends are here to stay? How will infection control practices grow and develop? Who’s left out of treatment? Which innovations will stick around post-pandemic?

Sure, the pandemic may be unprecedented, but there are patterns in how the sleep industry is responding that gives us hints to what to look out for when the virus subsides.

A Future of Digitally-Enabled Care

Even long-time advocates of telemedicine didn’t foresee that the explosion of sleep medicine practice over the Internet would happen so suddenly.

“Part of me feels like people have been almost forced into adapting telemedicine before they were ready, …

ATS Shares Guidance on Restoring Elective Sleep Services 0

ATS Shares Guidance on Restoring Elective Sleep Services

An American Thoracic Society (ATS)-led international task force has released a guidance document to help guide clinicians on restoring elective in-person pulmonary and sleep services as COVID-19 incidence decreases in their communities. The new guidance, published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society, is titled “Restoring Pulmonary and Sleep Services as the COVID-19 Pandemic Lessens.”

The task force, comprised of clinicians who are members of the Association of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Division Directors and/or the American Thoracic Society who are actively engaged in COVID-19 patient care, developed a consensus approach on how and when to restart services that were put on hold due to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) March 2020 recommendations to cancel elective services. Specific guidance is provided regarding elective services in outpatient pulmonary and sleep medicine clinics, pulmonary function testing laboratories, bronchoscopy and procedural suites, polysomnography laboratories, and pulmonary rehabilitation facilities.

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“This document provides important guidance to health care institutions about when it is reasonable to begin resuming elective in-person clinical services in …