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Study Finds Correlation Between Sleep Apnea, Multiple Myeloma 0

Study Finds Correlation Between Sleep Apnea, Multiple Myeloma

A study conducted on mice at the UI has shown a correlation between sleep apnea and a deadly blood cancer called multiple myeloma, reports The Daily Iowan.

“I sort of had the idea then that …  maybe how you breathe when you sleep is an important contributor to this particular cancer,” she said. “And …  it really struck me as interesting puzzle because this cancer is far different than a lot of other cancers.”

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2019/05/study-finds-correlation-between-sleep-apnea-multiple-myeloma/…

Sleep Apnea External Negative Pressure Developer Selected for Startup Competition 0

Sleep Apnea External Negative Pressure Developer Selected for Startup Competition

Sommetrics, which develops products to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), has been selected to participate in the annual Red Herring Top 100 competition in Los Angeles on May 15, 2019. Sommetrics was selected based on a vetting process that evaluates a number of factors that identify companies with fast growth potential in large, established markets. The Top 100 competition is an annual event in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

“We are honored to be selected for this prestigious competition,” says Walter Flicker, the Sommetrics vice president of special projects, in a release. “Not only does this recognize the remarkable progress we’ve made in establishing our aerSleep product as a new treatment option for obstructive sleep apnea, but it provides a forum for networking with entrepreneurs and investors interested in expanding treatment options for the hundreds of millions of sleep apnea sufferers worldwide. We are excited about the opportunity to highlight our aerSleep system in this forum.”

The aerSleep system consists of a silicone collar fitted on the front of the neck, which holds the airway open via the application of

Illinois Man Resolves Sleep Apnea at Silver Cross Sleep Disorders Center 0

Illinois Man Resolves Sleep Apnea at Silver Cross Sleep Disorders Center

“For so long, I never felt that I got enough sleep, and I became concerned when my wife told me that I often stopped breathing during the night,” says 78-year-old Joseph Paluga in a release.

At the recommendation of his physician, Paluga decided to have a sleep study at the Silver Cross Sleep Disorders Center located on the Silver Cross Hospital campus in Pavilion A at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox, Ill. Here, it was determined that he indeed had sleep apnea.

“Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep,” says Muhammed Lababidy, MD, board-certified sleep medicine, pulmonology, and critical care physician. “These breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes and often occur 5 to 30 times or more an hour.”

During Paluga’s sleep study, he had a high number of breathing pauses every hour. His initial treatment plan included using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine to sleep at night along with a full sleeping mask. However, because he

Custom Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnea Comparison Guide (May 2019) 0

Custom Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnea Comparison Guide (May 2019)

OralAppliancesComparisonGuide

Compare 17 custom oral appliances for obstructive sleep apnea side-by-side. Click on the thumbnail or “0519OralAppliances” to open the guide at a legible size or print it.

The guide compares features such as warranty, indications, materials, PDAC verification, mechanism of action, fitting, adjustment, connection between upper and lower sections, and research studies for the following products: Airway Management Inc dreamTAP, Dream Systems Dental Lab OASYS Oral / Nasal Airway System (Optional Tongue Repositioning Buttons), DynaFlex Milled Dorsal, DynaFlex Milled Herbst, Glidewell Laboratories Silent Nite sl, Great Lakes Dental Technologies Telescopic Sleep Herbst Appliance in Hard Acrylic, Luco Hybrid OSA Appliance Inc The Luco Hybrid OSA Appliance, OravanOSA Oravan Herbst, Oventus O2 Vent W, Panthera Dental Panthera D-SAD (Digital – Sleep Apnea Device), ProSomnus [CA] Continuous Advancement Sleep and Snore Device, ProSomnus [IA] Sleep and Snore Device, ProSomnus [PH] Precision Herbst Style Sleep and Snore Device, Quiesco Health The Silencer with Haelstrom Hinge, SML-Space Maintainers Laboratories Clear Sleep Appliance, True Function Laboratory TrueDorsal, and Whole You Inc Respire Blue EF+.

A version of this comparison guide published in 

Crossword Puzzle: Sleep Medicine-Themed Clues (May 2019) 0

Crossword Puzzle: Sleep Medicine-Themed Clues (May 2019)

Can you solve this sleep medicine-themed crossword puzzle, designed specifically for Sleep Review readers? A hard copy published in the May 2019 issue.

0519Crossword

Click on the thumbnail or 0519Crossword to open a printable PDF.

Across

1 Home sleep apnea testing device by Itamar Medical
6 Diagnostic image
9 The “a” in the STOP-Bang Questionnaire
11 Lung ____ is measured by spirometry
12 Hotels are starting to offer options for this sleep essential
14 Cumulative total
16 Chromosomal maps: they interact with the environment in relation to sleep patterns
18 Fixed
20 Tantalum symbol
21 Measuring system
23 ____ driving, danger on the road
25 Managed
27 Associated Press, for short
28 Dangerous drug, in slang
29 Color
30 Large deer
32 Casual synonym for sleep
34 Less dangerous
35 Biorhythm-regulating hormone
36 Dieters’ units, abbr.

Down

1 You may hear them crash in sound machines
2 Previously
3 Transmission of data from instrument readings
4 Run smoothly
5 Dawn time
7 Makes tranquil
8 Innovative
10 Natural substances that indicate a biological state
13 Sleep surgeon
15 …

A Study Links Snoring And Sleep Apnea To Alzheimer’s Disease 0

A Study Links Snoring And Sleep Apnea To Alzheimer’s Disease

Never take snoring and sleep apnea lightly. Both are serious health issues that deserve your immediate attention. While snoring may not be as serious as sleep apnea, it’s best to address it as well. The dangers of snoring are well known.

Based on the latest study on snoring, there’s a good reason why you should address it at the soonest time possible.

Heavy snorers may have higher accumulations of the toxic protein tau — a bio-hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease — in the part of the brain that manages memory, navigation and perception of time, according to a new study released Sunday by the Mayo Clinic.

The new evidence, to be presented May 4 – 10 at the American Academy of Neurology‘s annual meeting in Philadelphia, supports a major link between an increased risk for dementia and sleep disruption.

(Via: https://www.foxnews.com/health/snoring-sleep-apnea-linked-to-alzheimers-disease-study-claims)

Since heavy snoring is often linked to sleep apnea, the study also includes the latter as a link to Alzheimer’s Disease.

That’s especially true for obstructive sleep apnea, researchers say, which is a potentially serious disorder where breathing repeatedly

Wireless Radar System Correlates 94% to Hard-wired Sleep Breathing Sensor in 50+ Person Study 0

Wireless Radar System Correlates 94% to Hard-wired Sleep Breathing Sensor in 50+ Person Study

A radar system developed at Canada’s University of Waterloo can wirelessly monitor the vital signs of patients, eliminating the need to hook them up to any machines.

Housed in a device smaller than a cellphone, the new technology records heart and breathing rates using sensitive radar waves that are analyzed by sophisticated algorithms embedded in an onboard digital signal processing unit.

Researchers developed the system to monitor sleep apnea patients by detecting subtle chest movements instead of connecting them to equipment in labs via numerous wires.

“We take the whole complex process and make it completely wireless,” says George Shaker, PhD, MASc, BASc, SMIEEE, an engineering professor at Waterloo, in a release. “And instead of a clinic, it could be done in the comfort of your own bed and run daily for continuous monitoring.”

In a study at the Research Institute for Aging, a facility affiliated with the university, the radar unit was mounted to the ceiling over the bed of more than 50 volunteers as they slept normally in a model long-term care apartment.

The system, which collects and

Eastern Iowa Sleep Center to Co-locate with Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Neurology and Sleep Medicine Clinic 0

Eastern Iowa Sleep Center to Co-locate with Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Neurology and Sleep Medicine Clinic

Representatives of Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa (PCI) Medical Pavilion and the Eastern Iowa Sleep Center (EISC) solidified an agreement that will result in a modern new space for EISC and convenient continuity of care for eastern Iowans with difficulty sleeping.

“The Eastern Iowa Sleep Center signed a long-term lease to occupy space in our new Medical Pavilion II building, currently under construction,” says Michael Sundall, CEO at PCI, in a release. “PCI’s Neurology and Sleep Medicine clinic will co-locate on the same floor, creating a seamless experience for patients. Not only will patients be able to see their clinician and access all the needed services in one location, but the sleep medicine staff from both entities will enjoy greater ability to cooperate and coordinate treatment.”

EISC, an independent diagnostic testing facility, was created in 2007 as a partnership between PCI, UnityPoint-St. Luke’s Hospital, and Mercy Medical Center. More than 100 in-lab and home sleep apnea test studies per week are conducted by EISC, located in Mercy Medical Center’s 600 7th Street Building.

PCI’s Neurology and Sleep Medicine providers have been

‘Zzzzzz’: That’s a Prescription for Better Health, Area Sleep Centers Report 0

‘Zzzzzz’: That’s a Prescription for Better Health, Area Sleep Centers Report

Sleep is likely to command ever-more attention from scientists, hospitals and society in years to come, reports Prairie Business Magazine.

“It’s a very rapid response when we start fixing our sleep. And if it’s something very specific – like obstructive sleep apnea – that’s affecting their blood pressure, blood sugar, cardiac rhythm and cognitive functions, those things also may improve starting right away.”

That’s why psychiatrists, cardiologists and diabetes specialists, among other providers, have started referring patients to sleep centers, he said. They’ve learned it’s very hard to control conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes in patients with untreated sleep apnea.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2019/05/better-health-area-sleep-centers-report/…

The Often-overlooked Connection Between Sleep Troubles and Stroke 0

The Often-overlooked Connection Between Sleep Troubles and Stroke

Doctors continue to overlook the interplay between sleep disorders and stroke.

Getting a good night’s sleep can be difficult for many, but restful slumber can be especially hard for stroke survivors. And although various studies have examined the association, doctors continue to overlook the interplay between sleep disorders and stroke, finds a new report on the issue.

More than 50% of stroke survivors are estimated to have some type of sleep problem, yet few get formally tested, in part because of “the lack of awareness” among stroke providers, according to the review published Thursday in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

In addition to increasing stroke risk, sleep disturbances may worsen after a stroke, the report said. So, remedies to reduce sleep impairments could help prevent a first or subsequent stroke.

Sleep apnea is a condition in which breathing is repeatedly stopped and restarted because of changes in airflow. The report said more than 70% of stroke survivors have a specific condition known as obstructive sleep apnea, in which the tongue or other obstruction