CPAP Machines Could Decrease Heart Failure Risk

People with sleep apnea, especially those over 60, could decrease their risk of heart failure by using CPAP masks at night to help with breathing, according to new research, reports Medical Xpress.

The study, published Friday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, explored the connection between heart failure and sleep apnea, a condition that goes beyond plain snoring. It’s when a person pauses in breathing five to 30 times or more per hour while sleeping.

Previous studies have tied sleep apnea to heart attacks and strokes, but researchers of the new study focused on the possible link between sleep apnea and heart failure, when the heart isn’t pumping as well as it should be, causing the body to receive less oxygen.

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Sleeping With Shleep

Sleep or better yet the lack of it is fast becoming a global problem these days. More often than not, you’d struggle to get that forty winks because of numerous distractions to your environment. You don’t even have to go far to do something about your sleeping problems because traditional remedies included counting sheep. However, we have long since upgraded ourselves with the help of technology. Why do things manually when you are not even guaranteed of successful results if there are tech innovations that are designed to make our lives easier and at the same put an end to many of the problems we face today. It is not a futile effort too as we all know now that a lot of people are struggling to get a good night’s sleep because of the myriad of distractions that are littered in the online and real world.

Some of these innovations are actually kind of interesting and amusing to the general public because they have some of the weirdest ideas but at times they do work. It may not work for everybody but it does for some and that’s all that matters. The market for sleep technologies is so big that someone is bound to find a specific gadget useful in their life. And the market is so big, always keep that in mind. Who needs to count sheep when you can try a state-of-the-art device like Shleep, and it …

New Tech Freshens the CPAP Cleaners’ Market

With the launch of a new ultraviolet light-based disinfecting device, Sleep Review takes a look at the pros and cons of ozone versus UV light versus plain water and soap, as well as the impact of travel CPAPs on the device cleaners market.

As CPAP technology continues to advance, so does that of accessories like CPAP cleaners. Cleaners help patients keep their devices free of bacteria and other buildup, and some find the convenience of cleaner devices to be an integral part of their therapy experience. This article discusses the advantages and disadvantages of ozone versus ultraviolet (UV) light versus soap and water to clean CPAPs, as well as the impact of the increase of travel CPAPs on the CPAP cleaners market.

UV Light, Ozone, or Soap and Water?

3B Medical recently launched the Lumin, which uses UV light to disinfect CPAP masks, water chambers, and hoses. Incorporating UV is a new technology in the CPAP cleaners market, though it has been previously utilized for other types of medical disinfection. Alex Lucio, CEO of 3B Medical, says, “We planned a 90-day initial production run and went on backorder within the first week of sales. We raised production levels and still went on backorder.”

Lucio thinks the higher-than-3B-anticipated order volume is due to pulmonary physician concerns over respiratory patients using CPAP cleaners that rely on ozone—traditionally the disinfecting mechanism employed in CPAP cleaning devices. Though using ozone

More Medical Devices Are Connecting Patients to Their Data. Now What?

The global lead for behavior change at Philips HealthTech explains why he thinks connected care should be designed to help people reach their health goals.

As connected care technologies progress, so too does the amount of readily accessible data. CPAP devices alone can now alert patients to their nightly apnea-hypopnea index, mask seal, hours used, and other parameters via a few clicks on a smartphone.

But it’s not enough to simply connect people with their data—it has has to be done in a meaningful way, said Mark Aloia, PhD, the global lead for behavior change at Philips HealthTech and a psychologist at National Jewish Health, in a conversation with Sleep Review at SLEEP 2018. “There are really two reasons to connect people with their data: to encourage them or with the intention of changing their behavior.” As his position title implies, Aloia has many insights on the subject of behavior change.

“When you connect people with their data, you have to understand how people receive data and how they make change in their lives,” he continued. “I’d like to think that we [Philips] are doing it in a meaningful way to help people create the change they want to create in their lives: to help them reach their goals and use their data in a wise way. It’s not about just throwing a bunch of data at you and seeing what happens. It’s about doing it in

RespireRx Takes Step to Advance Dronabinol Obstructive Sleep Apnea Program with Letter of Intent for Co-Development and Supply Agreement

On June 13, 2018, RespireRx Pharmaceuticals Inc entered into a letter of intent with Noramco Inc, a producer of controlled substances bulk APIs for the pharmaceutical industry, pursuant to which the parties have entered into a 90-day period during which they will negotiate a definitive agreement regarding the RespireRx’s development of dronabinol.

Subject to successful completion of due diligence and execution of a definitive agreement, RespireRx and Noramco will cooperate in the co-development of both a first-generation gel capsule of dronabinol in sesame oil and a second-generation modified formulation of dronabinol with enhanced pharmaceutical properties.

Dronabinol is a synthetic cannabinoid, also known as Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol or Δ9-THC and is approved and marketed by other companies both as a branded product and in generic formulations for anorexia associated with AIDS and chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting. It is theRespireRx’s intention to develop its own branded dronabinol for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

The letter sets out the principal terms of an intended agreement that would address: the company’s agreement to purchase dronabinol exclusively from Noramco Inc and/or its affiliates at a fixed rate, most of which is anticipated to occur at or after commercialization commences and Noramco’s obligation to provide 100% of the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) for the clinical development process for both the first- and second-generation products, three validation batches for NDA filing(s), and adequate supply for the initial inventory stocking for the wholesale and retail channels, subject

8 Hours sleep a day? Forget about it – check out these strange sleeping habits!

Bizarre_Sleeping_Habits_of_Famous_People_IG (1)We all know that we are supposed to get a solid eight hours sleep per day – this is a tried and tested fact that has become a globally accepted standard. Is sleep as black and white as we think however? Is obtaining eight hours of uninterrupted bliss as vital as scientists and researchers lead […]

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Alaska Fishermen Suffer High Rate of Health Problems

Alaska salmon fishermen have a significantly higher rate of health problems than the general population. This is according to a new study conducted by the University of Washington School of Public Health in partnership with Alaska Sea Grant. The health issues include noise-induced hearing loss, upper extremity disorders, and fatigue possibly associated with sleep apnea.

The study began in early 2015 when Torie Baker, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory agent in Cordova, and members of Cordova District Fishermen United invited 600 salmon gillnet permit holders to answer health questions before and during the fishing season. Debra Cherry, MD, MS, a physician and injury prevention and treatment researcher with the University of Washington Department of Epidemiology, led the effort.

The peer-reviewed study was published in April 2018 in the Journal of Agromedicine.

Evidence of noise-induced hearing loss in the study is striking. About 80% of physical exam participants had hearing loss, compared to the 15% norm for Americans. In addition to engine noise while fishing, most fishermen reported exposure to noise during off-season activities, such as snowmachining, hunting, and construction jobs.

Researchers also found evidence of rotator cuff problems in 40% of physical exam participants compared to the norm of 8% to 14%. The potentially high prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea, captured via standardized survey questions, is also concerning, say the authors. Less sleep combined with poor quality sleep may exacerbate fatigue during the fishing season.

Worldwide, fishermen are exposed

Fatigue with HIV Could Have Reversible Cause

A new collaboration between pulmonary and infectious disease specialists finds that many of the cases of fatigue and difficulty sleeping that are common in persons with HIV infection could be caused by obstructive sleep apnea, reports MD Magazine.

“First I think that this problem has gone overlooked because for many years HIV docs were focused on getting people on effective therapy to keep them alive, rather than focusing on a quality of life issue like fatigue,” Owens said. “Second, it is hard sometimes to collaborate outside your area of expertise.”

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Blood Biomarkers as a Diagnostic Tool for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

The Dove Medical Press journal Nature and Science of Sleep has published a study that highlights the potential use of blood biomarkers as a diagnostic tool for obstructive sleep apnea. The article entitled Use of blood biomarkers to screen for obstructive sleep apnea demonstrates positive clinical trial results that suggest blood tests may be a useful screening tool and potentially superior to current diagnostic methods.

The study, which used male participants, found that concurrent elevations of hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), C-reactive protein (CRP), and erythropoietin (EPO) indicated that a patient may have obstructive sleep apnea. The study demonstrated that blood biomarkers proved superior to the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) and other standard screening methods currently used for diagnosis, particularly in non-obese males. These tests were shown to correlate with disease severity and may assist in triaging patients for diagnosis and treatment.

In a statement, the authors said that they anticipated that use of objective blood tests will improve screening accuracy and timely diagnosis, improve patient management, decrease the incidence of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and decrease healthcare costs.

Steven Shea, PhD, Nature and Science of Sleep editor-in-chief and founder of one of the first clinical sleep laboratories in the United Kingdom, says, “Diagnosis for sleep apnea usually requires expensive overnight polysomnography. An accurate, simple, quick, and cheap screening test would be ideal. Signs of sleep apnea detected from a blood sample is an important step in that direction and is particularly

Visit A Sleep Disorder Center For A Good Night’s Sleep

Sleeping is not just a luxury but a necessity in our lives. We need it in order to function normally and live healthily throughout all the days of our lives. Our sleeping requirement varies as we age. Babies do nothing but just sleep almost the entire day but the length of their sleep reduces as they grow up. Kids still have the biggest requirement because of the rapid growth and development they go through and it is evident in their growing bodies. Once you enter adulthood, sleep becomes more of a luxury because of heavier workload and more responsibilities you have to juggle day in and day out. Yet even if you can claim that your body has reached maturity once you hit adulthood, it does not mean you need less sleep than your younger counterparts.

Sleep is essential for everyone no matter what your age is. Adults need it too because they do so much more now they need the energy to help them last throughout the day and night. They can’t just reason out that they lack sleep as an excuse to skip school or miss work because they should know better that their bodies need to rest too or else they succumb to sickness. It’s the reason why sleep clinics are on the rise these days. Many people finally admit that they lack sleep for a lot of reasons but it should not stop them from getting …