Treating Apnea May Help Blood Pressure

Connection discovered between poor sleep habits and increased risk of hypertension.

Treating obstructive sleep apnea in patients who have daytime sleepiness as a symptom may have an additional benefit—a reduction in the risk of high blood pressure.

A pair of studies published in the May 23/30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association point to a possible link between a reduction in hypertension and the use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), but only one of the studies—an observational one—found ...

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Sleep Apnea Treatment Linked to Improved Appearance

New research shows that people who stick to a treatment for sleep apnea end up looking more alert, youthful and attractive.

The most effective treatment for sleep apnea — continuous positive airway pressure (CNAP) therapy — requires users to wear a mask connected to a machine all night. Since this is burdensome, many people eventually stop CNAP, but a new finding suggesting that the therapy improves physical appearance may convince people to plug back in.

Researchers from the University of Michigan took ...

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Sleep Apnea Raises Risk For Hard-To-Treat Hypertension

People with severe sleep apnea are at a higher risk for high blood pressure that does not respond to medication, according to preliminary new research.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can leave you feeling groggy and tired throughout the day, but it may also be responsible for up to nearly 60 percent of hard-to-treat hypertension, according to new preliminary research presented today at the American Academy of Sleep Medicine meeting in Baltimore.

Researchers looked at 284 people with sleep apnea and found that ...

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Obesity Crisis May Be Fueling Big Jump in Sleep Apnea Cases

Researcher calls troubled sleep an ‘uncalculated cost’ of America’s weight epidemic.

The widening American waistline may be feeding an epidemic of sleep apnea, potentially robbing millions of people of a good night’s rest, a new study suggests.

The research didn’t definitively link the rise in obesity to sleep apnea, and it only looked at 1,520 people, almost all white, in Wisconsin. But study author Paul Peppard believes the findings show a big spike in sleep apnea cases over the past two decades ...

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Check Kids for Sleep Apnea

American Academy of Pediatrics recommends screening all children for snoring and polysomnography for those who regularly snore and have any associated symptoms such as snorting or gasping, daytime sleepiness, or labored breathing during sleep.

Children who frequently snore should be evaluated for obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS), according to a new guideline from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Clinicians should evaluate kids who snore for co-occurring symptoms such as labored breathing during sleep or daytime sleepiness, and refer them for polysomnography, Carole ...

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Sleep Apnea Affects Many Women, Too

Study finds obesity, high blood pressure raise the odds for disorder.

Although sleep apnea is a condition often associated with men, new research reveals that many women also have the disorder, especially those who are obese or have high blood pressure.

Sleep apnea causes frequent pauses in breathing during sleep, and rates of the condition increase as people age.

For the study, researchers from Uppsala University and Umea University in Sweden surveyed 400 women, aged 20 and older. The women also underwent a ...

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Sleep Apnea Market to Double in Five Years

Global market has potential for growth as more patients get properly diagnosed.

The global sleep apnea market is expected to be worth $19.72 billion by 2017.

A new report by Dallas-based MarketsandMarkets projected that is a more than double increase from 2011 when the market was estimated to be$7.96 billion.

The U.S. is the largest market for sleep apnea products, followed by Europe and then Asia.

Broadly divided into diagnostic devices and therapeutics devices, the sleep apnea market is witnessing intense competition. The report ...

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Apnea Linked to Neuropathy Risk in Diabetes

Future research hopes to find link between treating apnea and treating diabetes.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) independently predicted coexistence of diabetic peripheral neuropathy, and the association remained significant after adjustment for multiple confounders, British investigators reported.

Two-thirds of a group of patients with type 2 diabetes had OSA, and 60 percent of the OSA subgroup had peripheral neuropathy. In contrast, the patients without OSA had a neuropathy prevalence of 27 percent.

The data also suggested potential mechanistic explanations involving nitrosative/oxidative stress and microvascular ...

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Sleep Apnea Therapy Might Ease Depression, Too

Positive airway pressure even helps patients who fail to use the treatment as prescribed, study finds.

Positive airway pressure, which is used to treat obstructive sleep apnea, may also help ease symptoms of depression among people with the sleep-related breathing disorder, a new study suggests.

Although depression is common among people with sleep apnea, researchers from the Cleveland Clinic Sleep Disorders Center found that patients who used positive airway pressure therapy had fewer depressive symptoms — even if they didn’t follow the ...

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Feeling Lackadaisical? Sleep Apnea May Be to Blame

Millions don’t know they have the airway disorder, experts say.

Millions of Americans plod through each day exhausted. Not because they’re working too hard, over-exercising or not taking enough vitamins.

The real reason, experts say, is because they unknowingly have a sleep disorder.

As many as 18 million Americans have obstructive sleep apnea, according to the National Sleep Foundation. But researchers estimate that as many as 90 percent of them don’t know they have it.

Sleep apnea causes people’s airways to become blocked while ...

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