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Help AASM Update the Clinical Guideline on Home Sleep Apnea Testing for the Diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) is currently working to update its clinical practice guideline on the Use of Home Sleep Apnea Testing (HSAT) for the diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, in Children. This guideline will provide recommendations on when or how to use home sleep apnea testing devices for diagnosing children with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Keep reading

Help AASM Update the Clinical Guideline on Central Sleep Apnea

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) is currently working to update its clinical practice guideline on the Treatment of Central Sleep Apnea (CSA). This guideline will provide recommendations for how to treat adults with central sleep apnea. This guideline will have an important impact on standardizing physician practice and ensuring that patients get the best quality care. Keep reading

New sleep apnea resources available on MyApnea

New Patient Resources on MyApnea Low awareness about sleep apnea symptoms and/or positive airway pressure (PAP) treatment options can be a barrier to management of sleep apnea. Developing materials that are clear and easy to use is critical for reducing barriers to OSA care. The MyApnea team, in partnership with interdisciplinary stakeholders, including patients, providers, and community members, has just launched a new set of resources that are developed by patients for patients. Keep reading

Philips Recall – Update for patients

Philips Recall – Update for patients As you likely are aware, Philips Respironics issued a voluntary recall of certain sleep and respiratory care products to address potential health risks related to the polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam in these devices. This news likely was jarring to patients with these devices. Keep reading

Covid-19 and Sleep Apnea: What Patients with Sleep Apnea Want to Know

Our team recently spoke with patients with sleep apnea across the US and asked them what they wanted to know about sleep apnea and Covid-19. To answer some common questions, we developed a "Living with Sleep Apnea" Fact Sheet on Covid-19. This is a first of a series of helpful tools for patients with sleep apnea. Click below to view and download the Fact Sheet: Keep reading

A Novel Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea - Patient Survey

Researchers at University of New South Wales (UNSW) are conducting a study about whether a theoretical new treatment system for obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) would be acceptable to people with OSA. This theoretical treatment has two parts – a one-off injection to the tongue that sensitises the tongue muscles to a specific type of light. The patient would then wear a mouthguard device at night that shines light on the tongue activating the muscles and keeping the airway open. Keep reading

Covid-19 Complications and Outcomes: Sleep Apnea and CPAP Treatment

Submitted by Susan Redline, MD, MPH. Professor of Sleep Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School As many people are aware, obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes are associated with more severe Covid-19 infections. However, an important question is whether sleep apnea is an unrecognized or hidden risk factor for complications from Covid-19 and whether positive airway pressure (PAP), used to treat sleep apnea, changes this risk. Keep reading

Strategies to promote better sleep in these uncertain times

Excerpt of an article written by Dr. Suzanne Bertisch and originally published by the Harvard Health Blog. These are unprecedented times. Given the threat of the coronavirus pandemic on us personally, our communities, and our society, it is normal to experience anxiety and sleep problems. Sleep is a reversible state marked by a loss of consciousness to our surroundings. As members of the animal kingdom, our brains have evolved to respond to dangers by increasing vigilance and attention. Keep reading

FDA questions safety of CPAP cleaners

Keeping your CPAP machine clean can be a challenge. To help people using CPAP, there are many automated machines that claim to clean or disinfect CPAPs. You may have seen these advertised on TV, or you may even use one! On February 27, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that "you should think twice before buying a machine that claims to clean or disinfect a CPAP". The FDA specifically warned about CPAP cleaning devices that use ozone or ultraviolet light. Keep reading

Study Suggests Women May Be Undertreated for Sleep Apnea

For a long time, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) was considered to be a disease that mostly affected men. Today, women are being diagnosed more often. But still, 3-to-5 times more men are diagnosed than women. MyApnea founder, Dr. Susan Redline, and a team of researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Yale School of Medicine set out to understand how sleep apnea presents in men and women and its impact on diagnosis and health impact. For a long time, Dr. Keep reading