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Results of Largest Clinical Trial Evaluating the Role of CPAP In Decreasing Heart Disease Published: How To Interpret the Results?

Posted by SusanR on September 14, 2016 in Research

Studies of the associations between sleep apnea and heart disease in large communities of individuals provide strong evidence that untreated sleep apnea increases the risk of developing high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, heart failure, stroke and premature death. There are known physiological mechanisms to explain how sleep apnea increases heart disease risk, which include injury of blood vessels and the heart muscle. Keep reading

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Innovation Challenge: Your Ideas for Treating Sleep Apnea

Posted by MyApnea on August 25, 2016 in Research

Earlier this week, the Football Players Health Study at Harvard University launched a really cool challenge with cash prizes to be awarded. Why do we care, besides caring in general about the damage that occurs to some of our favorite athletes over the course of their careers? Well, this particular challenge is about - sleep apnea! The Players Study is offering a financial incentive to stimulate the creative problem solvers among us: come up with a way to improve "adherence" to CPAP therapy. Keep reading

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Sleep Apnea and Hearing Loss

Posted by MarkHanson on February 5, 2016 in Research

Approximately 15% of American adults (37.5 million) 18 years old and over report some trouble hearing. Hearing impairment can lower the quality of life, impair participation in daily activities, and harm cognition. In adults, about 10% of hearing loss relates to noise exposure, the other 90% associated with aging. Normal hearing requires the healthy flow of blood to the ear, so factors that cause disease in the blood vessels, such as diabetes, can cause hearing problems. Keep reading

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Complex Sleep Apnea

Posted by RobertThomas on February 4, 2016 in Research

A Patient’s Introduction In the following article, the researcher who coined the phrase "complex sleep apnea" gives an overview of this variant, one that is often poorly understood and has been variously defined. Keep reading

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Research Links Sleep Apnea with both Chronic Peridontitis and Painful TMD (Tempomandibular Disorder)

Posted by MyApnea on February 3, 2016 in Research

Sleep Apnea and Periodontitis Two bacterial diseases are the leading causes of tooth loss. One is dental caries (tooth decay), and the other is periodontitis (gum disease). Periodontitis affects all of the tissues that hold the tooth in place—the gum, periodontal ligament and the jaw bone itself. Over time, these tissues are destroyed by toxins produced by the bacterial infection and by the immune system’s inflammatory response to fight that infection. Keep reading

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Atrial fibrillation and its links to sleep apnea

Posted by SuzieBertisch on October 14, 2015 in Research

What is atrial fibrillation? Atrial fibrillation is an abnormal heart rhythm that causes the heart to beat in an “irregularly irregular” pattern. Electrical impulses do not follow the usual orderly movement from the heart’s upper chambers (atria) to its lower chambers (ventricles). The ventricles are the chambers that push blood to the rest of the body. Keep reading

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Women, Sleep Apnea, and Heart Disease

Posted by SusanR on September 21, 2015 in Research

In a recent study, my colleagues at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Columbia University and Baylor Medical Center and I found that older women are at higher relative risk of developing sleep apnea-related heart disease than older men. This study turns on its head the notion that sleep apnea is a “man’s” disease- that is, traditional thinking that men are both more likely to have sleep apnea and have sleep apnea-related health problems. Keep reading

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New Frontiers in the Treatment of Sleep Apnea: Unilateral Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation

Posted by KingmanStrohl on September 10, 2015 in Research

Unilateral stimulation of the hypoglossal nerve (the nerve that controls the movement of the tongue) is a new treatment for people with moderate to severe OSA who are unable to use continuous positive prtessure therapy (CPAP). CPAP, oral appliances, and some surgeries work “from the outside in” to prevent the tissues from relaxing and blocking the upper airway (nasal and oral passages).1 This nerve stimulation therapy works “from the inside out” to move the muscles and keep the airway open. Keep reading

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Didgeridoos: A Potentially Novel Intervention for Sleep Apnea

Posted by DennisHwang on June 29, 2015 in Research

In 2005, the British Medical Journal published a research study that made the American Thoracic Society International Conference “Top 5 Articles of the Year”, and since has remained a frequently talked about study that has also seemingly gained a cult following. In a randomized controlled research study, Dr. Braendli’s team in Switzerland discovered that playing the didgeridoo, a native Australian wind instrument, resulted in improvement in obstructive sleep apnea (or OSA). Keep reading

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What is the link between type 2 diabetes and obstructive sleep apnea?

Posted by jessiebakker on June 1, 2015 in Research

Type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea tend to go hand-in-hand Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are both very common, each affecting around 10% of adults in the United States. Unfortunately, T2DM and OSA often go hand-in-hand. It has been known for some time that there are a large number of people who have both conditions, although there is evidence that OSA is often undiagnosed. Keep reading

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