Why might sleep apnea raise dementia risk?

On July 5, 2018, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

A common disorder that repeatedly interrupts breathing during sleep is tied to changes in brain structure that are also seen in early dementia. How are OSA and dementia linked? This was the main finding of new research into obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in older adults that is now published in…

Cannabinoid drug found effective for treating sleep apnea

On December 4, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Sleep apnea is estimated to affect 1 in 5 American adults, and there are currently no drugs available to treat it. But a large-scale clinical trial now offers hope, proving that a drug that uses a synthetic version of the main psychoactive substance in cannabis is effective for treating the…

Obstructive sleep apnea linked to higher Alzheimer's risk

On November 10, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

What is the link between sleep apnea and neurodegenerative conditions? Researchers investigate. A new study has demonstrated that older adults who experience obstructive sleep apnea may be at increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. This is because they exhibit higher levels of amyloid beta, the chief component of the amyloid plaques that…

Sleep apnea in children impairs memory consolidation

On November 9, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

New research sheds light on sleep apnea in children. A new study examined how obstructive sleep apnea in children may interfere with memory consolidation, and it also uncovered a potential method of predicting the level of disruption caused by the associated sleep loss. Over the years, science has delved into the nature and function of sleep. Although there…

More evidence: Untreated sleep apnea shown to raise metabolic and cardiovascular stress

On September 27, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Sleep apnea, left untreated for even a few days, can increase blood sugar and fat levels, stress hormones and blood pressure, according to a new study of sleeping subjects. A report of the study’s findings, published in the August issue of The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, adds further support…

More evidence: Untreated sleep apnea shown to raise metabolic and cardiovascular stress

On September 7, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Sleep apnea, left untreated for even a few days, can increase blood sugar and fat levels, stress hormones and blood pressure, according to a new study of sleeping subjects. A report of the study’s findings, published in the August issue of The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, adds further support…

Automated measure of nighttime oxygen levels could speed diagnosis of sleep apnea

On August 8, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Simple, inexpensive test could help identify sleep apnea in children who snore. Computer analysis of oxygen levels in the blood during sleep could — by itself – provide an easy, relatively inexpensive and sufficiently reliable way to determine which children who snore habitually could benefit from a…

Obstructive sleep apnea might lead to irregular heartbeat

On May 23, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Patients with obstructive sleep apnea may be at greater risk of developing atrial fibrillation, or irregular heartbeat, new research finds. Researchers say that OSA could increase the risk of atrial fibrillation. Lead author Dr. Tetyana Kendzerska, Ph.D., of the University of Ottawa in Canada, and colleagues came to their…

Sleep apnea in children may stunt brain development

On March 18, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

Sleep apnea, a common condition in which breathing briefly stops during the night, may reduce the amount of gray matter in a child’s brain, finds a recent study. Although further research is needed, the results are worrying. Sleep apnea’s effect on the developing brain is currently little understood. …

Regulating 'gasotransmitters' could improve care for sleep apnea

On January 26, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Unbalanced signaling by two molecules that regulate breathing leads to sleep apnea in mice and rats, researchers report in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. They show, working with rodents, that injection of a substance that reduces production of one of those signals, hydrogen sulfide, can prevent apneas….