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…

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…

Home sleep testing as good as lab testing for informing management of obstructive sleep apnea

On January 24, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Outcomes for patients with suspected obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) were not inferior when managed with data from limited-channel sleep testing versus full laboratory-based polysomnography (PSG). The findings, published in Annals of Internal Medicine, suggest that data for informing OSA patient management can be obtained at home. Demand…

Study links hypoxemia from obstructive sleep apnea with renal complications in type 2 diabetes

Examining the poorly understood link between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and type 2 diabetes complications, researchers identified specific measures of low blood oxygenation that are associated with impaired kidney function and diabetic nephropathy. The study by Linong Ji, MD and colleagues, Peking University People’s Hospital and Peking University Health…

Vitamin D deficiency does not increase risk and severity of obstructive sleep apnea

On December 24, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

A recent study of elderly men found no evidence that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) increased in severity (or prevalence) as a result of vitamin D deficiency. “The link between obesity and vitamin D deficiency can be explained a number ways, one of which is that obese individuals are…

Treatments for obstructive sleep apnea show similar reductions in blood pressure

On December 2, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Among patients with obstructive sleep apnea, a comparison of the treatments continuous positive airway pressure and mandibular advancement devices found both were associated with similar reductions in systolic and diastolic blood pressure, according to a study in the December 1 issue of JAMA. Obstructive sleep apnea is…

Certain factors may help identify patients for surgical procedure for obstructive sleep apnea

Patients with more severe obstructive sleep apnea are more likely to receive greater benefit from the surgical procedure known as maxillomandibular advancement, according to a study published online by JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. Maxillomandibular advancement (MMA) is an invasive yet potentially effective surgical option in the…

UCD researcher's findings may lead to therapeutic targets for heart diseases associated with obstructive sleep apnoea

Dr Silke Ryan, a University College Dublin (UCD) medical researcher, has delivered the flagship Cournand lecture at European Respiratory Society’s (ERS) 2015 international congress. The congress, the largest annual respiratory meeting in the world, took place earlier this week in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and was attended by over 20,000…

Simple test predicts obstructive sleep apnea in patients hospitalized for heart failure

On September 24, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University showed that a simple questionnaire, evaluation and pulse-oximetry monitoring can lead to early detection of sleep apnea in patients hospitalized for congestive heart failure (CHF). The results are published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology: Heart Failure. Jefferson researchers found that…