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Entries in sleep apnea (17)


April 18th is Sleep Apnea Awareness Day 2012!

The American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) has declared April 18, 2012 as Sleep Apnea Awareness Day. Sleep Apnea occurs when the airway is blocked during sleep, causing loss of oxygen to the blood, and causing the body to not be able to achieve deep REM sleep. REM sleep is essential to the human body and without it a person never feels rested. The affects of sleep deprivation are cumulative. The American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) has issued a YouTube Video to help with awareness. Please share it with your friends and family. Sleep Apnea is no joke, it can be life-threatening and is easily treated with effective results.

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Top 5 iPhone Apps for Sleep Apnea

Are you on board with the iPhone/iPad revolution? These little devices have literally changed the computing landscape just in the last 2-3 years. No other device, in history, has been adopted so quickly and with such large numbers. With thousands upon thousands of apps available at your fingertips, surely you have space to look at a few CPAP and Sleep Apnea related apps? These are some of the best I could find. If you know of others, I would love to hear about them. These are iPhone apps that are either sleep apnea news, diagnosis, or treatment based...

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February is American Heart Month

February is deemed "American Heart Month" by the American Heart Association. During American Heart Month, thousands of volunteers visit their neighbors. Their goal is to raise funds for research and education and pass along information about heart disease and stroke...

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Dental Appliances vs. CPAP

Oral appliances, or dental appliances, are often prescribed to treat sleep apnea. An oral appliance is used to keep the airway open during sleep by either pushing the lower jaw forward with a MAD (mandibular advancement device) or by keeping the toungue from falling back with a toungue retaining device. The most popular device is the MAD...

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LIVE Twitter Q&A - Jan 14, 2011

Getting answers about your CPAP Therapy has never been so easy. plans to hold a live Twitter Q&A event on January 14th to answer questions about CPAP therapy products. Getting answers about CPAP products can sometimes prove difficult on the Internet. Most Internet retailers of CPAP machines, CPAP masks, and other sleep apnea related supplies offer educational materials on websites to assist patients with their CPAP Therapy and with product selection. However, sometimes even that abundance of information can be too much to digest.

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Dec212010 Makes it Easier Than Ever to Purchase CPAP Machines Online 

Today's medical shopper has to be smarter than ever. An abundance of websites offer treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea and patients can be quickly overwhelmed when choosing a CPAP machine from an online supplier. There are many choices and options that are technical in nature. has redesigned its product page to quickly note the differences between machines and allow customers to make an informed decision. The new pages show Editor's Notes that allow a quick overview of the features a specific CPAP machine. "We believe our product page is easy to read and easy to understand. We want customers to know they have choices, but we also want them to understand the differences in those choices", says Tim Tillman, Chief Information Officer...

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Sleep Apnea Death Risks

A wonderful article over at WebMD discusses hightened risks of car wrecks, diabetes, heart attack, and pregnancy complications due to sleep apnea.

Some quick highlights:

  • Alan Mulgrew, MD, and colleagues at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver compared the claims and accident records of 800 patients with confirmed sleep apnea with those of 800 people who did not have sleep apnea. Over the three years before their diagnosis, the sleep apnea patients were nearly five times more likely to have serious car crashes than were other drivers.
  • To see whether the diabetes and sleep apnea were related, researchers kept track of nearly 600 sleep apnea patients for up to six years. Compared with similar men without sleep apnea, the patients were more than two-and-a-half times more likely to develop diabetes.
  • Women with sleep apnea were twice as likely as other women to have gestational diabetes.
  • Women with sleep apnea were four times more likely than other women to have pregnancy-induced high blood pressure.

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World Diabetes Day - November 14th, 2010

Sunday November 14 marks “World Diabetes Day”. What an appropriate time to shed some light on the issues associated with sleep apnea and diabetes. We hear more and more about sleep apnea these days and rightfully so. It causes or is linked to some pretty serious health problems. It is associated with high blood pressure (hypertension), stroke, chronic fatigue, depression, GERD and diabetes...

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New CPAP Masks Target Sleep Apnea Therapy Options for Women

Updated on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 10:36AM by Registered

Sleep Apnea has long been thought to be a condition only experienced by middle-aged overweight men. The stereotypical snoring man who gasps for breath while sleeping and sometimes stops breathing altogether should no longer be the norm. Women make up a third of the total diagnosed population with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and manufacturers, sleep clinics, and retailers are starting to notice.

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Men's Health Magazine Agrees: OSA Can Affect Anyone

There was a fantastic article recently in Men's Health about OSA and how it can affect any age group and any fitness level. Particularly, the article focused on extremely healthly and fit men and how a silent killer could be out there...

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