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ATS Publishes Clinical Practice Guidelines on Sleep Apnea and Driving

The American Thoracic Society has released new clinical practice guidelines on sleep apnea, sleepiness, and driving risk on non-commercial drivers.

The new guidelines, which are an update of a 1994 ATS statement on this topic, appear in the June 1, 2013 American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Surgery on Adenoid, Tonsils Improves Outcomes in Children with Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Surgical removal of adenoids and tonsils, or adenotonsillectomy (AT), has been shown to help children with sleep apnea. Children who had these surgeries have experienced improvements in behavior, quality of life, and other symptoms. This is compared to children without these surgeries.

Study Shows the Value of Sleep Specialists in Promoting CPAP Adherence

A new study reports that a consultation with a board certified sleep medicine physician prior to undergoing a diagnostic PSG is predictive of increased 30-day CPAP use.

Study Examines Outcomes for Treatment of Sleep Apnea with Primary Care vs. Specialist Care

Among patients who were identified as likely having moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea, treatment based in primary care was not clinically inferior to treatment at a specialist sleep center for improvement in daytime sleepiness scores.

Treating sleep-disordered breathing in pregnancy may improve fetal health

Studies suggest that treatment of mild-sleep disordered breathing with CPAP therapy in pregnant women with preeclampsia improves fetal activity levels.

Sleep Apnea Associated with Higher Mortality from Cancer

Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), commonly known as sleep apnea, is associated with an increased risk of cancer mortality, according to a new study.

CDC Study Shows Association Between Depression and Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea and other symptoms of OSA are associated with probable major depression, regardless of factors like weight, age, sex or race, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sleep Apnea Treatment May Protect Against Heart Failure

A nightly breathing treatment may do more than help people with obstructive sleep apnea get a good night’s rest — it may also help prevent heart failure.

Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation Increases Airflow During Sleep in Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Hypoglossal nerve stimulation (HGNS) produced marked dose-related increases in airflow in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients without arousing them from sleep, according to a new study from the Johns Hopkins Sleep Disorders Center.

Catching a breath -- wirelessly

New noninvasive ways of measuring sleep-disordered breathing are in development.

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