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February 28, 2011 | By Amanda Leigh Mascarelli, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Many people with sleep apnea are not aware that they have it. Because the disorder is so prevalent, sleep experts say that doctors should routinely ask patients about the quality of their sleep. If you suspect that you or someone you know might have sleep apnea, it is important to seek medical advice. Symptoms include loud snoring, gasping and pauses in breathing while you sleep; high blood pressure; daytime sleepiness; and cognitive impairment. Diagnosis usually requires an overnight sleep evaluation.
February 1, 2012 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Having severe sleep apnea may make people more at risk for silent strokes and small brain lesions, researchers found. A study presented this week at the American Stroke Assn.'s International Stroke Conference in New Orleans focused on 56 people, average age 67, who had had strokes. They were tested for sleep apnea and underwent magnetic resonance imaging and computerized tomography scans, which were reviewed by a radiologist who didn't know the results of the apnea tests. Almost all (91%)
Charlotte Cox lies on a table with 22 green, red, blue and yellow electrodes glued to her head. As she relaxes, the electroencephalograph machine she is wired to steadily spits out reams of graph paper filled with black zigzagging lines. Across the room, a fellow classmate, also sprawled out on a laboratory table, is having his head blown dry with an air hose so wires can be secured to his skull.
April 1, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Snoring in children may be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a common but under-diagnosed condition that has been linked to learning problems, slow growth and even bed-wetting and high blood pressure, new pediatricians' guidelines say. All children's routine checkups should include questions about snoring to better diagnose the syndrome, which can often be cured by surgery to remove tonsils and adenoids, according to the guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
August 1, 2008 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
Sleep apnea, brief disruptions of breathing during the night that affect as many as 12 million Americans, increases the risk of death four- to sixfold, according to two new studies released today. Results from the studies "remove any reasonable doubt that sleep apnea is a fatal disease," said epidemiologist Nathaniel S. Marshall of the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research in Australia, lead author of one of the two papers published in the journal Sleep.
August 2, 1987 | GAYLE YOUNG, United Press International
Fourteen men in a recent study were asked to place small pegs into a board, recall lists of numbers and copy designs on pieces of paper. All of the men suffer from sleep apnea, a disorder that caused them to wake repeatedly during the night, starved for oxygen and with air passageways blocked. None of them could complete the tasks as well as a control group of men who suffer from other problems that prevented them from getting a good night's sleep.
April 7, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- The engineer of a train that derailed after speeding into a tight curve, killing four passengers, suffered from a "severe" sleep disorder, investigators said Monday in a report after the train operator's admission that he "zoned out" shortly before the wreck.  A report from the National Transportation Safety Board included a detailed account of engineer William Rockefeller's medical reports, and the transcript of an interview investigators...
March 18, 1999
Those who snore and suffer from sleep apnea are seven times more likely to get into car accidents than others, today's New England Journal of Medicine reports. Sleep apnea occurs when the sleeper's throat repeatedly closes and air is temporarily cut off, prompting the sleeper to be jolted awake by the lack of oxygen. It can make people extraordinarily tired during the day. To gauge the effect of sleep apnea on drivers, a team led by Dr. J.
Eleven o'clock is "lights out." Benjamin Navarro sets aside his copy of the New Republic and lies back in bed, trying to get comfortable with 18 wires crisscrossing his body. At 11:02 p.m., Navarro yawns. A needle swings wildly on a monitor humming softly in the next room. At 11:10, Navarro turns onto his left side, and half a dozen needles jerk in response. This night will be like no other for Navarro, a 32-year-old computer programmer from Carson, who dozes off by 11:18.
September 29, 1985 | SUSAN SEAGER, United Press International
If you are a man who snores, your problem may be more serious than you thought. Rowland Keenan of Mission Viejo, for instance, was proud of his ability to nod off immediately after dinner, but he always felt tired during the day. The chance exists that many heavy snorers are afflicted, like Keenan, with a relatively little-known and often serious breathing-sleeping disorder known as sleep apnea.
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