April 28, 2008 |
Sleep apnea can put surgical patients at high risk for respiratory complications during and after surgery. But of the 2% to 26% of Americans who have the condition, some 80% of men and 93% of women don't know it. Now anesthesiology researchers have developed a scoring system, published in the May journal Anesthesiology, to quickly identify obstructive sleep apnea sufferers before surgery.
February 28, 2011 |
The "other" sleep apnea Central sleep apnea is much less common than obstructive sleep apnea, accounting for only about 5% to 10% of total cases. In central sleep apnea, people stop breathing while asleep, "not because of an obstruction in the upper airway but rather because the brain does not send a signal to breathe," says Dr. Phyllis Zee, a professor of neurology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago and an expert in sleep disorders. The condition can be seen in patients with congestive heart failure and in those who are on powerful pain medicines, including opiates such as methadone.
December 17, 2007 |
I recall with fondness the years prior to 1989 when I could take for granted my ability to fall asleep quickly and stay asleep for a full eight hours. After a car accident and subsequent surgeries, however, insomnia and its shiftless cousin, fatigue, settled in for an unwelcome stay -- that is, until recently. I had talked with my doctor over the years about this problem. He offered me sleeping medications -- Ambien, Lunesta, Rozerem, Sonata -- but I happen to be one of those unlucky people who is highly sensitive to most kinds of meds, and these were no exception.
February 28, 2011 |
Big-time, bed-rattling snoring is more than just a detriment to good sleep or happy relationships. It's also a sign that airways aren't open and clear. In extreme cases, snorers spend chunks of the night gasping for breath, a dangerous condition called sleep apnea. If they could somehow open up their airways, they would breathe easier without all of the racket and without the risk. Instead of sucking air through a mask or going under the knife — two common approaches to apnea — many snorers hope they can get extra breathing room with the help of an oral appliance that fits inside the mouth.
July 12, 2010 |
Moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea increases the risk of coronary heart disease or death by 68% in men under the age of 70, but does not increase the risk for men over 70 or for women, researchers reported Monday. Previous studies have also found an increased risk of death linked to the night-time breathing disorder, but the studies have generally involved only small groups of patients, often those who are hospitalized, and most included few or no women. The new study, reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Assn.
November 21, 2004 |
The behavioral biologist Paul Martin loves sleep. His "Counting Sheep" is a paean to the slumbering world and a jeremiad about why we all need more of it. People who don't sleep enough have bigger bellies, less friendly demeanors and weaker immune systems than people who get Martin's recommended eight hours a night of shut-eye. The sleep-deprived crash their cars more often too.
October 20, 1997
In "The Death of Innocents," just published by Bantam Books, Richard Firstman and Jamie Talan reveal how the undetected murders of five children in one family in the late 1960s and early 1970s triggered a theory about sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) that has misled the medical world for 25 years. The book tells the story of Waneta Hoyt, an upstate New York woman convicted in 1995 of murdering her five children, one after another between 1965 and 1971.
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March 19, 1995 |
Elephant seals, the mysterious two-ton bellowing giants of the seal family, have rebounded from near extinction and are turning marine biology upside down. Their rule-breaking physiology could yield clues to everything from sudden infant death syndrome to immune system diseases and even sleep apnea. A flood of data from sophisticated new instruments has revealed elephant seals can descend a mile below the ocean surface, beating the sperm whale for the sea mammal deep-diving record.
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November 30, 1992 |
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.