November 11, 2002 |
Gary Stewart never had trouble falling asleep, but he seldom felt rested, even after a full night's sleep. Then there was the nightly racket of his snoring. Stewart sought treatment late last year after adding 45 pounds to his 230-pound frame. The extra weight further constricted his breathing passages and made it even more difficult to get a restful sleep. His worsening condition left him sluggish, sleepy and depressed.
August 26, 2002 |
Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes a person to stop breathing several times an hour during sleep. Though an estimated 18 million adults are thought to have the condition, it is often overlooked in children. But it is not uncommon. The American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that 2% of children experience sleep apnea, most commonly during the preschool years.
August 12, 2002 |
Studies have shown that people with sleep apnea are at risk for a host of chronic health problems, including cardiovascular disease. But whether sleep apnea--a temporary disruption of breathing during sleep--actually leads to the more serious health problem has not been investigated. Now Swedish researchers who followed a group of 182 men with the breathing disorder found that at least one cardiovascular problem occurred in about a third of them during a seven-year period.
April 1, 2002 |
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.
April 8, 2001 |
The most recent federal statistics available show that truck drivers continue to lead other professions by a wide margin in the number of injuries and illnesses that result in lost workdays. Most experts attribute the truck accident problem to driver fatigue, primarily on long haul routes. A nearly four-decade-old federal regulation known as the "Hours of Service" rule still allows truckers to drive 10 hours before taking an eight-hour rest break.
February 26, 2001 |
It was bad enough that firefighter Doug Whalen's snoring made him persona non grata in his bedroom. But when the guys at the firehouse kicked him out of the bunk room and made him move his cot behind the firetruck in the bay, the Newington, Conn., man really began to feel self-conscious. Whalen is among 40 million people in the United States--and an untold number of their sleep partners--vexed by habitual snoring.
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May 19, 2000 |
If you snore loudly, Glendale Adventist Medical Center wants to listen. The hospital is inviting noisemakers to submit audio or video tapes of themselves roaring, snorting, wheezing and gasping in their sleep. The snorer with the most range will win two free medical visits, a night in the facility's Sleep Disorders Center (giving his spouse a much-needed break) and equipment to help deal with the problem.
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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.
August 17, 1998
A drug designed to prevent the potentially fatal accumulation of iron in people who need repeated blood transfusions may not work as well as it should, doctors warn in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine. The drug is deferiprone, made by Apotex Inc. of Weston, Canada. It has been approved for use in India but is still regarded as experimental in the United States and many other countries.