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Tired All The Time? Get Checked For Sleep Apnea

January 2, 2014

MD Now® Readies for Onslaught of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Exams

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Kristine Yaffe of the University of California, San Francisco and colleagues gave an overnight sleep apnea test to 298 women without dementia, who were an average of 82 years old. The test looks for changes in breathing and oxygen flow during the night, as well as for the short, frequent breaks in sleep that are signs of sleep apnea. Just over a third of the women had sleep apnea -- which is especially common in older, overweight people. About five years later, the researchers brought those same women in for a set of thinking and memory tests, and doctors evaluated any of the women who showed signs of memory decline. In total, a little over a third (36 percent) of the women were diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment or dementia. Among women who had shown signs of sleep apnea on their overnight tests five years earlier, 45 percent had developed thinking and memory problems, compared to 31 percent of women who didn't have sleep problems.
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Sleep Apnea May Be Deadly

In the study, researchers followed more than 1,500 adults for 18 years who had been screened for sleep apnea at the start of the study. The results showed that about 19% of those with severe sleep apnea died during the follow-up period compared with only 4% of those without sleep apnea. Researchers found the risk of premature death increased as the severity of sleep apnea increased, but findings suggested protection from risk of death with proper treatment of sleep apnea, such as the use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) to keep airways open during sleep and prevent pauses in breathing. When those who used CPAP regularly to treat their sleep apnea were excluded from the analysis, the risk of death was 3.8 times greater for those with for untreated sleep apnea. "I was surprised by how much the risks increased when we excluded people who reported treatment with CPAP," researcher Terry Young, PhD, professor of epidemiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, says in a news release. "Our findings suggest -- but cannot prove -- that people diagnosed with sleep apnea should be treated, and if CPAP is the prescribed treatment, regular use may prevent premature death." Sleep Apnea and Other Causes of Fatigue Sleep Apnea Death Risk In the study, published in Sleep, researchers followed a random sample of 1,522 men and women between the ages of 30 and 60 who participated in the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort Study. The participants spent one night at a sleep laboratory under observation and were screened for sleep apnea. Those diagnosed with sleep apnea were divided into groups according to the severity of their condition, as defined by the average number of breathing pauses and sleep disruptions during sleep.
For the source article please visit the following link - http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/sleep-apnea/news/20080801/sleep-apnea-may-be-deadly

Sleep apnea linked to memory decline, dementia

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131218/FL34999LOGO ) A recent Metro-North Railroad derailment in the Bronx earlier this month brought to light the need for such testing. A veteran engineer admitted nodding off while operating the speeding train and woke up too late to stop the crash that killed four people and injured dozens. According to a study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania and sponsored by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the American Transportation Research Institute of the American Trucking Association, a shocking one-third of commercial truck drivers have mild to severe sleep apnea. "At times, there are many commercial drivers who are on the road and away from their primary physician when licenses need renewing," explained Peter Lamelas, M.D., Medical Director for MD Now Urgent Care. "Urgent care centers like MD Now, with physicians who are certified Medical Examiners by the FMCSA can step in to help these drivers with their DOT physical exams." In 2012, the FMCSA established the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME). This program provides new requirements for healthcare professionals who perform the CDL qualifying exams for truck and bus drivers. By May 21, 2014, all examiners must be certified and listed on FMCSA's National Registry to conduct such exams for commercial drivers. About MD Now Urgent Care Centers MD NOW Urgent Care Walk-In Medical Centers,the leading provider of urgent care medical services in Palm Beach,Broward& Miami-Dade County, Florida, offeringurgent care, primary care, occupational medicine, physical therapyand comprehensive healthcare services. MD NOW Urgent Care has multipleconvenient locations, open from 8 a.m.
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