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FDA Provides Update on Recalled Philips Machines

Reading Time: 2 minutes Earlier this year, Philips initiated a recall of certain ventilators, CPAP, and BiPAP machines due to potential health risks related to the foam used in the devices. The company states that this particular foam may break down and can result in serious injury, which can be life-threatening, cause permanent impairment and require medical intervention to prevent permanent injury to users. Now months later the FDA flagged another safety issue with the replacement foam. Philips chose to replace the PE-PUR foam with a silicone-based foam, and the FDA originally approved the plan based on testing provided by Philips. But the FDA...

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How can I test myself for sleep apnea?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Sleep apnea is a common condition that causes you to stop breathing for short intervals while you sleep. If left untreated, it can have significant health effects over the long term. This resource helps you identify the common symptoms of sleep apnea. It also helps you understand your risk factors for this chronic disease. A self-assessment will help while discussing your sleep apnea risk with your health care provider. The following questions will help you assess your risk for sleep apnea: 1. Do you experience any of these problems? Daytime sleepiness Unrefreshing sleep Fatigue Insomnia 2. Do you ever wake from sleep with a choking sound or gasping...

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Sleep apnea and stroke

Reading Time: 4 minutes Sleep apnea is a sleep condition in which abnormal breathing patterns occur during sleep. Those who are living with sleep apnea can have multiple extended pauses in their breath while they’re asleep. These lapses in breathing can lead to lower quality sleep and affect the body’s supply of oxygen which can have potentially serious health consequences. In the United States, it is one of the most common forms of sleep disorders, affecting both children, adults, and people of both sexes, though it is most common in men.  It’s estimated that between 2-9% of adults suffer from sleep apnea, though it...

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What happens if sleep apnea is left untreated?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Sleep apnea is a sleep condition in which abnormal breathing patterns occur during sleep. Those who are living with sleep apnea can have multiple extended pauses in their breath while they’re asleep. These lapses in breathing can lead to lower quality sleep and affect the body’s supply of oxygen which can have potentially serious health consequences. In the United States, it is one of the most common forms of sleep disorders, affecting both children, adults, and people of both sexes, though it is most common in men.  It’s estimated that between 2-9% of adults suffer from sleep apnea, though it...

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What If I Can’t Sleep During A Sleep Study?

Reading Time: 4 minutes What Is A Sleep Study & How Does It Work? A polysomnography (commonly called a sleep study) is a testing process used by doctors and physicians to diagnose their patients who have shown signs of sustaining a sleeping disorder. It can also be used to continually see progress in a patient’s sleeping patterns. This process involves the documentation of your brain waves, oxygen levels, breathing, and eye & leg movements while you sleep. This testing can be done at a hospital, sleep center, or at home depending on your specific circumstances. Dr. Fox can work with you at our Lemoyne,...

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Past president of AADSM discusses oral sleep appliances in podcast

Reading Time: < 1 minute Dr. Nancy Addy, a dentist and past president of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, was recently interviewed on NPR’s Cool Science Radio on the topic of “New Treatments for Sleep Apnea.” Dr. Addy talks with the hosts of the show about the science of sleep apnea, and how those cumbersome and noisy CPAP machines are starting to be replaced by a simple oral device. 22-million Americans suffer from sleep apnea and if you’re one of them, or if you share a bed with one of them, you’ll definitely want to listen in. Listen to the podcast at the...

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Millions of Sleep Apnea CPAP Machines, Ventilators Voluntarily Recalled by Philips

Reading Time: 3 minutes Philips issued a voluntary recall for millions of its sleep apnea machines and life-sustaining ventilators after it found that foam used in the breathing devices may degrade into particles and be ingested or inhaled by users. Philips says they will continue to monitor reports of potential safety issues as required by medical device regulations and laws in the markets in which it operates. The foam may also give off chemical emissions. Exposure to foam particles or emissions is potentially toxic, the manufacturer said and may cause cancer, among other health risks. To date, there have been no reports of death as a...

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Chronic Fatigue and Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Reading Time: 5 minutes What is sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is a sleep condition in which abnormal breathing patterns occur during sleep. Those who are living with sleep apnea can have multiple extended pauses in their breath while they’re asleep. These lapses in breathing can lead to lower quality sleep and affect the body’s supply of oxygen which can have potentially serious health consequences. In the United States, it is one of the most common forms of sleep disorders, affecting both children, adults, and people of both sexes, though it is most common in men.  It’s estimated that between 2-9% of adults suffer from...

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AASM study finds high risk of sleep apnea in young veterans with PTSD

Reading Time: 2 minutes According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), a study of young U.S. veterans shows that the probability of having a high risk of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) increased with increasing severity of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. The study involved 195 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who visited a VA outpatient PTSD clinic for evaluation. Results show that 69.2% of participants had a high risk for sleep apnea, and this risk increased with PTSD symptom severity. 93% of study participants were men, and their mean age was 33 years. Every clinically significant increase in PTSD symptom severity was associated...

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The Impact of Drowsy Driving

Reading Time: 3 minutes Drowsy driving poses a serious risk not only for one’s own health and safety, but also for the other people on the road. Being drowsy affects your ability to drive safely even if you don’t actually fall asleep at the wheel. Drowsiness makes drivers less attentive, slows reaction time, and affects a driver’s ability to make decisions. According to the National Sleep Foundation, about half of U.S. adult drivers admit to consistently getting behind the wheel while feeling drowsy. About 20% admit to falling asleep behind the wheel at some point in the past year – with more than 40% admitting this has happened...

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