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Apnea Awareness in the News! RS

Here is a collection of articles published on Apnea around the internet to draw attention to this significant and often undiagnosed problem

Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014
Former Ravens OL Ryan Jensen diagnosed with severe sleep apnea
By cbssports
Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014 11:26

For full story click here

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Saturday, Aug 02, 2014
Making Sleep Apnea Personal
By American Sleep Apnea Association
Saturday, Aug 02, 2014 12:57

Making Sleep Apnea Personal

This is a picture of a person who suffers from sleep apnea. Almost everyone who has been diagnosed with sleep apnea has an instructive story to tell about what has happened since he or she came to terms with the disease. Here are some of those stories: (click to see article)

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Friday, Aug 01, 2014
Sleep Apnea: 7 Hidden Dangers
By WebMD
Friday, Aug 01, 2014 01:34

Snoring may seem comical, but obstructive sleep apnea is no joke. It can increase your risk of high blood pressure and diabetes -- and even make you more dangerous on the road.

These seven health problems are linked to obstructive sleep apnea: Click to see article

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Monday, Apr 14, 2014
Severe sleep apnea linked to increased risk of stroke, cancer, death
By Science Daily
Monday, Apr 14, 2014 04:12

Severe sleep apnea linked to increased risk of stroke, cancer, death

Date:
April 14, 2014
Source:
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Summary:
Moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea is independently associated with an increased risk of stroke, cancer and death. Results of the 20-year follow-up study show that people with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea were four times more likely to die (hazard ratio = 4.2), nearly four times more likely to have a stroke (HR = 3.7), three times more likely to die from cancer (HR = 3.4), and 2.5 times more likely to develop cancer. Results were adjusted for potential confounding factors such as body mass index, smoking status, total cholesterol and blood pressure.  Full Article

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Thursday, Jan 09, 2014
New sleep apnea treatment could help millions
By CBS News
Thursday, Jan 09, 2014 04:28

From CBS News

There is a new treatment for sleep apnea that could help millions of Americans get a good night's rest and avoid the dangerous long-term consequences of leaving the disorder untreated.

Some 18 million Americans suffer from the affliction. Those who have it experience drawing breath at night because the muscles in their neck relax during sleep, causing the airway to collapse. They snore, wake repeatedly, and never get a proper full night's sleep. This can lead to heart problems and other serious issues, even death. 

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Thursday, Oct 17, 2013
Anthony Bennett of Cleveland Cavaliers dealing with Sleep Apnea
By ESPN
Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 03:59

CLEVELAND -- Cavaliers rookie forward Anthony Bennett, the top pick in this year's NBA draft, has asthma and sleep apnea.

Cleveland coach Mike Brown revealed Bennett's conditions Thursday night before the Cavs hosted the Detroit Pistons in an exhibition game. Bennett's asthma was not widely known and obviously did not prevent the Cavs from taking the former UNLV star in June's draft.  Continue reading on ESPN.Go

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Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013
Why a Sleep Apnea Diagnosis May Save Your Life
By US News and World Report
Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 04:13

Yoni Freedhoff It's of the most underdiagnosed conditions around, and I'd argue that, in a sense, the diagnosis of sleep apnea is more a blessing than a curse.  For those who aren't familiar with sleep apnea, its most common form, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), causes sufferers to stop breathing periodically throughout the night, or breathe so shallowly that the oxygenation level of their blood plummets, leaving their bodies in an almost nightlong state of metabolic panic. See Full Article

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Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012
Reggie White
By Wikipedia
Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012 04:09

From Wikipedia:  On the morning of December 26, 2004, Reggie White, the former Green Bay Packer was rushed from his home in CorneliusNorth Carolina, to a nearby hospital in Huntersville, North Carolina, where he was pronounced dead. White had suffered a fatal cardiac arrhythmia. The most likely cause of this, according to the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner's Office, was the cardiac and pulmonary sarcoidosis with which he had lived for years.[29] It was also stated that sleep apnea, which White was known to suffer from,[30] may have contributed to his death.[31] His grave site is situated at Glenwood Memorial Park, Mooresville, North Carolina.[32]

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Monday, May 07, 2012
Pediatric Apnea
By MedScape
Monday, May 07, 2012 01:06

Apnea is defined by the cessation of respiratory airflow. The length of time necessary to be qualified as a true apneic event has changed dramatically over the last few decades: 2 minutes in 1956,[1] 1 minute in 1959,[2] 30 seconds in 1970,[3] and 20 seconds or shorter if associated with bradycardia or cyanosis in 1978.[4] The reduction of the duration in the definition of apnea reveals doctors’ desire to intervene early enough to avoid systemic consequences.

The 3 main categories of apnea are central, obstructive, and mixed. Central apnea is a result of inadequate medullary responsiveness and thus no or poor muscle coordination for breathing. Obstructive apnea is when there is an obstruction of the airway passages and therefore poor to no air exchange. Often times with obstructive apnea, there is a vigorous inspiratory effort but it is ineffective. Mixed apnea refers to an episode where combinations of both central and obstructive forces are involved. Click to see article

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