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  1. Sleep Apnea Linked to Silent Strokes

    Feb. 1, 2012 -- A common sleep disorder is associated with an increased risk of symptomless but serious strokes called “silent strokes,” German researchers report. Sleep apnea, a condition marked by periodic interruptions in breathing during sleep, has been linked to an increased risk of strokes. Bu

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  2. Treating Women's Sleep Apnea May Lower Heart Death Risk

    Jan. 16, 2012 -- Machines that help keep the airways open during sleep may be lifesaving devices for women with severe sleep apnea, a new study suggests. People who have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) stop breathing many times during the night. It is much more common in men than in women. The struggl

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  3. Sleep Apnea Affects Blood Vessels

    July 11, 2011 -- A common sleep disorder may affect the blood vessels responsible for supplying blood to the heart, raising the risk of heart disease in otherwise healthy people. A new study is the first to show blood vessel abnormalities in otherwise healthy people with obstructive sleep apnea, a c

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  4. Weight Loss May Improve Sleep Apnea

    June 1, 2011 -- Weight loss is an effective long-term treatment for patients with sleep apnea who are overweight or obese, a study shows. Obesity is a major risk factor for obstructive sleep apnea, which is a serious sleep disorder that causes people to stop breathing for short periods repeatedly --

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  5. 5 Ways to Live With Your CPAP Machine

    Your doctor has told you that you need to use a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine while you’re sleeping to treat your obstructive sleep apnea. If you’re like most people who receive this news, you’ve got mixed feelings about it. "Most people are not thrilled," says Meir Kryger, MD,

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  6. Clues You Might Have Obstructive Sleep Apnea

    Do you wake up in the morning with a headache, feeling just as tired as when you went to sleep? Has your spouse moved to the room next door, exhausted by listening to you snore, gasp, and choke every night? If so, you may have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) -- a condition where the upper passages of

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  7. CPAP Treatment for Sleep Apnea Fights Fatigue

    Jan. 3, 2011 -- A common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may have the added benefits of fighting fatigue and increasing energy as well as helping people sleep better. A new study shows that use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) decreased fatigue and increased energy in people

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  8. Sleep Apnea Machine May Cause Facial Changes

    Oct. 5, 2010 -- Repeated use of nasal continuous positive airway pressure (nCPAP) machines to treat obstructive sleep apnea may have some side effects on facial structure, a study shows. But researchers did not report any permanent damage to the face from the machines. Researchers at Kyushu Universi

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  9. CPAP Restores Brain Tissue in Sleep Apnea Patients

    June 7, 2010 -- People with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may be able to increase the volume of gray matter in their brains by undergoing continuous positive airway pressure therapy, also known as CPAP, new research indicates. Researchers in Italy, in a study involving 17 patients with obstructive s

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  10. Recreational Drug Ecstasy Linked to Sleep Apnea

    Dec. 2, 2009 -- Recreational users of the drug ecstasy may be putting themselves at risk of sleep apnea, a new study suggests. The researchers, lead by study author Una McCann, MD, of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, say ecstasy also has been linked to cognitive problems. Sleep apn

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