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  1. Sleep Style Affects Kids' Sleep Apnea

    Nov. 21, 2005 -- Toddlers with sleep apnea may experience more respiratory problems while sleeping on their backs, compared with other body positions. That's the finding of a small study of toddlers with sleep apnea. A larger study may be needed to check the results, the researchers note. Meanwhile,

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  2. New Stroke Risk Factor: Sleep Apnea

    Nov. 9, 2005 -- Sleep apnea can cause fatal strokes, a new study shows. As many as one in four men and one in 10 women have obstructive sleep apnea -- abnormal breathing in which the throat closes over and over again during sleep. In its mild forms, it causes industrial-strength snoring. As it becom

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  3. Implants Help Snorer's Sleep

    Sept. 22, 2005 -- A new approach to treating snoring and sleep apnea may finally give many patients what they long for most -- a good night's sleep. There are a range of effective treatments for sleep apnea and snoring, but patients often find them unacceptable, either because they are uncomfortable

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  4. Treatment for Sleep Apnea May Ease Depression

    Sept. 12, 2005 -- People with obstructive sleep apnea often show signs of depression, and treatment that prevents snoring and breathing disruptions may help, new research shows. According to the national sleep foundation, obstructive sleep apnea is a disorder in which breathing is briefly and repeat

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  5. Sleep Apnea Affects Sexuality, Intimacy

    May 25, 2005 (San Diego) -- Patients who are treated for their sleep apnea may see an improvement their sex lives. "It could be that they are less tired once the sleep apnea is being treated," says Terri E. Weaver, RN, PhD, associate professor and chairwoman of the biobehavioral and health sciences

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  6. Sleep Apnea Makes Wee Hours Sudden-Death Time

    March 23, 2005 -- Nightmare time comes in the wee hours of the morning for people with obstructive sleep apnea. But it's no dream: That's when they're at highest risk of sudden death. For most people, sudden death from heart attack is least likely from midnight until 6 a.m. Obstructive sleep apnea t

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  7. Sleep Apnea Can Constantly Wake You

    Feb. 4, 2004 -- People with sleep apnea may be getting even less sleep than they think. During sleep-disordered breathing, a person's airway closes during the night. These breathing pauses -- called sleep apnea -- mean waking many times during the night. That's bad enough. But now it looks as though

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  8. Unusual Remedy Helps Sleep Apnea

    Nov. 19, 2003 -- Sleep apnea sufferers may benefit from the main ingredient in a poisonous African bean. The drug is called physostigmine. It's the main ingredient of the deadly Calabar bean, once used in Africa in trial-by-ordeal rituals. Physostigmine is used as an antidote for organophosphate poi

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  9. Surgery Proves Effective for Sleep Apnea

    Sept. 19, 2003 -- New research suggests that surgery is an effective, and too often overlooked, treatment for many people with sleep apnea. Sleep apnea occurs when the airway repeatedly becomes blocked during sleep, causing breathing to stop for 10 seconds or longer, sometimes hundreds of times a ni

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  10. Mouth Devices Treat Sleep Apnea Well

    July 16, 2003 -- Untreated sleep apnea can result in dangerous daytime sleepiness, not to mention high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. Though an effective treatment is available, called continuous positive air pressure (CPAP), roughly half of patients find the CPAP masks to be too uncomfor

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