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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Faulty Brain May Cause Sleep Apnea

    July 7, 2003 -- Sleep problems that plague millions of Americans may be caused by imbalances in brain chemistry, according to two new studies. It's the first evidence of this link -- and may point to a drug remedy for common sleep problems like sleep apnea, reports lead researcher Sid Gilman, MD, a

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  7. Drug Is Promising for Sleep Apnea

    June 5, 2003 -- The dream of finding an effective drug for a potentially life-threatening sleep disorder finally may be reality. The antidepressant Remeron significantly reduced sleep apnea symptoms in a small group of patients participating in a newly reported study. While taking the drug, all 12 p

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  8. Heart Patients Must Treat Sleep Apnea

    May 28, 2003 -- If you've had atrial fibrillation, find out if you also have sleep apnea. Why? Without proper treatment, sleep apnea is very likely to make your heart problems return. Atrial fibrillation is a dangerous condition in which the heart loses its rhythm and flutters wildly instead of beat

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  9. Treating Sleep Apnea Helps Heart Failure

    March 26, 2003 -- Targeting a common sleep disorder with treatment not only helps people with heart failure sleep better, it can make their hearts healthier. A new study shows that people who suffer from both congestive heart failure and obstructive sleep apnea can benefit from a nighttime therapy d

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  10. Air Blower Helps Sleep Apnea

    March 10, 2003 -- There's been doubt about whether the most common sleep apnea treatment -- a machine that gently blows air into the nose -- does any good. Now new research shows this treatment really can help. But the jury's still out on whether it helps mild cases of this troublesome sleep disorde

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