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Did Justice Scalia Die from Sleep Apnea?

U.S. Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia's hotel room the night of his death on Feb. 13 in Texas reflected this obsession with detail. According to a sheriff's report obtained by The Washington Post this week, he was lying in bed with his arms at his side and his bed covers smooth. Nearby was his suitcase, [...]

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Vitamin D Deficiency & Sleep Apnea - a Study

A study published in the February 2016 issue of SLEEP journal found that Serum Vitamin D is inversely associated with disease severity in Caucasian adults with Obstructive Sleep Apnea SyndromeThis was a cross-sectional study conducted at an urban, clinical sleep medicine outpatient center. 106 adults (77 male; median age = 54.5; median BMI = 34.3 kg/m2) resident [...]

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Diabetic Kidney Disease May Get Worse with Untreated Sleep Apnea

"Why are my blood sugars high in the morning? I don't eat much at bedtime either," my patients have often complained. Well, when you stop breathing repeatedly at night, your stress hormones go through the roof, and that causes your blood sugars to be high. These elevations in blood sugars can cause numerous long-term complications.Now, a [...]

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You Can't Take a Vacation from Sleep Apnea from HuffPuost

Traveling with your therapy equipment - a few tips from Dr. Ojile's HuffPost BlogBe sure to bring the prescription for your CPAP device with you.CPAP machines do not count as one of your carry-on items for airline travel because they are considered medical devices under the Americans with Disabilities Act, so feel free to bring your [...]

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CPAP Reduces Congestive Heart Failure Exacerbations - a Study

Wearing CPAP every night can be a challenge for some patients, but a recent study published in The American Journal of Cardiology gives you a one more reason to be compliant with your CPAP therapy."Our research showed that early recognition and treatment of patients hospitalized with decompensated congestive heart failure is associated with a reduction [...]

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Apple iOS 9.3 Might Help You Sleep Better | PC Mag

There's been a lot of talk about how our devices are disrupting sleep thanks to the blue light they emit. To combat this phenomenon, Amazon recently added "Blue Shade" to its Fire tablets, while Google added "Night Light" to the Google Play books app. Now Apple is following suit on iOS.Apple iOS 9.3 includes something [...]

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I Sleep with my Face Buried in Pillow. Can I Still Use #CPAP?

We get that question often. “I sleep on stomach with face buried in a pillow. How can I use CPAP?” I reassure them that we do have quite a few patients, who use CPAP religiously despite their habit of sleeping prone.We also remind them that the CPAP masks and cannula are stiff enough that the [...]

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"I Threw My Father's CPAP Away..."

"... almost!" a patient in his late 40s vented out his frustration about his father, who had recently started using CPAP for his sleep apnea. Surprised by this unusual outburst, I just looked on waiting for him to elaborate. "I used to visit him every week. He used to doze off in the recliner when I would [...]

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A 13-year-Old CPAP Machine Still Works & Looks Fabulous!

A man in his 70s brought this 13-year-old CPAP machine to his follow-up visit at the Clinic and it looked great. Even better, it works well too. I offered him a newer, quieter, self-titrating CPAP, but he declined, "If the old car is working, why buy a new one?" Besides teaching me the values of simple [...]

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Why I Prefer Meditation Over a Nap | Yatin J. Patel

All my life, I have taken naps to fight off those deadly afternoon lulls. I have encouraged my staff to do the same in the nap room at our clinic. The studies indeed have shown that a 15 minutes nap can give alertness lasting for about 165 minutes. Lately, though, I have been meditating instead [...]

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