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Losing Tongue Fat Improves Sleep Apnoea

Losing Tongue Fat Improves Sleep Apnoea

Doctors already know that weight loss can be an effective treatment for improving sleep apnoea, although the reasons for this have remained unclear. Now, new research has uncovered that a reduction in tongue fat is the key to why fat loss helps in instances of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). MRI reveals how a reduction in tongue fat lessens the severity of OSA A team of researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania carried out a study where they measured the impact of weight loss on the upper airway, using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), collecting data...

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Compliance with CPAP therapy may help prevent cardiovascular complications

Compliance with CPAP therapy may help prevent cardiovascular complications

Results show that there was a significant reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressures among sleep apnea patients who were compliant with CPAP therapy for three months. Successful treatment of sleep apnea also was associated with decreased vascular tone and arterial stiffness. Following one week of treatment withdrawal, these improvements disappeared and reverted to baseline values.  "We were surprised by the very rapid improvements in arterial tone, seen as early as four weeks into treatment, and how quickly they reversed after only a few days of treatment withdrawal," said principal investigator Claudia Korcarz, DVM, RDCS, manager and senior scientist at...

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Simple Actions by Healthcare Professionals Can Increase CPAP Adherence

Simple Actions by Healthcare Professionals Can Increase CPAP Adherence

A new study of the challenges and burdens faced by CPAP users reports that successful patient adherence to CPAP therapy requires new, personalized patterns of behavior incorporating physical, psychological, and cognitive adaptations. The study was conducted by research scientists from the Regenstrief Institute, Richard M. Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). “Telling patients they should exercise more or go on a diet is not a prescription for success, and neither is just handing them a CPAP machine with basic use instructions,” says Regenstrief Institute research scientist Edward Miech, EdD, who led the new study,...

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