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Archive for the 'Sleep Apnea' Category

Playing a bassoon protects against sleep apnea

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Musicians who play this high-resistance woodwind instrument appear less likely to develop obstructive sleep apnea, according to this study reported during the meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies by researchers from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, in Texas. (more…)

Using education + music to treat sleep apnea

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Researchers from the University of Kansas, School of Nursing and Preventive Medicine, in Kansas City tell us, “As many as 50% of patients diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea stop adhering to the prescribed medical treatment of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) within 1 to 3 weeks.”

They tested the effects of music + patient education on adherence to CPAP. (more…)

Benefits of a very low energy diet in sleep apnea

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Apnea is a period of time during which breathing stops or is markedly reduced. The most common form is obstructive sleep apnea.

The researchers from the Karolinska Institutet, in Stockholm, Sweden report the results of their dietary treatment.


Key points about commonly used herbals

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

Dr. Darrell Hulisz from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio has written a continuing education article on herbals.

Here are the author’s take-away points, with additional references added. (more…)

Didgeridoo playing to treat obstructive sleep apnea

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

For the treatment of sleep apnea, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the most effective and widely used therapy.

Now, there’s the Didgeridoo. Read the second comment and watch the video to learn how it helps.

Dolly Parton has back pain

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

It’s so bad that she canceled her concert tour.

Here’s the state-of-the-art (not including pharmacology and surgery) for treating lower back pain (LBP) from the North American Spine Society. (more…)

Acupuncture for children

Monday, January 14th, 2008

Researchers from Los Angeles reviewed the literature and found acupuncture holds promise but,… surprise … more research is needed.

Here’s what we know today. (more…)

Cognitive behavioral therapy used to improve treatment of sleep apnea

Sunday, June 3rd, 2007

Sleep apnea occurs when people fail to breath while sleeping. Untreated, it can cause high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease, memory problems, weight gain, impotency, and headaches.

Continuous positive pressure breathing (CPAP) is effective treatment. But it’s uncomfortable to use (photo).

Now, a study shows that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) improves acceptance of CPAP. (more…)