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The latest on all issues affecting sleep technologists, including trends, insights, tips and more.

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narcolepsy | cataplexy | puberty

Narcolepsy-Cataplexy and Precocious Puberty May Be Linked

By: Regina Patrick, RPSGT
July 23rd, 2020

Scientists have noted that children with narcolepsy-cataplexy have an increased prevalence of overweight/obesity. More recent studies have linked narcolepsy-cataplexy with precocious puberty, and have indicated that the earlier the onset of narcolepsy-cataplexy in a child, the greater the risk of precocious puberty. Weight loss can occur after treating narcolepsy-cataplexy in children, but the extent that treating narcolepsy-cataplexy can reverse precocious puberty has not been examined in depth. Exactly how narcolepsy and precocious puberty are related is unclear but research studies have produced some interesting findings.

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narcolepsy | aasm | sleep apnea

Confessions of a Sleep Heretic

By: Richard Rosenberg, PhD
June 28th, 2018

During my site visiting years, I spent a considerable amount of time on planes reading accreditation applications. One thing that always puzzled me was that many centers included high and low ranges for sleep stages as a percentage of total sleep time. Despite the fact that my site visiting hit its peak in 2010, I think these numbers usually came from the 1974 opus by Williams, Karacan and Hirsch, which appears to be out of print. Patients with inadequate Stage 3 or excessive REM were branded as abnormal. But abnormal how?

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AAST CCSH Workshop

Save the Date: AAST 2020 CCSH Workshop

Designed for health professionals who work directly with sleep medicine patients, families and other healthcare practitioners to coordinate and manage patient care and improve outcomes

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narcolepsy

Free CEC Opportunity from The Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine and the AAST

By: Rita Brooks
February 23rd, 2017

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