This Week in Sleep Medicine: August 27, 2019
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
Your media watchdog for headlines and trends
relevant to sleep technology and patient education.
WYWS will be taking time off over next week's holiday and will
return with the latest sleep news on Tuesday, September 10.
Restless legs syndrome nearly triples the risk of suicide and self-harm
August 23, 2019
From the article: “[U]ntil now experts thought [restless legs syndrome] was a purely physical condition. New research by Penn State University in the US suggests that it may be linked to mental health too. …Researchers looked at health records of nearly 170,000 people between 2006 and 2016, of which 24,179 suffered from restless legs syndrome. …None of the participants had attempted suicide or harmed themselves when the study began, but scientists found that those with RLS were 2.7 times more likely to have self-harmed or tried to kill themselves by the end of the research period.”
Takeaway: Here's one of the most important reasons why we need to take RLS very seriously in the sleep clinic.
Study links insomnia genes to heart disease, stroke risk
MEDICAL NEWS TODAY
August 22, 2019
From the article: “Scientists used data from more than 1.6 million people to link insomnia genes to a higher risk of heart disease and stroke but not atrial fibrillation.”
Takeaway: This is an interesting and easy-to-understand discussion about applying genetic markers in research.
SLEEP EDUCATION WATCH
A $1,500 drug that claims to cure jet lag has been held up by the FDA
August 19, 2019
From the article: “'Given Hetlioz's orphan pricing in Non-24, we had estimated the cost for 3 days of therapy for JLD would have been approximately ~$1,500, much higher than OTC and/or Rx sleep products which are typically used,' Derek Archila, an analyst at Stifel, told clients in a note Monday.”
Takeaway: Could be a potential casualty of the current drug pricing wars? Or maybe people are just willing to live with jet lag disorder and use the current options? Hard to say if the motives here are political or simply pragmatic.