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By: Tamara Sellman on May 7th, 2019

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: May 7, 2019

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RESEARCH WATCH

Compliance after switching from CPAP to bilevel for patients with noncompliant OSA: big data analysis
BMJ
April 29, 2019

From the research study:  The aim of this retrospective study was to compare PAP therapy usage data of patients with non-compliant OSA (ncOSA) on CPAP/ APAP who were switched to bilevel PAP.

Takeaway: This research gives welcome support to the idea that switching PAP patients to a bilevel mode might be justified when PAP compliance is poor. 

CULTURE WATCH

Health care professionals who fast and celebrate the month of Ramadan
KEVIN MD
May 1, 2019

From the commentary: Check out the hashtag [#medinramadan, in Instagram] and get a glimpse into some of the nuanced emotions of the [Ramadan] month experienced by thousands of physicians in the country, as well as many more staff in other areas of health care. Join the ups of feeling more compassionate for humanity and more in tune with our spiritual selves, as well as the downs of being sleep deprived, hungry, thirsty, and facing demanding physical challenges.” 

Takeaway: Great insights into this Muslim holy practice this May, specifically among our peers in healthcare. 

TREND WATCH

PCORI Grant Helps ATA Expand Telehealth Implementation Research
mHEALTH INTELLIGENCE
April 26, 2019

From the article: “The American Telemedicine Association is getting a $50,000 grant to further develop its Telehealth Research Dissemination Forum, which will take place this June in Washington DC.

Takeaway: Slowly, but surely, telehealth is becoming a reality in the healthcare landscape. 

INDUSTRY WATCH

Disaster Relief Funds Aid Sleep Center Recovery
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF SLEEP MEDICINE
May 3, 2019

From the blog: The AASM Foundation Disaster Relief Fund was established in 2005 through the donations of AASM members, industry and the AASM. These funds are intended to aid sleep centers that have lost their ability to operate and provide patient care due to damages to their facilities in the wake of natural disasters. …If your sleep center has recently been affected by natural disasters and you need financial assistance, complete and submit the Disaster Relief Fund application for consideration of funding. Please note that these funds are limited to accredited sleep centers.

Takeaway: It's become an annual concern. Don't hesitate to seek help if your clinic becomes the target of a natural disaster. 

TECHNOLOGY WATCH

mHealth Researchers Use Radar to Measure Heart, Breathing Patterns
mHEALTH INTELLIGENCE
April 29, 2019

From the article: Researchers at the University of Waterloo say a telehealth device smaller than a smartphone uses radar to track breathing and heart rate during sleep, giving providers an unobtrusive remote patient monitoring platform.

Takeaway: It's unclear whether wireless EEG is part of the design, but if not, it might be a goal for the future. 

PHARMA WATCH

Eisai and Purdue Pharma Announce Buy Out of Purdue's Rights in Worldwide Collaboration to Develop and Commercialize Lemborexant
PR NEWSWIRE
April 30, 2019

From the press release: Eisai Inc. and Purdue Pharma L.P. today announced that Eisai will buy out Purdue's rights to the worldwide collaboration for the development and commercialization of lemborexant, an investigational sleep-wake regulation agent being studied for the treatment of multiple sleep-wake disorders, including insomnia and irregular sleep-wake rhythm disorder (ISWRD) in patients with Alzheimer's Disease.” 

Takeaway: It's interesting how treatments for sleep disorders often occur or are developed as the result of research into treatments for comorbidities.  

HEALTH LITERACY WATCH

Getting employees up to speed with health literacy
JA BENEFITS
April 23, 2019

From the blog: “[Sleep]: We all want employees to get enough of it, but do they know how? They may not know little bits of information that could help them get more shuteye, like there is a night shift setting on their iPhone or that energy-efficient light bulbs contribute to insomnia.” 

Takeaway: The workplace may be the best place to teach sleep health literacy, and businesses certainly have a stake in healthy employees. 

LEGAL WATCH

New Warnings for Common Sleep Meds: FDA worries that current labels weren't emphatic enough about dangerous side effects
MEDPAGE TODAY
April 30, 2019

From the article: Currently, warnings about so-called complex behaviors associated with these medications are buried in section 5.4 of the single-spaced, small-print drug label. Such behaviors include driving, preparing foods, having sex, and making phone calls while not fully awake.” 

Takeaway: They're mostly taking zolpidem (Ambien) and eszopiclone (Lunesta) to task for contributing to dangerous side effects like "sleep driving." 


BIO:  Tamara Sellman RPSGT, CCSH curates the sleep health information clearinghouse, SleepyHeadCENTRAL, where she follows sleep health news headlines daily. She is also an independent sleep health journalist, writes MS-related columns for two medical publishers, and contributes as a freelance writer to AAST’s magazine, A2Zzz. She can be reached at sleepyheadcentral@gmail.com.