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By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH on August 11th, 2020

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: August 11, 2020

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ATS Assembly on Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology
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Journal Club webinar

August 2, 2020
[Free access to article for discussion: "Restoring Pulmonary
and Sleep Services as the COVID-19 Pandemic Lessens:
From an Association of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep
Division Directors and American Thoracic Society-coordinated
Task Force. Discussion will focus on restoring sleep services.]

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Sleep Disorders & Neurodegeneration in Traumatic Brain Injury Patients: Could Sleep Care Mitigate Risks?
August 5, 2020

From the article: “Any kind of synaptic activity in the brain will generate some byproducts. These byproducts can be normal. But when they are not cleared from the brain during sleep, they build up and are thought to cause neurodegenerative disease, which is prevalent in war veterans with traumatic brain injury.

Takeaway: Levels of two "byproducts"—neurofilament light chains and tau proteins—may ultimately be what predicts dementia and Alzheimer's disease in the future, especially within the context of chronic sleep disruption. 


Mikey North health: Corrie star on his ‘horrendous’ and potentially dangerous disorder
August 8, 2020

From the article: “Revealing to stand-in host Rochelle Humes, Mikey said: 'I’m a really bad sleepwalker. Horrendous. …I’ve been known to leave the house. I’ve been known to try and let myself in next door in my pants. I’ve woken up on the street with my duvet. So, if you live on my street watch out. I’m coming for you next.'

Takeaway: Is it just me, or is that creepy? 


New CPAP Supplies Store Offers Online CPAP Prescriptions & Disposable At-Home Sleep Studies
August 5, 2020

From the press release: “Unlike most other online CPAP supply companies in the United States, cpapRX.com can offer secure, online CPAP prescription services and disposable at-home sleep studies because Dr. Yaish—a real, live, board-certified Sleep Specialist—is behind the scenes reviewing every prescription request, all sleep study results, and every purchase. cpapRX.com offers CPAP machines, masks, headgear, replacement tubing and filters, cleaning supplies, CPAP travel accessories and more from top CPAP manufacturers ResMed, Fisher & Paykel, SoClean, and Philips Respironics.

Takeaway: I have no words, so I'm just going to leave this here.


ResMed believes it has passed nadir in new patient flow
August 7, 2020

From the article: “While Germany is back up to 85% of its pre-COVID-19 sleep lab capacity and China is at 50%, the United States is likely somewhere in between, at an average of about 70%.

Takeaway: We'll need patience until we see more patients.


Telemedicine is booming — but many people still face huge barriers to virtual care
August 5, 2020

From the article: “'The temporary reform due to Covid allowed telemedicine visits from a patient’s home, but it presumed that patients had access to the technology to engage in those visits,' said Eric Roberts, a health policy researcher and at the University of Pittsburgh and a co-author of one of the papers. 'We’re showing that there’s a substantial number of Medicare beneficiaries who lack access to that technology.

Takeaway: The digital divide isn't just a challenge for underprivileged students during a pandemic.


Acetazolamide for Obstructive and Central Sleep Apnea: A Comprehensive Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
August 5, 2020

From the research study (PDF): “How efficacious is acetazolamide for sleep apnea, and is its effect modified by sleep apnea type or acetazolamide dose?

Takeaway: You'll have to log in to this study through a hospital or universe access portal, as it's behind a paywall otherwise, but it's worth searching out the data. Using a medication to treat sleep apnea is somewhat of a holy grail for researchers, and breaking down applications by sleep apnea form is a useful way to look at this potential therapy approach.


Detroit has second-highest levels of light pollution in the U.S., and highest percentage of people getting less than 7 hours of sleep each night
August 7, 2020

From the article: “When it comes to high levels of light pollution, Detroit was surpassed only by the nation's capitol of Washington, D.C. …The researchers used a combination of data from lightpollutionmap.info, the CDC’s 500 Cities Project, and a survey of nearly 1,000 people.

Takeaway: Some interesting findings here. I would want to see a more scientific investigation to confirm these findings, but honestly, we don't need to spend a lot of time and money on research to know that light pollution is a problem across many of our largest cities. 


No fireworks after 10 p.m.: City Council amends ordinance to align with noise laws
August 4, 2020

From the article: “Council member Carol Lewis introduced the proposed ordinance change July 6, citing late-night fireworks causing nuisances on the southeast side from Memorial Day well past the Fourth of July. …Lewis said she's received complaints from residents who state the fireworks, which often are booming until 2 a.m. or 3 a.m., are affecting their sleep and giving animals anxiety. …'It has been a real problem. I just can't underscore that enough,' she said.

Takeaway: I'm all in on this one. People (and pets) need their sleep!


BIO:  AAST blog columnist 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 sleep-related columns for multiple chronic illness patient advocacy publishers and apps, and contributes the Journal Club continued education presentations for the AAST. You might occasionally see her work in A2Zzz as well. She can be reached at sleepyheadcentral@gmail.com.