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By: Tamara Sellman on April 10th, 2017

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: April 10, 2017

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CULTURE WATCH

"Diabetes Control More Difficult for Night Shift Workers
SLEEP REVIEW
April 4, 2017

From the website:People with type 2 diabetes have poorer control over their blood glucose levels when they work the night shift compared with those who work in the daytime or are unemployed, a study finds. The study results, presented Monday at the Endocrine Society’s 99th annual meeting in Orlando, Fla, showed that poor long-term glycemic, or blood sugar, control, was independent of what workers ate or any sleep problems they had."

Takeaway: It's likely you already know this, but if you're newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes or insulin resistance... listen up.

INDUSTRY WATCH

"Is mHealth an Opportunity or Threat to Medical Laboratories and Pathology Groups? " 
DARK DAILY
April 5, 2017 

From the forum post: "[B]y using point-of-care testing devices, algorithms, and cloud computing, innovative mHealth (mobile healthcare) solutions are expected to enable physicians to perform tests in near-patient settings and receive answers in just a few minutes. Faster speed to result is a major benefit. Add accuracy that’s comparable to clinical laboratory testing, and it’s easy to see why mHealth solutions will be desirable. But do they work?"

Takeaway: The article correctly points out that devices cannot offer the compassionate care that human beings can. However,  it appears that these new technologies and their speed and lower cost aren't just concerning for those who work in sleep laboratories, but for many other technicians working in diagnostic labs along the healthcare spectrum.

TREND WATCH

"Urine test may be able to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea in children with Down syndrome" 
MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL via EUREKALERT!
April 6, 2017

From the press release: “Testing for urinary biomarkers may reduce need for expensive and uncomfortable sleep studies.”

Takeaway: Following on the heels of last week's post from Dr. Rosenberg about the potential elimination of nocturnal PSG, this may equally threaten the future of our trade. If insurance companies and doctors both find the accuracy of this urine test good enough for diagnosing sleep apnea patients (beyond those with Down syndrome), then the chances are good they will opt for this before an overnight study. 

TECHNOLOGY WATCH

"The Best CPAP Machines of 2017" 
THE SLEEP ZONE
March 30, 2017

From the blog (for CheapCPAPSupplies.com):If you’re in the market for a new CPAP machine, you may be feeling a bit frustrated about trying to narrow down your search. ... Just check out the list below to find the CPAP machine that best meets your needs.

Takeaway: What do you think? Would you choose these machines if you were a patient? Why or why not?

PHARMA WATCH

" Use of antipsychotics for child, youth insomnia rises" 
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
April 6, 2017

From the website:Seroquel, an antipsychotic drug intended to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, is being used at increasing rates to treat insomnia in children and youth between the ages of five and 24.

Takeaway: Though this research was only conducted in the Canadian province of Manitoba, it probably isn't far too different from practices in other provinces, as well as in the States. Sleep techs everywhere, who are working with the pediatric population, are reminded to record all the medications their patients are using to ensure there aren't adverse side effects that include insomnia.

HEALTH LITERACY WATCH

"What happens if you don't sleep for 24 hours? You're basically drunk" 
USA TODAY
March 22, 2017

From the website:For college students, new parents and employees dogged by deadlines, the all-nighter is nothing new. But going without sleep leaves you basically drunk, putting you at the equivalent of a .1% blood alcohol content as you drive to work, make decisions and interact with others.”

Takeaway: This might be a good article to download, print and share with patients if they don't believe they are impaired by sleep deprivation... especially if they're new parents, people who work odd hours, or college students.

LEGISLATION WATCH

"Supreme Court will not hear driver’s appeal of sleep apnea treatment ruling for Crete" 
THETRUCKER.com
April 6, 2017

From the website: "The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal filed by former Crete Carrier Corp. driver Robert J. Parker against the Lincoln, Nebraska-based motor carrier. The April 3 decision upholds an Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that Crete, one of the largest privately-owned trucking companies in the U.S., did not act improperly by requiring drivers with a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or more to undergo sleep apnea testing and treatment, clearing the way for companies nationwide to enforce such policies.

Takeaway: This bodes well for any future legislation on drowsy driving as it relates to potential future mandatory sleep apnea testing for commercial drivers. 

 


BIO:  Tamara Sellman RPSGT, CCSH curates the sleep health information clearinghouse, SleepyHeadCENTRAL, where she follows sleep health news headlines daily. She is also Web Consultant for the American Sleep Apnea Association, writes MS-related columns for two medical publishers, and contributes as a freelance writer to AAST’s magazine, A2Zzz, and other places.


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