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By: Tamara Sellman on September 5th, 2017

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: September 5, 2017

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CULTURE WATCH

"Is ADHD really a sleep problem?"
SLEEP JUNKIES
September 3, 2017 

From the blog:Around 75% of children and adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) also have sleep problems, but until now these have been thought to be separate issues. …Scientists are proposing of a new theory which says that much of ADHD may in fact be a problem associated with lack of regular circadian sleep.”

Takeaway:  Really good information connecting ADHD symptoms with circadian disruptions that could be useful to keep on hand for parents who are struggling with children who have poor sleep and/or school-related behavior problems.

INDUSTRY WATCH

"Now Accepting Applications to be a 2017-2018 Youth Ambassador"
NARCOLEPSY NETWORK
August 31, 2017 

From the website:This is a national program designed to train promising young members of NN to advocate for people with narcolepsy.”

Takeaway: Note that applications for Youth Ambassador must be submitted online by Friday September 8 (this Friday). Training for the program happens just prior to the Narcolepsy Network annual conference on Friday October 27, which takes place in Portland, OR. Scholarships for travel and expenses are available for chosen applicants who need them. 

TREND WATCH

"Is This Hi-Tech Diagnostic Tool the Final Frontier of Medicine?"
PATIENT WORTHY
August 31, 2017

From the blog: “This month Final Frontier Medical Devices, the team from Basil Leaf Technologies, presented DxtER, a home medical device that can test for 12 different ailments and track five major vital signs, non-invasively! No more drawing blood and taking trips to the doctor’s office.

Takeaway: Sleep techs may not be thrilled to discover a new technology that might quickly diagnose patients for sleep apnea, but technology that can reduce clinic visits, invasive procedures, and help monitor important data like blood pressure and O2 saturation is definitely a growing priority among patients who want medical care with fewer costs and obstacles.

TECHNOLOGY WATCH

"Is Your Sleep Tracker Wrecking Your Slumber? Dig It or Ditch It?"
RESTONIC
August 29, 2017

From the blog: “With sales of fitness trackers still soaring, you’d think that we’d all be sleeping better because of their sleep tracking features. That’s not the case for many.”

Takeaway: Some useful personal testing observations made by well-known sleep experts here.

PHARMA WATCH

"What You Need to Know About L-theanine"
PSYCHOLOGY TODAY
August 29, 2017

From the column: I often encourage my patients to drink tea. Black tea is a lower-caffeine alternative to coffee during the day, and decaffeinated tea can be a calming part of a nighttime power-down ritual before bed. In addition to its calming qualities, tea also contains compounds that deliver some real health benefits. One of those compounds? L-theanine.

Takeaway: Tea may strike you as a having too much caffeine in it to be useful as a relaxation agent, but Dr. Breus shows there are potential benefits when it comes to sleeping.

HEALTH LITERACY WATCH

"Do you know the signs of prescription-drug abuse?"
THE WEEK
August 29, 2017

From the article: “[O]pioid abuse—the signs of which include mood swings, changes in energy level, and confusion or poor judgment, among other things—can be relatively easy to hide from family and friends.”

Takeaway: This is true for healthcare professionals …we need to be on the alert for those among our own patient populations because the risks to sleep (and underlying conditions like sleep apnea) are far too great to ignore.

LEGISLATION WATCH

"MTA apnea testing “matter of life and death”"
LEGISLATIVE WATCH
AUGUST 31, 2017

From the article: “Assemblywoman Sandy Galef is supporting the MTA/Metro North’s initiative requiring that all train engineers undergo testing for sleep apnea, despite the federal government no longer making them mandatory.

Takeaway: Even if the federal government has dropped the ball on mandatory regulations regarding testing and treatment for sleep apnea among transportation workers, many regional and state leaders are stepping up to demand it them anyway in the name of public safety.


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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