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Case Reports

Alcohol, Insomnia Linked to Suicide

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Insomnia symptoms affect the risk of suicide among people who drink alcohol, according to a study led by the director of the Mississippi State University (MSU) Sleep, Suicide and Aging Laboratory.

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Best Practices

Split-Night Success

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For sleep techs, patient education and comprehensive planning are two keys to efficiently diagnosing and titrating patients in the same night.

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Sleep & Corporate Health, Part 1 of 3

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The first article in this series considers the current climate for corporate wellness and how sleep might best fit in this landscape. Sleep specialists will be interested to learn of innovations taking place outside the traditional medical care pathways—and what these changes might foreshadow for the field.

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Case Reports

Dental Clinicians’ Observations of Combination Therapy in PAP-Intolerant Patients

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Based on the experiences of four highly experienced dental sleep practices, this pilot study sought to determine whether combination therapy, in which a PAP interface and mandibular advancement splint are physically connected, may provide a more acceptable therapeutic modality in obstructive sleep apnea patients who have abandoned conventional PAP therapy.

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Losing Just Half Hour of Sleep May Promote Weight Gain

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Losing as little as 30 minutes of sleep per day on weekdays can have long-term consequences for body weight and metabolism, a new study finds. The results were presented yesterday at ENDO 2015, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in San Diego.

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Perspectives

Should Melatonin Be Given to Children?

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There was a significant increase in the use of melatonin among children, from 0.1% in 2007 to 0.7% in 2012, according to a National Health Statistics Report (No. 78) released on February 10, 2015.

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Research News

NSF 2015 Sleep in America Poll: Pain a Key Challenge for Sleep

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A new poll by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) finds that pain is a key factor in the gap between the amount of sleep Americans say they need and the amount they’re getting—an average 42 minute sleep debt for those with chronic pain and 14 minutes for those who’ve suffered from acute pain in the past week.

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Allaying Augmentation

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When patients’ restless legs syndrome symptoms worsen, Mark Buchfuhrer, MD, doesn’t increase the dose of dopamine agonists. His approach takes patients off the typical first-line therapy entirely.

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Sleeplessness a Nightmare for Many Cancer Patients

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In Australia, after research showing 60% of callers to cancer support line “13 11 20″ reported insomnia symptoms, the Cancer Council Queensland has urged cancer patients and caregivers suffering from insomnia to seek help.

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Regulatory News

Analysis of the FMCSA Bulletin

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In January, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a bulletin to medical examiners and training organizations regarding obstructive sleep apnea. A sleep physician with commercial transportation expertise weighs in.

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Case Reports

Mindfulness Meditation Appears to Help Improve Sleep Quality

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Mindfulness meditation practices resulted in improved sleep quality for older adults with moderate sleep disturbance in a clinical trial comparing meditation to a more structured program focusing on changing poor sleep habits and establishing a bedtime routine, according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Replacement Ready

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Practical solutions can help patients prescribed CPAP maintain their equipment by replacing key device components, thereby maximizing therapeutic outcomes.

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