Autism, sleep apnea now qualify for medical marijuana
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota residents with autism or obstructive sleep apnea can now qualify for the state's medical marijuana program.
Those additions are effective Wednesday, marking the latest expansion of the program that launched in 2015. Minnesota lawmakers passed one of the nation's most restrictive medical marijuana laws in 2014, banning the plant form and restricting its use to patients with just a handful of serious conditions.
Every night without fail, Paul Blumstein straps on a mask that prevents him from repeatedly waking up, gasping for air.
It's been his routine since he was diagnosed with a condition called sleep apnea. While it helps, he doesn't like wearing the mask.
"It's like an octopus has clung to my face," said Blumstein, 70, of Annandale, Virginia. "I just want to sleep once in a while without that feeling."
Sleep Apnea Remedies Vying For Place in Bedroom
Maple Grove medical device maker Inspire Medical has filed for an initial public offering of stock to raise up to $86.3 million.
Many people in Douglas County have sleeping issues and may be undiagnosed with sleep apena. How to test for it, and what you can do to treat it, was the topic of a radio interview recently on CHI Mercy Health’s Talking Health radio program on News Radio 1240 KQEN.
Host Lisa Platt interviewed Debbie Langdon from CHI Mercy Health Sleep Center about how the center helps people who may have a sleeping disorder.
The following is an edited version of that interview.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 37-count federal indictment charges two Southern California doctors with fraudulently billing health insurers for millions of dollars for procedures related to the 1-800-GET-THIN Lap-Band surgery business, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
Julian Omidi, 49, of West Hollywood and Mirali Zarrabi, 55, of Beverly Hills, were arrested Wednesday and both pleaded not guilty to the charges in U.S. District Court.
New York-area rail crashes blamed on lack of apnea testing
A lack of adequate testing for a pernicious sleep disorder was the primary cause of two serious train crashes in New Jersey and New York, federal investigators concluded in a report Tuesday as they renewed the call for the testing to be mandatory.
The crashes involving a New Jersey Transit train at the Hoboken terminal in September 2016 and a Long Island Rail Road train in Brooklyn in January 2017 killed one person, injured more than 200 and caused more than $11 million in damage.
The Latest: Feds: Apnea testing could have prevented crashes
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the National Transportation Safety Board's investigation on the causes of train crashes in Brooklyn and Hoboken (all times local):
Federal investigators say a lack of adequate testing for sleep apnea was the primary cause of recent train accidents in New York and New Jersey that killed one person, injured more than 200 and caused more than $11 million in damage.
Minnetonka maker of apnea device raises nearly $60 million from investors
Respicardia, the Minnetonka-based maker of a pacemaker-like device to treat central sleep apnea, has closed a fresh $58.5 million funding round on the heels of news that its Remede System was approved for sale in the United States.
Minnesotans with autism and obstructive sleep apnea will be able to use medical marijuana as of next July to manage their medical conditions.
State Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger announced the additions Thursday morning following a state and public citizen review. They bring to 13 the number of medical conditions that qualify for medical marijuana in Minnesota.
Autism, sleep apnea added as medical pot qualifiers
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota health officials say they're adding autism spectrum disorders and obstructive sleep apnea as conditions that qualify for medical marijuana.
Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger says there is increasing evidence that medical marijuana can help people with severe autism or obstructive apnea.
44 train engineers diagnosed with sleep apnea, sidelined
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — Dozens of New Jersey Transit train engineers were sidelined because testing imposed after a deadly rail crash found they suffered from sleep apnea.
The transit agency screened 373 engineers for sleep disorders, and 57 were taken out of service until a full study could be conducted.
Correction: MTA-Sleep Apnea story
NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Sept. 28 about Metropolitan Transportation Authority screening program for sleep apnea, The Associated Press erroneously reported comments made by the authority's chairman, Joe Lhota. Lhota praised the authority's system of screening bus and train drivers for sleep apnea but said he would look into whether it was possible to shorten the amount of time drivers are given to seek expert testing for the illness after a screening indicated they might be at risk. He did not say that he wanted to fix a flaw in the rules. The AP also incorrectly described details of the screening system. Drivers can't "fail" a screening exam. The exam also doesn't result in a diagnosis, only mandates that drivers get tested by a medical professional within 90 days.
Democrats’ bill requires sleep apnea testing for engineers
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers from New York and New Jersey are introducing legislation Thursday to force federal transportation officials to implement a rule to test train engineers for sleep apnea.
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and New Jersey U.S. Sen. Cory Booker announced the legislation a week after the National Transportation Safety Board said that the engineers involved in crashes in Hoboken and Brooklyn were suffering from undiagnosed sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea went undiagnosed in engineers in 2 train crashes
The engineers of two commuter trains that slammed into New York City-area stations in the last year, killing one person and injuring more than 200 others, were suffering from undiagnosed sleep apnea and have no memory of the crashes, according to investigative documents made public Thursday.
Both trains were going more than double the speed limit and crashed at stations that had been exempted from federal regulations requiring automatic speed controls that could've slowed or stopped them.
Research on big ears, crocodile gambling wins Ig Nobels
BOSTON (AP) — Scientists who discovered that old men really do have big ears, that playing the didgeridoo helps relieve sleep apnea and that handling crocodiles can influence gambling decisions are among this year's recipients of the Ig Nobel, the prize for absurd scientific achievement.
Dental Wellness & Health, the office of Leila Chahine, recently received accreditation from the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, or AADSM, in recognition of the office’s excellence in treating patients with sleep apnea, snoring and other breathing-related sleep disorders.
The office is one of only three in Connecticut and 71 in the nation to receive the accreditation.
Getting There: Trump’s plan to end sleep apnea testing could be deadly
Your daily commute just became more dangerous, thanks to the president.
In his zeal to kill unnecessary federal regulations, President Donald Trump has ordered the cancellation of a plan to require mandatory sleep apnea testing for truck drivers and railroad engineers.
U.S. officials are abandoning plans to require sleep apnea screening for truck drivers and train engineers, a decision that safety experts say puts millions of lives at risk.
The Federal Railroad Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said late last week that they are no longer pursuing the regulation that would require testing for the fatigue-inducing disorder that has been blamed for deadly rail crashes in New York City and New Jersey and several highway crashes.
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Based on my snoring and from everything I've read, I think I may have sleep apnea. But I don't want to spend a night at the hospital for sleep testing. Is there an easier way to know if I have sleep apnea? Can I somehow test for it at home?
A diagnosis of sleep apnea usually does require a sleep study, but that test doesn't always have to be in a hospital or other health care facility. Home tests are often recommended for people suspected to have sleep apnea.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carrie Fisher died from sleep apnea and a combination of other factors, but investigators were not able to pinpoint an exact cause, coroner's officials said Friday.
Sleep disorders are issues for a large segment of the population in the U.S. The importance of getting treated and the process of getting treated, were recent topics on CHI Mercy Health’s Talking Health radio show on News Radio 1240 KQEN.
Dr. Razvan Gosman, a physician who is board certified in sleep medicine, and Debbie Langdon, a registered polysomnographic technologist and the manager of Mercy’s Sleep Center were guests recently on the interview program hosted by Lisa Platt.
The Cozad Community Health System’s sleep program was recently approved for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care Inc.
All sleep labs in the state must be accredited to offer services to Medicare patients. But it’s not just adults who can benefit from the facility, according to a press release from the hospital. Children can also be evaluated for sleep disorders.
Bridgeport Hospital has designated the week leading up to Daylight Saving Time — which starts Sunday — as Sleep Awareness Week, and the medical director of Bridgeport Hospital’s Center for Sleep Medicine is asking those with chronic snoring problems to see a sleep medicine specialist for help.
More US labs research sleeping disorders
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — It's 10 p.m. on the Wednesday after Christmas, and two of the four beds at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque's sleep lab are full.
A sign at the end of the hallway warns: "Quiet, please. Sleep study in progress."
Sleep technician Tina Walsh puts EEG leads on Jon Obe, of Dubuque, in preparation for such a study.
Senators seeking review on train conductor sleep apnea tests
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Five U.S. senators have called on the National Transportation Safety Board to conduct a comprehensive review of all passenger railroads' implementation of sleep apnea testing for engineers and inward-facing cameras on trains.
A letter, sent Sunday to NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart, was signed Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, of New Jersey, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, of New York, and Richard Blumenthal, of Connecticut.
Transit agency sidelines 11 operators over new fatigue rules
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Eleven New Jersey Transit train engineers or conductors have been temporarily removed from duty under a new program to assess fatigue-related conditions begun after a deadly crash this fall, the agency said Wednesday.
NTSB: Crew fatigue main reason behind fatal 2014 train crash
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Crew fatigue brought on by irregular work schedules and a moderate form of sleep apnea is the primary reason behind a middle-of-the-night train crash that killed two Union Pacific workers and injured two others in northern Arkansas, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.
The panel also blamed an automatic horn that improperly reset alarms and the railroad industry's slow adoption of a system to stop trains automatically.
The Latest: Union Pacific to examine board’s crash findings
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on a hearing into the cause of a 2014 train collision in northern Arkansas that killed two Union Pacific employees (all times local):
Union Pacific says it looks forward to examining recommendations made by the National Transportation Safety Board following a fatal train crash in northern Arkansas.
Feds target sleep apnea, speeding after deadly train crash
Federal regulators want all passenger train operators in the U.S. tested for sleep apnea after the engineer in September's deadly New Jersey commuter train crash was found to have the dangerous, fatigue-inducing disorder.
The Federal Railroad Administration issued a safety advisory Friday calling for mandatory sleep apnea screening and treatment. It told railroads that engineers with severe sleep disorders shouldn't be allowed to operate trains until they are treated.
Dear Doctor K: At my last checkup, my doctor asked if I snore. When I told the doctor that my husband says I snore a lot, the doctor said snoring can be a sign of heart disease, particularly in postmenopausal women. What does snoring have to do with heart disease?
Dear Reader: Snoring is not a sign of heart disease, but it can be a sign of sleep apnea. And people with sleep apnea are at greater risk for heart disease.
Regulators, railroads target sleep apnea in wake of crash
NEW YORK (AP) — Engineers suffering from sleep apnea must have the fatigue-inducing disorder under control before they will be allowed to operate trains for the New Jersey commuter railroad whose train slammed into a station in September, killing a woman and injuring more than 100 people.
The Latest: Agency bars engineers until apnea is controlled
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the federal government's recommendation that all railroads test engineers for sleep apnea (all times local):
The nation's second-busiest commuter railroad is no longer allowing engineers with sleep apnea to operate trains unless the condition is corrected or under control.
New Jersey Transit said it made the change last month after a deadly crash in which the engineer was later found to have sleep apnea.
APNewsBreak: Engineer in crash had undiagnosed sleep apnea
The engineer of a commuter train that slammed into a station going double the 10 mph speed limit, killing a woman, suffered from undiagnosed sleep apnea, his lawyer said Wednesday, and a U.S. official told The Associated Press that investigators are looking at it as a potential cause.
The official, who was briefed on the investigation, spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the matter.
The Latest: Engineer’s lawyer confirms sleep apnea diagnosis
The Latest on the investigation into the Hoboken Terminal train crash (all times local):
A lawyer for the engineer of a commuter train that slammed into a station going double the 10 mph speed limit says he was diagnosed with sleep apnea after the accident.
Jack Arsenault says Thomas Gallagher was diagnosed after the Sept. 29 crash in Hoboken. He says in a statement that Gallagher was diagnosed by an expert he had arranged and results were forwarded to investigators on Oct. 31.
It’s a disorder that affects millions of Americans every night, and many don’t even know it. It is believed there are as many as 80 million undiagnosed cases.
All they do know is the tiredness they feel each and every morning, despite getting “enough” sleep.
“Many people don’t even know they have it, they just know they don’t feel right in the morning,” said Juan Escamilla, cardiopulmonary director for Covenant Health Plainview as he explained the effects of sleep apnea.
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Too little or too much sleep may be a risk factor for stroke and might hinder recovery, new research suggests.
The review of 29 previously published studies found that sleep disorders such as insomnia and sleep apnea are related to stroke risk and recovery.
"Sleep disturbances are more prevalent in stroke patients, even more than in the general population," said lead researcher Dr. Dirk Hermann. He's a professor of...
Dear Dr. Roach: I am a pretty healthy 53-year-old female and have central sleep apnea, along with a few obstructive events. I see a neurologist for this, and he doesn't seem concerned with finding out why I have the central events.
I should mention that I use a BiPAP nightly, and my apneas average 10-12 per night. All I have read about CSA online indicates an underlying cause, like stroke, heart problems, Parkinson's disease (which my dad had) or Alzheimer's disease. Is...