January 19, 2022
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Sleep Medicine Update
A study found that obstructive sleep apnea is often seen in pulmonary hypertension patients, with male sex, older age and lesser daytime arterial oxygen pressure noted as risk factors. The 140-person study found OSA incidence of 76% in people with pulmonary hypertension that was associated with low oxygen or pulmonary disease.
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Asthma may be mitigated in patients who have their septal deviation treated via septoplasty, according to a study in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice. Researchers noted that severe nasal obstruction caused by septal deviation can contribute to snoring and sleep apnea.
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A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that sleep and biological rhythm changes may be tied to severity of anxiety and depression among new mothers. The study followed 73 women from the third trimester of pregnancy up to 3 months after birth and found that circadian rhythm changes and nighttime activity were associated with more symptoms of depression.
Full Story: CTV (Canada) (1/18) 
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Seasonal affective disorder is characterized by sadness, fatigue, loss of interest in activities and changes to weight and sleeping patterns, according to psychiatrist Norman Rosenthal, M.D. About 5% of people develop SAD in its "syndromal" form, which is when symptoms can severely affect the ability to function.
Full Story: CNN (1/17) 
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NEW Specialty Practice Accreditation
The AASM is excited to announce the release of Specialty Practice Accreditation! This new program is designed for non-sleep medical practices that evaluate & manage high risk sleep apnea patients. Learn more and apply today at aasm.org/accreditation.
Health & Wellness
Study links dietary patterns to migraine intensity
The strength and duration of migraines may be related to dietary nutrient patterns in women who have the condition, according to a study in the British Journal of Nutrition. Researchers said that while migraine headaches may be linked to hereditary causes, "various other internal and external conditions, such as daily diet, certain foods, alcohol, hormonal fluctuations, stressful situations, and lifestyle may affect the intensity and duration of migraine."
Full Story: The American Journal of Managed Care online (1/17) 
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A study in Nature Human Behavior indicates that online interventions centering on techniques like values-based activities, brain plasticity exercises and peer narratives could be useful in reducing teenagers' feelings of hopelessness and depressive symptoms and could improve their ability to progress toward goals, according to Healio. Data from more than 2,000 teenage participants were studied.
Full Story: Healio (free registration) (1/14) 
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Registered dietitian Lauren Manaker writes that alternatives to coffee that can help provide energy and focus without caffeine and its potential side effects include turmeric lattes, water, lean beef, kiwifruit and pasta. "Plant-based foods like pasta are great sources of starch, and they contain various B vitamins that support energy levels," Manaker says.
Full Story: CNBC (1/17) 
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Practice Management
CrowdStrike Executive Health Care Strategist Drex DeFord says the key to cybersecurity is understanding what an attack looks like and how cybercriminals gain access, elevate credentials and move laterally through a network, and IT teams need tools and tactics to shut down a cyberattack in less than an hour. CDW Healthcare Chief Technology Officer Tom Stafford says IT professionals should follow security threats, build deterrent chains and familiarize themselves with devices on their network, and they should keep senior executives and boards in the loop.
Full Story: HealthTech (1/13) 
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Trends & Technologies
Philips has said its CPAP machine recall needs to be expanded amid growing supply chain and profit challenges affecting the company. It is facing more than 100 class-action lawsuits over its recalled machines, which raised concerns last year over foam components that could break down and produce toxic effects.
Full Story: Reuters (1/18) 
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Health Policy & Regulations
Physician groups reacted to a decision by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission not to recommend any increase in physician pay next year based on a staff report in December that deemed current pay to be adequate. The decision will affect patient access to care, some medical group representatives have said.
Full Story: Radiology Business (1/14) 
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News from AASM
Register to attend Sleep Medicine Trends in Phoenix
Join the AASM in Phoenix, Feb. 11 - 13, for Sleep Medicine Trends 2022. Together we will explore how to improve patient care through innovative approaches to the evaluation and management of sleep disorders, apply recent lessons learned to emerge stronger from the challenges faced by the field of sleep medicine, and gain insight into emerging technologies. Learn more.
AASM introduces new Sleep ISR Scoring Course
The Sleep ISR Scoring Course is an online, modular program that will teach the concepts behind, and the skills of, scoring an in-laboratory polysomnogram. This course will be especially useful for anyone in a new role, those looking to brush up their skills, or managers seeking to set the level of their team's PSG scoring. Register today and learn at your own pace. Learn more.
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About American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Established in 1975, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) is the leading professional society dedicated exclusively to the medical subspecialty of sleep medicine. As the leading voice in the sleep field, the AASM is advancing sleep care and enhancing sleep health to improve lives. The AASM has a combined membership of 11,000 accredited member sleep centers and individual members, including physicians, scientists, and other health care professionals.

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