Always Tired? You may have Sleep Apnea

Your spouse or partner says your snoring is driving him nuts.   You wake up feeling unrested and irritable.

These are common signs that you may have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a sleep disorder that—left untreated—can take its toll on the body and mind.

Untreated OSA has been linked to high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, car accidents, work-related accidents and depression. According to the American Sleep Association, OSA affects more than 12 million Americans.  There is also a new study that found that women with apnea may have an increased risk for stroke.

The Food and Drug Administration ensures the safety and effectiveness of medical devices, including the device most often used by those affected by OSA – the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine, commonly known as CPAP – and a new device, the Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) System.

To learn more about sleep apnea, click HERE.

Relationship of Obesity and Breast Cancer Mortality

 Obesity appears to increase the risk of breast cancer–related deaths by about one-third in premenopausal but, surprisingly, not postmenopausal women with estrogen receptor–positive disease, investigators report.

An analysis of pooled data on 80,000 patients enrolled in 70 clinical trials showed that among 60,000 patients with estrogen receptor (ER)-positive disease, body mass index (BMI) was associated with risk for breast cancer mortality in both pre- and perimenopausal women.

But after adjustment for patient factors and tumor characteristics, the association remained significant only for premenopausal women with ER-positive tumors, who had a 34% higher risk of dying from breast cancer, said Dr. Hongchao Pan, on behalf of colleagues in the Early Breast Cancer Trialists’ Collaborative Group.

“To our surprise, we found little independent adverse effects of obesity in the 40,000 postmenopausal women with ER-positive disease,” Dr. Pan said at a media briefing highlighting research to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in Chicago, from May 30 through June 3.

There was also no apparent effect among women of any age with ER-negative tumors.

The findings suggest that the mechanisms by which obesity contributes to breast cancer prognosis are still unclear, Dr. Pan said.

By: NEIL OSTERWEIL, Ob.Gyn. News Digital Network

The study was funded by Cancer Research UK, the Medical Research Council, and the British Heart Foundation. Dr. Pan, Dr. Yu, and Dr. Hudis reported having no relevant financial disclosures.

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Colbert gives bump to Women’s Health

Stephen Colbert’s show  featured clips from the Women’s Health Research Institute’s recent 60 Minutes segment on sex inclusion in research. More than ever, it is essential to include male and female animals at the research level to ensure that sex is examined as a variable that can lead to different treatments and medications for different genders. The Institute has be advocating for full inclusion in human, animal and cell research!

Watch The Colbert Report clip now!