Obstructive sleep apnea is a relatively common disorder, especially among adults older than 60 years of age, and its prevalence is rising due to the growing epidemic of obesity. Here are the ACP's recommendations for diagnosis.
A study of a nationally representative sample of hospitalized women who were pregnant or gave birth shows a link between obstructive sleep apnea and maternal death. The findings, published in SLEEP, point to a need for targeted interventions to improve pregnancy outcomes in women with apnea.
New practice guidelines for managing childhood sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) were highlighted by Michael Schechter, MD, on behalf of Carole Marcus, MBBCh. The presentation ”Clinical Practice Guideline Update: Diagnosis and Management of Childhood Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS)” reviewed the 2012 update to the previous 2002 AAP Clinical Practice Guideline intended for use by primary care clinicians for the diagnosis and management of childhood OSAS.
The prevalence of sleep problems, combined with a growing array of user-friendly devices for conducting home sleep tests, represents an opportunity for primary care physicians to add a new income stream and improve the quality of life for many of their patients.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is adding its strongest warning to labels of codeine-containing products advising against their use for pain relief in children after surgery to remove tonsils or adenoids.