Can your CPAP make you sick?

Harvard Health Blog
I keep hearing radio ads about high-tech cleaners for continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines, which are used to treat sleep apnea. Bacteria and mold can accumulate in different parts of the device.
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The Struggle to Diagnose OSA

MD Magazine
In an interview with MD Magazine®, Reena Mehra, MD, MS, director of the Sleep Disorder Research Program at the Cleveland Clinic, explained the recent history of sleep apnea under-diagnosis, and shared the current projects designed to reduce the disease’s overall burden.
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Oral appliances may be highly effective in treating a type of sleep apnea

Medical Xpress
Certain traits may define a type of obstructive sleep apnea that can be effectively treated with an oral appliance, according to new research published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.
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What is the link between sleep apnea and depression?

Medical News Today
New research has explored the link between sleep apnea and depression and suggests that the former may be one reason that depression treatments fail.
Around 20–30% of people with depression and other mood disorders do not get the help they need from existing therapies.
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Christian Guilleminault, researcher who coined ‘obstructive sleep apnea syndrome,’ dies at 80

Stanford Medicine
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United HealthCare to Cover Inspire Sleep Apnea Implant Effective Aug 1

Sleep Review Magazine
Inspire Medical Systems Inc, a medical technology company that makes an implantable therapy for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and is focused on the development and commercialization of minimally invasive solutions for patients with the sleep disorder, reports that health plan UnitedHealthcare will provide coverage for the company’s Inspire therapy effective August 1, 2019. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group, a diversified health care company that provides coverage for approximately 41 million members.

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CPAP-Treated Sleep Apnea Linked to Diabetes Risk Reduction

MD Magazine
Routine care for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is linked to a reduced risk of incident type 2 diabetes (T2D), according to a new cohort analysis.
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Sleep Apnea Can Have Deadly Consequences

The New York Times
The condition is on the rise because the most frequent cause is obesity, which continues its unrelenting climb among American adults.

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Reena Mehra, MD, MS: ADHERE Cohort Gender Findings

MD Magazine
New findings from the two-year, international-based ADHERE cohort found that upper airway stimulation (UAS)—a form of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) care on the rise in the US—is actually more beneficial for female patients than male patients.
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Beyond Annoying: How To Identify The Sounds Of A Troublesome Snore

NPR April 22, 2019

An estimated 40% of adults in the U.S. snore. And, men, you tend to out-snore women. (Yes, this may explain why you get kicked or shoved at night!)

And despite the myth that snoring is a sign of deep sleep, there's really no upside to it. 

"Snoring really does not demonstrate anything good, " says Erich Voigt, an ear, nose, and throat doctor and sleep specialist at New York University Langone Health. "You can have beautifully deep sleep in a silent sleep."
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WIRED Magazine – April 19

THE WHOLE WORLD is exhausted. And it’s killing us. But particularly me. As I write this, I’m at TED 2019 in Vancouver, which is a weeklong marathon of talks and workshops and coffee meetings and experiences and demos and late-night trivia contests and networking, networking, networking. Meanwhile, I’m sick as a dog with a virus I caught from my 3-year-old, I’m on deadline for what feels like a bazillion stories, and I’m pregnant, which means I need coffee but can’t have too much, and need sleep but can only lay on my left side, and can’t breathe without sitting propped up with a pillow anyway, since I can’t safely take any cold medication.

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A Guide to Sleep Apnea

New York Times
Every night, millions of Americans go to bed and drift into an evening of sleep that is anything but peaceful. They snore and gasp for air throughout the night, causing chronic sleepiness and increasing their risk of heart disease, hypertension and Type 2 diabetes. This condition, known as sleep apnea, affects an estimated 22 million Americans. Yet most people who have it never get it diagnosed. They suffer night after night and jeopardize their health. Here’s what you need to know about sleep apnea, along with some of the best ways to detect and sometimes even

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UVA Today “When Snorting Goes from Annoying to Dangerous: Engineer Studies Sleep Apnea”

March 7, 2019
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Everyday Health “Study Identifies New Link Between Sleep Apnea Symptoms and Alzheimer’s Disease”

March 6, 2019
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Thank you to everyone who attended the 2019 John H. Schaff Platform Tennis Classic

We want to thank everyone who came out to the 2019 John H. Schaff Platform Tennis Classic at the Kent Country Club on Friday, Feb. 22. We had a great time! Our annual paddle tournament is held in memory of John Schaff and raises money for Cleveland Clinic's Sleep Centers. With your support, we can further spread awareness about sleep apnea. Congratulations to this year’s winners: Cullen Malloy, Bruce Hungerford, Matt Pursley and Randy Ford.

How do you sleep? It could be a matter of life and death.

February 19, 2019

A Grand Rapids woman is making it her mission to educate doctors and their patients about the dangers of sleep apnea. She knows better than most people how tragic the disorder can be.
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Sleep Apnea Especially Dangerous for Women’s Hearts

February 19, 2019

Obstructive sleep apnea ― a condition that’s often accompanied by severe snoring ― is a common, yet dangerous sleep disorder that involves short periods of stopped breathing during sleep.
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Consumer Reports – How to Choose and Use a CPAP Machine for Sleep Apnea

January 30, 2019

CPAP machines come in a wide variety of styles. Here’s the latest review from Consumer Reports.
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Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Who's at Risk and What to Know

Published on November 28, 2018
US News & World Report
daytime sleepiness and mood changes have in common? They're all signs of obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA – a common but grossly under-recognized sleep disorder.

What Is OSA?

OSA is a potentially serious sleep disorder that causes breathing to stop and start repeatedly, sometimes hundreds of times during the night. Normally, throat muscles hold the airway open, allowing you to breathe during sleep. During an apnea episode the airway collapses, causing the diaphragm and chest wall muscles to work harder to open it. Breathing usually resumes with a loud snore, gasp or body jerk, and you may wake up and feel a sensation of choking. These episodes can interfere with sound sleep and reduce the flow of oxygen to vital organs, contributing to daytime sleepiness, fatigue and depressed mood. But that's not all.
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Collaborative Summit Explores Models to Improve Patient Care for Sleep Apnea

Published on November 28, 2018
Sleep Review Magazine
In Chicago on Saturday, Nov 10, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) hosted 35 representatives from 14 medical associations and patient advocacy groups for a one-day Sleep-Disordered Breathing Collaboration Summit to discuss strategies to improve the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.
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Wake Up to sleep Disorders 2018:  A Cleveland Clinic Sleep Disorders Center Update

September 7-8, 2018
Symposium Brochure
Mary Schaff served on a panel at a Cleveland Clinic symposium on current trends in sleep medicine. The symposium was intended for health care practitioners in a wide range of fields who provide care to patients suffering from sleep disorders.  Mary shared her personal story  to underscore the need for further education and awareness of sleep apnea within the medical community.


Mary hosts the John H. Schaff Platform Tennis Classic, an annual paddle tournament that takes place the last Friday in February in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Donations from the winter fundraiser go directly to Cleveland Clinic Sleep Disorders Center to advance research and education on sleep disorders.

For more information, please contact:
Bruce Hungerford


Bruce Hungerford and Cullen Malloy - 2018

Dave Brus and Chris Gundersen - 2017

Dave Brus and Patrick Bruining - 2016

Article in blog – 5 Sneaky Signs You May Have Sleep Apnea

April 19, 2018 (Jessica Vensel Rundo, MD, CCSDC contributes)

Citing “what every older adult should know,” this article breaks down why sleep apnea happens, potential signs of sleep apnea and what to do if you notice them.
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