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New research links untreated OSA, COVID-19 infections

June 14, 2021HME News Staff

SAN DIEGO – People with untreated obstructive sleep apnea were associated with a higher rate of COVID-19 infection than those who received PAP treatment, according to a poster presented by ResMed and Kaiser Permanente during SLEEP 2021, which was held virtually June 10-13.  The data showed a dose-response association of OSA severity on infection rate: Patients with untreated mild OSA had a COVID-19 infection rate of 2%, while patients with severe untreated OSA had a COVID-19 infection...

COVID-19, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Research, ResMed


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Study: NIV at home shows benefits, but underutilized

March 2, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

LAFAYETTE, La. – A recent study showing positive outcomes for patients treated with non-invasive ventilation at home is a step toward closing a “data gap” that prevents more patients from benefiting from the therapy, says Dr. William Fraizer, chief medical officer for Viemed Healthcare. Patients treated with NIV at home had a 50% decrease in all-cause mortality during the study period; a 28% decline in the risk of hospitalization; and a 52% reduction in the risk of an emergency...

Non-invasive ventilators, Research, Respiratory Therapy, Viemed Healthcare


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UPitt wins grant to research accessible autonomous vehicles

August 21, 2020HME News Staff

PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh's Human Engineering Research Laboratories has received $1 million in grant funding to research the effects of accessible autonomous vehicles and other mobility services. HERL, in consortium with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and the Catholic University of America, is one of four recipients of the new Tier 1 University Transportation Center grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation. “These investments in four new transportation...

Accessible Vehicles, Complex Rehab, Grant, Research, UPitt


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Study: Increase physical activity, decrease risk of OSA

June 26, 2020HME News Staff

DARIEN, Ill. - Increased physical activity is associated with a lower risk of obstructive sleep apnea, according to a study published online as an accepted paper in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Researchers reviewed lifestyle, medical, socio-demographic and sleep health data collected from more than 155,000 adults participating in the Ontario Health Study. Based on the physical activity of participants with and without sleep apnea, the investigators determined that a modest increase in...

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ResMed, ATS support research on remote monitoring for COPD patients

February 4, 2020HME News Staff

SAN DIEGO - ResMed and the ATS Foundation have awarded their third $100,000 research fellowship grant to Claude Farah, PhD, of the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, Australia, to study how remote monitoring can help improve the management of COPD patients. The aim of the study: to detect early changes in lung function from daily recordings and notify patients when to commence more intensive treatment or seek medical attention. In his application for the grant, Farah predicts, “This...

ATS, COPD, Remote monitoring, Research, ResMed


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Broda funds seating research

January 10, 2020HME News Staff

KITCHENER, Ontario - Broda has committed to contributing CA$15,000 to fully fund the Canadian Occupational Therapy Foundation Research Grant in 2020. “This is a special opportunity to work with an outstanding organization to advance the level of knowledge in an often-overlooked area that desperately needs rigorous research,” said Nick Hoffmeyer, vice president of marketing. Proposed research objectives include demonstrating the care benefits of tilt wheelchairs in long-term care; demonstrating...

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ASV trumps PAP for chronic insomnia, study finds

December 19, 2019HME News Staff

YARMOUTH, Maine - Adaptive servo-ventilation proved superior to CPAP therapy in chronic insomnia patients with previously undiagnosed co-morbid OSA, according the first efficacy trial to compare the two modes. Future research must determine the following, according to the trial, which was recently published in The Lancet: the pathophysiological mechanisms to explain how OSA causes chronic insomnia; general population prevalence of this comorbidity; and cost-effectiveness of ASV therapy in complex...

CPAP, Insomnia, Research, Sleep Apnea, trial, vent


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Funding expands 'peer buddy' program for sleep apnea patients

September 3, 2019HME News Staff

TUCSON, Ariz. - Sairam Parthasarathy, MD, a past keynote speaker at the HME News Business Summit, has been awarded nearly $1.4 million for a peer-support program for sleep apnea patients. Parthasarathy, a professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson, and his team will use funding provided by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to implement the findings of a previous research project through which peers were trained to help patients starting treatment for sleep apnea....

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Philips sleep headband takes flight

June 18, 2019HME News Staff

AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands - The SmartSleep Deep Sleep Headband from Royal Philips will be used in research funded by the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH), a virtual institute empowered by the NASA Human Research Program, for two studies evaluating the relationship between sleep and cognitive performance for behavioral health. The two-year initiative will use the headband to determine if sleep can be improved during deep space exploration by using a variety of auditory stimulation...

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ResMed cites higher rates of sleep apnea

June 11, 2019HME News Staff

SAN ANTONIO - Roughly 170 million people across North and South America have sleep apnea, according to a study ResMed presented at SLEEP 2019.The study, a deeper analysis of ResMed's finding in 2018 that 936 million people worldwide have sleep apnea, concludes that 170 million people in North and South America (37% of adults) have sleep apnea based on the AASM 2012 criteria—a “conservative” estimate—and that the countries with the highest number of cases are the United States...

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