Risk of heart complications increases for sleep apnoea patients post-surgery

According to a new study published today in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), patients who have severe obstructive sleep apnoea have a significantly higher risk of complications related to their heart in the first 30 days after major surgery

Risk of heart complications increases for sleep apnoea patients post-surgeryPeople having surgery may be more likely to experience cardiovascular problems afterward when they have a common night-time breathing disorder known as sleep apnoea, a study suggests. Compared to patients without apnoea, people with severe apnoea were more than twice as likely to die of heart complications or experience serious cardiac events like heart attacks […]

Low oxygen levels harm specific cells in the developing brain

Low oxygen levels are a well-known cause of brain injury in premature babies. But the mechanism by which low oxygen hurts the developing human brain has been unclear

Low oxygen levels harm specific cells in the developing brainNow, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have identified a specific set of brain cells that are particularly susceptible to harm from low oxygen exposure in early development. This damage is congruent with brain abnormalities, particularly reduction in grey matter, seen among children who are born very prematurely. The researchers have also identified […]

Snoring causes damage and prevents healing in the upper airway tract, reveals study

The recurrent vibrations caused by snoring can lead to injuries in the upper airways of people who snore heavily. This in turn, can cause swallowing dysfunction and render individuals more vulnerable for developing the severe condition obstructive sleep apnoea

Snoring causes damage and prevents healing in the upper airway tract, reveals studyThese findings are reported by researchers at Umeå University, Sweden. Their on-going research focuses on the processes behind vibratory damage and healing of the upper airway tract. The data generated will help identify people at high risk of developing sleep apnoea and to find novel treatment strategies. “Besides the disturbing effects, constant snoring can be […]

Pregnant women with type 1 diabetes are at a high risk of preterm birth

Pregnant women with type 1 diabetes are at increased risk of delivering their baby prematurely. The risk increases as blood sugar levels rise, however, women who maintain the recommended levels also risk giving birth prematurely

Pregnant women with type 1 diabetes are at a high risk of preterm birth  These are the findings from researchers at Karolinska Institutet and the Sahlgrenska Academy in Sweden, published in Annals of Internal Medicine. In a previous study published in The BMJ, the research group showed that pregnant women with type 1 diabetes were at an increased risk of having babies with heart defects. Now, a new […]

This is why sleeping with your contact lenses on is a dangerous habit

Do you ever fall asleep while wearing your contact lenses? If you’ve done it, you know the morning struggle to get those dried out lenses unstuck from your eyeballs. It happens a lot. Sleeping in lenses was the most common offense reported by people who wear contacts. You know it’s bad for your eyes, but how bad is it? According to health experts, falling asleep, or even napping, without removing your contact lenses can significantly increase the likelihood of serious health problems

This is why sleeping with your contact lenses on is a dangerous habitSo you dozed off without removing your contact lenses. Even though we are adequately warned against doing this, it remains one of the most commonly reported behaviours among people who use contacts. It looks like a lot of us underestimate how dangerous the habit can be. “It’s like having a plastic bag over your head […]