1. A urine test to detect difference between safe snoring and dangerous snoring
Researchers now say that it is possible to have a urine test that can make out the difference between safe and dangerous snoring. The study conducted by the University of Chicago followed ninety children who were evaluated at a clinical facility for breathing disorders during sleep. A majority of the proteins peaked in the urine of kids who were diagnosed with abnormal or dangerous snoring. The findings appeared in a leading American medical journal. The research team, however, said that their findings may need to be repeated. Those who participated in the study underwent overnight tests and a few were classified as suffering from OSA or obstructive sleep apnea.
2. Snoring gives rise to behavioral problems in children
According to latest findings, children who snore frequently or suffer from sleep breathing disorders are at high risk of developing certain behavioral problems. The study observed more than 10,000 children in the U.K for a period of six years. It was seen that those who suffered from sleep apnea or snored frequently were likely to develop aggressiveness or hyperactivity. These children had the tendency to struggle with their friends or peers. The research, conducted by Dr. Karen Bonuck, further reported that breathing troubles appeared to be harming brain development in children. The bottom line is, if you have a kid who snores quite often, then consult a doctor to prevent him from developing serious behavioral and social problems in future.
3. A new pill to prevent occurrence of snoring and sleep disorders
BGC20-0166, a pill known by its code name may stop the occurrence of snoring, says a latest research. The pill combines a pair of existing drugs that impacts regions of the brain associated with certain muscles in airflow and airways. Researchers recorded the AHI or apnea hypopnea index in overnight observations after a fortnight and again after a period of four weeks. It was seen that those who took the pill showed a forty percent decrease in symptoms. The drug is currently being developed by a leading life sciences firm with offices based in the U.K. and the U.S. According to the researchers, taking daily doses of the pill can help curb snoring disorders affecting millions of people worldwide.
4. Obesity linked to snoring
Obesity is a condition that doctors commonly associate with snoring and sleep disordered breathing in adults. However, a new research finds the same association in kids. A group of researchers from Italy compared the snoring frequency in 44 children with frequent snoring, that in 138 kids with less frequent snoring and 627 children who had never snored. Of the total 809 children studied, 64 showed symptoms of obesity, 121 were overweight and 624 maintained a normal weight. It was found that the incidence of snoring in children with obesity was twice the figure in overweight children or children with normal weight. To conclude, researchers pointed at the necessity of addressing sleep disorders in children so as to keep them safe from weight related problems during adulthood. The research article appeared in CHEST, a leading medical journal.
5. A unique device to quantify efficacy of MAS in treatment of snoring and other sleep disorders
A new research quantifies the efficacy of MAS or mandibular advancement splints using a device to analyze sleep disordered breathing and snoring. The process of clinical assessment for MAS efficacy, especially in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and snoring, is based largely on reports by the partner and patients themselves, and occasionally on the AHI or apnea hyponea index which denotes the exact number of times breathing pauses occur per hour during sleep. Researchers used an unobtrusive and portable deivce known as the Sonomat which has a mattress overlay dotted with sensors. The sensors work by measuring AHI through the detection and recording of breathing, snoring and body movements. It was found that MAS treatment decreased the AHI from an average of about 10 events per hour to something around 3 events per hour. The study was presented at the anniversary meeting of the AADSM or the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.