Sleep Apnea Is Overdiagnosed

Snoring Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Treatment Animation

Snoring and sleep apnea.In normal breathing, air enters the nostrils and goes through the throat and the tracheato the lungs. In people who snore this airway is partiallyobstructed by excess tissue of the throat, such as large tonsils, large soft palate ortongue. Another common cause of obstruction is the dropping of the tongue into the throatdue to over relaxation of tongue muscles during sleep. Air currents competing throughnarrow spaces in the throat cause the soft palate essentially a piece of soft tissuehanging in the throat to vibrate. This vibration is the source of the noise we hear when someoneis snoring.

Sleep apnea happens when the airway is completelyobstructed, no air can go through and the person stops breathing. This cessation ofbreathing triggers the brain to respond by waking up the person just enough to take abreath. This repeats itself again and again during the course of the night and may resultin sleep deprivation. Snoring and mild sleep apnea may be treatedwith a mandibular advancement device. This device is designed to move the lower jaw andthe tongue slightly forward and thus making the space in the back of the throat larger.

COPD Is More Than What the Surface Shows

COPD may be overdiagnosed. I'm Erin Whiteand this is a dailyRx Minute. To properly diagnose COPD, patients must takea specific breathing test, spirometry. Without this test, patients could be misdiagnosed.In a recent study, researchers found that nearly half of the patients they studied,the majority of whom were uninsured, did not have COPD. Most of these patients had neverundergone spirometry. Ask your for an official COPD test before diagnosis. FordailyRx TV, I'm Erin White.

Undiagnosed Bipolar The New Findings

If you have depression or anxiety, new evidencesuggests you may actually be suffering from something else. I'm Shelby Cullinan with yourlatest health news. In a new study, researchers from the Universityof Leeds suggested that around 10 percent of UK primary care patients prescribed antidepressantsfor either depression or anxiety may actually have bipolar disorder (BD). This is significantgiven the fact that BD affects nearly 2 percent of the world's population and is the sixthleading cause of disability worldwide, according to the National Health Service (NHS). Misdiagnosiscan lead to inappropriate treatment. When an antidepressant is prescribed without amood stabilizer, the mood of a patient with

BD can become even further destabilized. Leadstudy author and team urge health care professionals to review the life histories of patients withanxiety or depression, especially younger patients who are not responding well to treatment,for evidence of BD.

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