Researchers Develop OSA Test
Years ago, my aunt started having sleeping problems. She went to her doctor, who couldn't seem to figure out why she wasn't getting a full night's rest. After many years and a few misdiagnoses, a physician finally found out my aunt had obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). She's now being treated for OSA and can get a good night's sleep. However, it's a shame she had so many years of bad sleep before the doctors could figure out what was wrong.
But now it seems, with the help of laboratory diagnostics, many people may not have to suffer for as long as my aunt did before finding out they have OSA. Researchers at the University of Chicago have developed a urine test for detecting OSA. They tried the test on a study of 90 children who were referred to a sleep clinic. They found that children with "dangerous snoring" had a number of increased proteins in their urine.
Check out this article for more information on the study.