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Self Medicating
October 6, 2014 12:49 PM by Penny Mehaffey
New research shows alarming but not surprising data that teens the world over self -medicate with over-the counter and prescription drugs. The statistics are: young people age 13 to 18 routinely self-medicate with over-the-counter and prescription medications Read More...
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Sleep Improves Learning
September 18, 2014 11:38 AM by Penny Mehaffey
I read with great interest the study results suggesting that sleeping after learning (studying) enhances our memory and ability to recall information. This is good news for students everywhere. The article was released in June by researchers at NYU Langone Read More...
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COPD in the Sleep Lab
August 28, 2014 10:50 AM by Penny Mehaffey
We had a COPD patient in the lab this week. This is not an unusual occurrence, but it was an exclamation point for me, given that CMS adds COPD to the list of targeted and tracked diseases this October. I thought our patient was a prime example of why Read More...
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Difficult Patients in the Sleep Lab
August 21, 2014 11:15 AM by Penny Mehaffey
Difficult patients in the sleep lab are no surprise, nor are they a new phenomenon. What is new is the frequency with which they are showing up. Sometimes it feels as if the doctors are in a contest to see who can refer in the most difficult patient. Read More...
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Mask Fit Savvy
August 7, 2014 11:56 AM by Penny Mehaffey
I wish, oh how I wish, that my lab dispensed our own CPAP equipment. And not so much the CPAP machines but the masks. We do as much as we can by giving the patient the mask they are titrated with, but that's as far as it goes. Once they leave us, it's Read More...
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Ultimate responsibility?
August 1, 2014 8:52 AM by Penny Mehaffey
Problem: A patient was diagnosed with sleep apnea 5 years ago and has been treated with CPAP since. At his office visit this year he complains of poor sleep and a return of symptoms of OSA. He has gained 60 pounds and has other lung problems as well. Read More...
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Being a Sleep Educator
July 24, 2014 10:32 AM by Penny Mehaffey
I want to blog today about an experience I had related to sleep in industry. I know it's been done but it is pertinent still. I took the sleep educator workshop at FOCUS this summer and thank God I passed the exam. It was a toughy. Then, as if right on Read More...
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Medical Marijuana
July 17, 2014 11:10 AM by Penny Mehaffey
I am curious about the opinions of my peers regarding medical marijuana. It's a hot topic lately and especially so in my area. Our governor was in for a visit last week to underscore his support of continuing research in the use of marijuana to help treat Read More...
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Challenged by BRPT Exam
July 10, 2014 11:34 AM by Penny Mehaffey
I mentioned before that I attended the FOCUS spring conference in Florida. My main goal for that event was to attend the sleep educator workshop presented by the BRPT. I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and I did learn a lot; it was worth every Read More...
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Independence Day
July 3, 2014 10:36 AM by Penny Mehaffey
I hope you all have a safe and fun time as our nation celebrates another birthday. I'd like to suggest that we take time to think of freedom as it relates to our health today. We have open access to doctors in our country and readily available medications, Read More...
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Cancer and Sleep Woes
June 26, 2014 10:10 AM by Penny Mehaffey
I was thinking about an article I saw a while back about cancer patients and the sleep disturbances and cognitive loss that they experience. I have read before that CPAP was helping to improve memory and function during the day for some patients. I have Read More...
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Expanding Sleep Resources
June 19, 2014 10:08 AM by Penny Mehaffey
There are a lot of good resources available to us today that even 10 years ago we did not have. I encourage you to read the various e-magazines and periodicals and keep up with what's happening in sleep. There is constantly new and exciting research being Read More...
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Sleep Study 101
May 29, 2014 9:59 AM by Penny Mehaffey
There's a conversation going on in LinkedIn revolving around this question: Does a sleep study require a doctor's order? It's been an interesting feed to follow. You would think that this is a no-brainer, right? It's a medical test, so it requires a physician's Read More...
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Hurray for FOCUS 2014
May 22, 2014 12:32 PM by Penny Mehaffey
Well, we have another FOCUS meeting behind us. nd what a great meeting it was: action packed, star studded and uber-educational. Hats off to everyone involved in putting this first-class event together. The meeting was held at the Coronado Springs resort Read More...
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Can Ambien Be Linked to Murder?
May 8, 2014 9:42 AM by Penny Mehaffey
I read with some horror an article, Murder: Another Ambien Side Effect? , by John Gever in MedPage Today . Oh my goodness. I was aware of the bizarre behaviors reported with Ambien use: cooking while sleeping, having sex and not remembering... and driving Read More...
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