Friday, February 16, 2007

What do You Think of The New Look?

My friends at DeVilbiss have helped me create a new look for the blog. Let me know what you think of it by clicking on the 'comments' link below.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

How healthy is America?

The 29th report from the Health, United States series, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is now available on the Bookshelf.

Also of interest on the bookself, click this link labeled Neuroscience and insert the word sleep into the search function to go directly to sleep-related chapters.

Purves, Dale; Augustine, George J.; Fitzpatrick, David; Katz, Lawrence C.; LaMantia, Anthony-Samuel; McNamara, James O.; Williams, S. Mark.
Sunderland (MA): Sinauer Associates, Inc. ; c2001

(Full Text Available)

Driving ability in sleep apnoea patients before and after CPAP treatment: evaluation on a road safety platform.

Mazza S, Pepin JL, Naegele B, Rauch E, Deschaux C, Ficheux P, Levy P.HP2 laboratory (hypoxia, pathophysiology) INSERM ERI 0017, Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble, France.


PubMed is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes over 16 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950s. PubMed includes links to full text articles and other related resources.

Be well, Sleep well,


Tuesday, February 13, 2007

New Study Holds Promise for Decreasing Barriers to Sleep Medicine Instruction, Underdiagnosis of Sleep Disorders

Integrated selective: An innovative teaching strategy for sleep medicine instruction for medical students.

Sleep Med. 2007 Mar; 8(2): 144-8. Bandla H, Franco R, Statza T, Feroah T, Rice TB, Poindexter K, Simpson D

OBJECTIVES: Sleep disorders are common among all age groups, but repeated studies have demonstrated that physicians underdiagnose sleep disorders. Lack of curriculum time and the limited number of faculty with expertise in sleep medicine have been cited as major barriers for sleep medicine instruction. This paper describes the development, implementation, and evaluation of an integrated selective in sleep medicine for fourth-year medical students. METHODS: A one-month required fourth-year integrated selective in sleep medicine was implemented at Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). A curriculum was developed, incorporating core competencies of sleep medicine and using a combination of instructional strategies. Three sources of data were used to evaluate the selective: an elective-specific questionnaire, learner ratings, and performance on a pre- and post-knowledge test. RESULTS: Twenty medical students (13 male; 7 female) have completed the selective to date. Lack of exposure to sleep medicine during the first three years of medical school was the most common reason for taking the elective. Student evaluation of the rotation averaged 1.5 on a five-point scale (1=best), above the average for fourth-year rotations. The mean examination scores increased significantly from pre- (56%) to post- (86%) selective (p

(Source: HubMed)

Monday, February 12, 2007

New Radio Podcast Now Available, Guest ASAA's Dave Hargett

(Note: Next week on Let's Talk Sleep Radio, our guest will be

Patrick Sorenson, MA, RPSGT, discussing pediatric sleep studies.)


For this week's broadcast featuring Dave Hargett, go to or go to iTunes and subscribe to the "Let's Talk Sleep" podcasts.

Dave Hargett serves as the Chairman of the Board of the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA), entering his 4th year as Chair. The ASAA is the national non-profit organization that supports those with sleep apnea who need information about the disorder, advocates for them, and works to raise awareness about sleep apnea in the general public, in the workplace, and in the medical profession. The ASAA also fosters the A.W.A.K.E. Network of sleep apnea support groups around the country. See for more information about the ASAA.

Mr. Hargett is a sleep apnea patient turned sleep activist and sleep advocate. Diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea at age 45, he found almost immediate relief and effective therapy with a CPAP set at 13 cm of pressure. Today he is retired from a 30-year career with a major national retailer and spends much of his time on several volunteer activities. He lives in a southwest suburb of Chicago.

When he was first diagnosed and attended his first A.W.A.K.E. group meeting, Mr. Hargett said he had no idea that he would become so involved with sleep apnea. He leads two A.W.A.K.E. groups in the Chicago suburbs that meet monthly, speaks directly with patients on the phone and answers emails for the ASAA.

He also speaks about sleep apnea to church groups, service organizations, corporate employees, other A.W.A.K.E. groups, and wherever else he can find someone to listen! At the 1996 "Great American Sleep Walk" in Washington, DC, he represented all sleep apnea patients when he spoke at the rally on Capitol Hill.