In this "Medical Minute" segment, WABE senior correspondent Jim Burress and medical analyst Dr. Ford Vox talk about home-based testing for sleep apnea, a sleep disorder in which breathing is repeatedly interrupted while a person sleeps. This problem affects 25 percent of adults aged 30 to 70 and leads to dangerous fatigue that can cause traffic accidents.
It’s worrisome enough to the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority that they’ll offer testing to all 20,000 of their employees who have hands at the controls. Now highly reliable, home-based sleep testing stands to make this effort far more practical, and cheaper, and it may be an option for everyday consumers too.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Chai-Coetzer et al. "Physician Decision Making and Clinical Outcomes With Laboratory Polysomnography or Limited-Channel Sleep Studies for Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Randomized Trial." Annals of Internal Medicine. 2017 Jan 24. doi: 10.7326/M16-1301.
"MTA approves systemwide sleep apnea screenings." am New York. 2017 Jan. 25.