itulsupport, Author at Contra Costa Sleep Center CC Sleep Center BASS

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CPAP May Improve Your Memory!

(extracted from CHEST Magazine, 12/2014) Patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may improve their memory by using Continuous Positive Airway Pressure(CPAP). A study published in the December issue of CHEST shows that the majority of patients with OSA, who were memory-impaired prior to treatment, demonstrated normal memory performance after 3 months of optimal CPAP use. […]

The Importance of Good Sleep

Sleep. It’s something we spend about a third of our lives doing, but do we really understand what it’s all about? Recent research may shed new light on this question. We’ve found that sleep may actually be a kind of elegant design solution to some of the brain’s most basic needs, a unique way that […]

Better Sex with CPAP!

Adherence to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy in men with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and erectile dysfunction (ED) significantly improves erections and sexual desire, a randomized controlled study has found. This finding should motivate men with both ED and OSA — a common co-occurrence — to use their prescribed CPAP machine nightly. Kerri Melehan, […]

ENT and Sleep Disorders

DR FORD SPEAKS ON ENT ISSUES AND SLEEP DISORDERS Dr. Ford, is board certified in Otolaryngology and has his practice with the Contra Costa Ear,Nose and Throat. He spoke at the Winter Support Group meeting on “Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) issues and Sleep Disorders.” There are many ENT problems that can effect sleep but […]


PAT McBRIDE TALKS ABOUT INSOMNIA Pat McBride spoke to the last AWAKE meeting on Oct17th. She reviewed many of the issues surrounding insomnia. As a specialist in the dental treatment of sleep apnea, a board member of the Physicological Dentistry and Medicine Association, and Dental Sleep Medicine Consulting and Practice Management, she noted that Insomina […]

Vendor Fair

Editors Comment It seems that there has been a proliferation of new lightweight CPAP masks and nasal pillows – some even in shades of pastel. This is perhaps an improvement for those patients that can use them. For those of us, and I am one of them, who move about while sleeping the older more robust mask and/or nasal pillow assembly seems […]

Afraid to Ask ?’s

“Everything you need to know about CPAP – But were afraid to ask!” founders of the Sleep Apnea Patient Support Group 19 years ago), ably assisted by Bill Stoll of Timberlake Respiratory Care gave an excellent presentation to the Support Group at the spring meeting on “Everything you need to know about PAP.” Lori traced […]

Saving Your Life

Why a Sleep Apnea Diagnosis May Save Your Life by Yoni Freedhoff, MD (assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Ottawa) in U.S. News& World Report – Feb 7, 2013 It’s one of the most under diagnosed conditions around, and I’d argue that, in a sense, the diagnosis of sleep apnea is more […]

Altitude and Sleep Apnea

DRUG MAY AID SLEEP APNEA AT ALTITUDE (The following article may be of interest to those who have occasion to be at altitudes above 5000′) People with sleep apnea can safely travel to high altitudes with the help of a diuretic and a commonly used breathing device, a new study from Switzerland suggests. Researchers found acetazolamide […]

Vendor Fair – New Masks

VENDOR FAIR FEATURES NEW CPAP MASKS The July Support Group meeting hosted the annual Vendor Fair and was attended by representatives from Respironics, ResMed, the Contra Costa Sleep Center and Oxygen Plus, Inc. The manufacturers present displayed and demonstrated their new CPAP masks and existing line of CPAP machines. Doug Lockwood from Respironics presented their […]