Philips Expands its Sleep & Respiratory Care Portfolio with the Acquisition of NightBalance

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, today announced that it has acquired NightBalance, a digital health scale-up company based in the Netherlands, that has developed an innovative, easy to use device to treat positional obstructive sleep apnea and positional snoring. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.
Source: eHealth News EU - Category: Information Technology Tags: Featured Philips Business and Industry Source Type: news

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Publication date: September 2018Source: Biomedical Signal Processing and Control, Volume 46Author(s): Mrunal N. Markandeya, Udantha R. Abeyratne, Craig HukinsAbstractBackgroundObstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with partial (hypopnea) and full (apnea) upper airway obstructions. The standard method for identifying these obstructions and leading to OSA diagnosis is overnight polysomnography (PSG). One of the important outcomes of PSG is the apnea-hypopnea index (AHI), which represents the average number of obstructions per hour, computed over the total duration of sleep. AHI is a single number summary of the dynamic...
Source: Biomedical Signal Processing and Control - Category: Biomedical Science Source Type: research
Abstract The relationship of sleep and migraine is unequivocal and familiarity with the nature and magnitude of these associations may inform clinical practice. Recent prospective, longitudinal, and time-series analysis has begun to unravel the magnitude and temporal patterns of sleep and migraine. Prospective evidence has shown that sleep variables can trigger acute migraine, precede and predict new onset headache by several years, and indeed, sleep disturbance and snoring are risk factors for chronification. The presence of a sleep disorder is associated with more frequent and severe migraine and portends a poor...
Source: Headache - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Headache Source Type: research
Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) in pregnancy can present as snoring and/or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and the prevalence is increasing due to the increase in maternal obesity. Pregnant women often present with fatigue and daytime sleepiness rather than the classic symptoms. Habitual snoring, older age, chronic hypertension, and high prepregnancy body mass index are reliable indicators of increased risk for SDB and should trigger further testing. The gold standard for diagnosis of OSA is an overnight laboratory polysomnography. Although there are no studies linking SDB to poor fetal outcomes, fetal well-being remains p...
Source: Sleep Medicine Clinics - Category: Sleep Medicine Authors: Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: Prevalence and major risk factors within the UAE are similar to those in other countries. Sleeping disorders and snoring campaigns and management facilities should be considered to raise the awareness about these issues and manage their risk factors.
Source: Annals of Thoracic Medicine - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Source Type: research
Combined insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea has been the focus of considerable research with respect to its health effects. A related issue is whether sleep disturbances in combination with snoring might exert effects on objective sleep variables in the non-clinical general population. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the polysomnographical characteristics of individuals who had sought medical help for both disturbed sleep and for snoring. No previous work of this type has been carried out.
Source: Sleep Medicine - Category: Sleep Medicine Authors: Source Type: research
Conclusions:Association ofθavg with OAI and OAHI shows thatθavg reflects airway obstruction and has potential use as a quantitative indicator of OSA. RIP provides valuable information that is readily available in PSG. The significant difference betweenθavg in stage N3 sleep and stage R sleep confirms the clinical observation that there is more asynchrony during rapid eye movement sleep than non-rapid eye movement sleep.Citation:Bronstein JZ, Xie L, Shaffer TH, Chidekel A, Heinle R. Quantitative analysis of thoracoabdominal asynchrony in pediatric polysomnography.J Clin Sleep Med. 2018;14(7):1169–1176.
Source: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine : JCSM - Category: Sleep Medicine Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 10 July 2018Source: Respiratory Physiology &NeurobiologyAuthor(s): Sara Invitto, Antonio Calcagnì, Giulia Piraino, Vincenzo Ciccarese, Michela Balconi, Marina De Tommaso, Domenico Maurizio ToraldoAbstractObstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSA) is characterized by snoring associated with repeated apnea and/or obstructive hypopnea. The nasal airways of OSA patients, measured via acoustic rhinometry, are significantly narrower than healthy subjects and this narrow nasal structure can reduce olfactory function. The relationship between nasal structure and olfactory function, assesse...
Source: Respiratory Physiology and Neurobiology - Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 6 July 2018Source: Journal of the Chinese Medical AssociationAuthor(s): Hao-Chun Hu, Chin-Lung Kuo, Tao-Hsin Tung, Szu-Chi Chen, Lieber Po-Hung LIAbstractBackgroundMost previous reports on palatal implantation for patients with severe obstructive sleep apnea have been anecdotal. Our objective in this study was to assess the long-term outcomes of palatal implantations from objective as well as subjective perspectives when applied to patients with severe obstructive sleep apnea and prominent retropalatal collapse.MethodsThis retrospective review was conducted in a single institution using s...
Source: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
We report a case of obstructive sleep apnea that occurred as a result of Forestier disease and describe the surgical treatment that was performed.SummaryThe patient is a 56-year-old man who presented dysphagia for solids and liquids, snoring (score 10) and excessive daytime sleepiness for 5 years. On fiber optic laryngoscopy examination, there was interarytenoid edema and protrusion of the posterior wall of the larynx. The cervical X-Ray showed protrusion of intervertebral disc between C3–C5 (skeletal hyperostosis) and the polysomnography revealed apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) of 56 events/h. Surgery was performed by th...
Source: European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Diseases - Category: ENT & OMF Source Type: research
ConclusionsRecent evidence highlighted in this systematic review implicates the role of neurogenic pathology underlying the loss of soft palate and/or uvular tone in the progression of snoring to sleep apnea.
Source: American Journal of Otolaryngology - Category: Endocrinology Source Type: research
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