Case Reports

Sleeping Pills Linked to Risk of Death

Sleeping pills and anti-anxiety drugs and have been linked to an increased risk of death, according to new research from the University of Warwick. The large study, published in BMJ, shows that several anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) drugs or hypnotic drugs (sleeping pills) are associated with a doubling in the risk of mortality.

Curated Content

Insomnia Affects 25% of Taiwanese Aged 65 and Older

The Taipei Times reports on new research by the Taiwan Society of Sleep Medicine. Nearly one in two Taiwanese 65 or older has trouble sleeping at least once a week and about 25 percent of them suffer from chronic insomnia, new research by the Taiwan Society of Sleep Medicine shows.

Research News

Researchers ID Gene That Represses Circadian Clock

Most genes involved in the regulation of the circadian clock have been characterized, but Akihiro Goriki, Toru Takumi, and their colleagues from RIKEN and Hiroshima University in Japan and the University of Michigan in the United States knew that a key component was missing and sough to uncover it in mammals.

Regulatory News

FAA Asks Industry to Review Sleep Apnea Guidance, Rulemaking Appears Unlikely

In response to concerns from the aviation medical community, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) earlier this month sent draft guidance for Aviation Medical Examiners (AMEs) on obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) to industry medical representatives to review. Untreated OSA has always been and will continue to be a disqualifying medical condition, the agency reiterated.

Industry News

Sleep Apnea Device Market to Grow 16% from 2012 to 2016

Research and Markets added the “Global Sleep Apnea Diagnostic and Therapeutic Devices Market Report” to its offering. The analysts forecast the global sleep apnea diagnostic and therapeutic devices market to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 16.37% over the period 2012 to 2016.