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  • Is sleep apnea a pre-existing condition for life insurance?

    May 16 2019...
    When most obstructive sleep apnea patients think about “insurance,” they typically ask questions like, “Are my CPAP supplies covered by insurance?” or, “Will my sleep study be covered by insurance?” or, “Is my durable medical equipment provider in-network with my PPO?” READ MORE>>
  • New sleep apnea and oral appliance guidelines drafted: Send in your comments

    Feb 09 2015...
    The AASM requests your comments on draft guidelines for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and snoring with oral appliances. The AASM is looking for comments on this paper from anyone with an interest in oral appliance therapy or sleep apnea treatments who wish to submit their feedback. This can include:
    • AASM members
    • AADSM members
    • Nonmember health care professionals
    • Patients
    • Insurance and oral appliance companies
    • Advocacy groups
    • Professional medical societies
    This comment period is part of a new guideline development process that the AASM has adopted based on recommendations by the Institute of Medicine. The public comment period is open from Monday, February 9 through Monday, February 23. READ MORE>>
  • Aaron Taylor interviewed about his sleep apnea in USA Today

    Dec 13 2013...
    CBS College Football analyst and former NFL player Aaron Taylor spoke about his experience with obstructive sleep apnea in a special supplement in this weekend's edition of USA Today. Taylor is partnering with the American Academy of Sleep Medicine to raise public awareness of the sleep disorder.

    The death of friend and teammate Reggie White, who likely had sleep apnea, served as a wake up call for Taylor. His suspicions about his own sleep were confirmed when he had a sleep study and was diagnosed with sleep apnea. READ MORE>>
  • Aaron Taylor warns young football players to be aware of sleep apnea risk

    Aug 08 2013...
    CBS sports college football analyst Aaron Taylor understands the urgent need to detect and treat obstructive sleep apnea. Two of his close friends had OSA and died prematurely. One of those friends was Reggie White, his teammate on the Green Bay Packers. White died in 2004 at the age of 43. Sleep apnea contributed to the heart condition that took his life.

    “Even at a young age, ignoring the symptoms of sleep apnea leads to dangerous consequences – as I’ve seen firsthand for fellow players and friends who have struggled with this condition,” said Taylor.

    As elite lineman, both White and Taylor had the size and strength to excel on the football field. But their size also put them at risk for sleep apnea. Excess body weight is the major risk factor for OSA. READ MORE>>