Top stories in health and medicine, May 21, 2015

medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Sleep Apnea Linked to Depression in Men. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with an increased risk of depression in men.
  2. Tapering Asthma Meds Saves Money in Stable Patients. Reducing asthma medications in stable patients led to cost savings without increasing utilization of other asthma resources.
  3. Poor Sleep May Exacerbate Asthma in Urban Kids. Stressors in urban settings, such as noise and overcrowding, triggered poor sleep quality in young children, which seemed to exacerbate symptoms if they had asthma and allergy rhinitis.
  4. Blood Pressure: If White Coat Causes Spike Heart Risk Climbs. Hypertension seen in the office but not on home monitoring or vice versa might still carry some cardiovascular risk, as may lack of night-time dipping even among normotensives, according to two separate studies supporting 24-hour monitoring.

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