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Monthly Archives: November 2012

An “Elbow Test” May Predict Sleep Apnea

Dr. Mark Fenton

Have you ever been “elbowed” by your bed partner because you were snoring? If you have, new Canadian research says this could be a sign that you have obstructive sleep apnea, a serious breathing problem that interrupts your sleep. In a study, researchers from the University of Saskatchewan asked 124 patients referred to a Sleep Disorders Centre if they have ever been poked or elbowed because they were snoring or stopped breathing. Afterwards, the patients underwent polysomnography testing that monitored their breathing while sleeping. The researchers then compared the polysomnography scores to whether the patient answered ‘yes’ to being elbowed

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COPD in Canada


COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. COPD is a long-term lung disease often caused by smoking. COPD includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Many people with COPD have both bronchitis and emphysema. Learn more about COPD

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