Science & Health: Sleep apnea: What's the connection to asthma?

GHHEditor June 15th, 2015

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) highlighted a recent study which found adults who suffer from asthma may have an increased chance of having sleep apnea. The study started in 1988, with 550 research participants from the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort. Volunteers completed general health questionnaires in addition to an overnight sleep test done at their research site every four years.

In the beginning of the study, 27% of those who had asthma also suffered from sleep apnea compared to just 16% of the people who didn't have asthma. In the end, the study found that those with asthma faced almost a 40% chance of having sleep apnea but could not prove a direct cause-and-effect relationship.

What can you do?

The East Harlem Asthma Center of Excellence (EHACE) provides individuals and families with FREE services to help control asthma and improve their overall health. These services include one-on-one asthma counseling, community health workshops and referrals for indoor pest and mold removal. EHACE is a program of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s East and Central Harlem District Public Health Office.

 

To read the full article, click here.

To read more about the study, click here.

 

 

 

 

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