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What is Sarcoidosis?

What is Sarcoidosis?

by Natalie (SU)
Have you or someone you know been recently diagnosed with sarcoidosis? You may never have heard of this illness before because it affects only about 0.02% of the population. In fact, many people that have sarcoidosis either don’t know they do because they have no symptoms, or it is found in an X-ray that is taken for a completely unrelated matter. The disease itself consists of nodules caused by inflammation in the lungs, as well as other organs in the body. While there are some common symptoms usually involving a person’s lungs, the specific organs affected by the disease will determine which symptoms will appear. To understand how this illness might affect you or a loved one, it helps if you know what sarcoidosis is, what causes it, and what the symptoms and treatments might be.

Infographic: Teeth Grinding Guide

by Shearly (SU)
Are you grinding your teeth? How to tell if teeth grinding is affecting you!

What are Parasomnias?

What are Parasomnias?

by Yenny (SU)
Do you or someone you know have trouble sleeping because of strange behaviors or activities during the night? This may be the result of a parasomnia. Parasomnias are a group of sleeping disorders that interfere with sleep, and are characterized by abnormal movements, activities, emotions, perceptions, or behaviors that occur while you are trying to fall asleep, while you are asleep, or while you are waking up. These activities may look completely normal and purposeful to an observer, but the person with a parasomnia is asleep and he or she will often have no memory of them when they wake. There are a number of disorders included under the heading of parasomnias, each with their own symptoms that are often associated with the phase of the sleep cycle in which they occur.

What is SHAPE Testing?

What is SHAPE Testing?

by Yenny (SU)
SHAPE™ is a diagnostic test for pulmonary hypertension, a life-threatening condition. SHAPE stands for Submaximal Heart And Pulmonary Evaluation. For some patients, it can replace the need for invasive testing that carries some serious risks.

How Sleep Medicine Impacts Every Area of Your Life

How Sleep Medicine Impacts Every Area of Your Life

by Shearly (SU)
Do you have trouble falling asleep, or even staying asleep? Or maybe your sleep is interrupted with restlessness, terrors, or involuntary leg movements. If you are plagued with sleep problems, you probably feel it during the day, experiencing sleepiness, irritability, and increased hunger. Sleep disorders pose a significant health risk. In fact, the leading cause of driver fatalities in heavy truck motor vehicle accidents is fatigue. And those that suffer from sleep disorders can experience an array of problems from fatigue and headaches during the day, to difficulty concentrating, depression, and even high blood pressure or heart disease. Sleep medicine is a medical specialty dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, and finding the right sleep medicine provider can have a positive impact on every area of your life.