Sleep Apnea Aid Eases Heart Problems in People With Prediabetes | Health News

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Continuous positive airway pressure treatment, commonly known as CPAP, can lower heart disease risk in people with prediabetes, according to a new study.

In prediabetes, blood sugar levels are above normal but not high enough to be considered diabetes. CPAP is used to treat obstructive sleep apnea, a disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. A CPAP machine uses a mask to deliver steady air pressure into a person’s airway.

This new study found that, among people with prediabetes and sleep apnea, those who used CPAP for two weeks saw their resting heart rate fall by four to five beats per minute, compared to those who didn’t use CPAP.

With optimal CPAP treatment, heart rates were not only lower at night but also during the day, according to the report published Oct. 1 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

“That’s significant,” said study author Dr. Esra Tasali, director of sleep research at University of Chicago Medicine.

Even a drop of one beat per minute in resting heart rate can lower the future risk of heart disease and death, she noted in a university news release.

“A four- to five-beat-per-minute drop in heart rate that we observed is comparable to what you would get from regular exercise,” Tasali said. “Our breakthrough finding is the carryover of the lowered resting heart rate into the daytime and the cardiovascular benefit of that.”

About one billion people worldwide have obstructive sleep apnea, and more than 60% of them have prediabetes or diabetes. About 80% of people with apnea are undiagnosed, the researchers noted.

The findings are especially timely because people with diabetes or heart problems are among the most vulnerable to COVID-19, the study authors pointed out.

“Any way we can improve cardiovascular health is more important than ever these days,” Tasali said.

The findings show the need for people who have prediabetes, diabetes or sleeping problems to be screened for sleep apnea, said study author Dr. Sushmita Pamidi, a sleep physician-scientist at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The American Academy of Family Physicians has more on prediabetes.

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Seal Beach Rite Aid Offers Flu Shots, Coronavirus Testing

SEAL BEACH, CA — Need a flu shot? or a coronavirus test? Rite Aid now offers flu shots and has opened additional, no-charge COVID-19 drive-thru testing at pharmacies across the state.

This year isn’t like most in the past and health officials are encouraging people to get a flu shot.

“Getting a flu shot early is more important than ever this year to maintain a healthy immune system as the COVID-19 pandemic and flu season converge,” the company said.

Several new Rite Aid drive-thru testing sites were added in California in September:

  • 12541 Seal Beach Blvd., Seal Beach

  • 405 West Main St., Brawley

  • 11200 Olive Dr., Bakersfield

  • 16120 Bear Valley Rd., Victorville

  • 1309 Fulton Ave., Sacramento

Pharmacists will oversee coronavirus testing and offer simple self-swab nasal tests from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

All adults 18 years old or older, even if they are not exhibiting virus symptoms, are eligible for testing and need to pre-register at www.riteaid.com.

Through its partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Rite Aid opened 39 new locations across California, Oregon, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Virginia, and now operates a total of 303 testing sites across 15 states.

Learn more and schedule a COVID-19 test at a Rite Aid testing site.
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This article originally appeared on the Los Alamitos-Seal Beach Patch

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COVID-19 or something else? DOH releases flowchart to aid parents, school officials

ALBANY — Is it COVID-19 or something else? A diagnosis can determine when your child may return to school.

As New York schools brace for flu season, the state Department of Health has released a COVID-19 flowchart to help parents and school administrators decide if students should stay home and whether contact tracing is necessary.

The health department’s “Pre-K-12 COVID-10 Toolkit” also outlines the protocols for staff who have symptoms or may have been exposed to the virus.

Classic COVID-19 symptoms like a cough or nasal congestion may resemble the flu or the common cold which would not necessarily require students to isolate for at least 10 days or trigger contact tracing.


Symptoms of the respiratory disease may include a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater, feverishness or chills, a cough, loss of taste or smell, fatigue, sore throat, shortness of breath,  and headaches.

Any students or staff members who suspect they have been exposed to the illness or recently traveled to a COVID-19 hotspot must provide a negative test result before returning to the classroom.

Those who are showing symptoms must visit a healthcare provider and either take a COVID-19 test or provide proof of any alternative diagnosis before going back to school.

Positive?

Anyone who tests positive for the virus must quarantine for 10 days from the onset of symptoms and must be fever-free for 72 hours before returning to a school building.

Once a positive case is reported, county health officials will contact the individual to discuss the case and begin to contact tracing.

All family members of the infected person must quarantine for at least 14 days.

Schools will compile a list of anyone who has interacted with the infected person at a close distance for more than 15 minutes.

Negative?

A student or employee who tests negative for the virus may return to school with a lab result or a physician’s note.

If a doctor does not suspect COVID-19 and attributes the symptoms to a pre-existing chronic condition or a lab-confirmed illness like the flu or strep throat, the symptomatic person would not be required to take a COVID-19 test.

Symptoms must be improving and the person should be fever-free for at least 24 hours.  There should also be no vomiting or diarrhea for at least 12 hours before the person resumes in-person school.

Anyone who is prescribed an antibiotic must complete 24 hours of the medication prior to returning to school.

Don’t know?

If test results are not available within 48 hours, the county health department would presume the case positive, and contact tracing would begin.

Schools will compile a list of anyone who has had interacted with the person at a close distance — less than six feet — for more than 15 minutes.

Once the test results are received and if they are negative, county health officials will discontinue the process of contact tracing.

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Michigan Dems Brace for Disaster After Court Blocks Guv’s COVID Restrictions

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is still reeling from the state’s highest court dismantling the authority she has used to fight the public health pandemic as the future of the state’s coronavirus response spirals into confusion.In a 4-3 decision released Friday, the Michigan Supreme Court found that a key law relied on by the governor during the pandemic “is in violation of the Constitution,” according to the ruling, because it allowed the governor undue legislative power.The move was a devastating political and policy setback for one of the leading Democratic voices during the coronavirus pandemic as the partisan fight over state restrictions continues to play out across the country.“This is in my opinion a disaster that the Supreme Court ruled in this way,” said Rep. Yousef Rabhi, the House Democratic floor leader. “I would say that this is comparable to a dog chasing a car, and now that the Republicans have caught the car, they don’t know what to do it with it because this creates a ripple effect throughout both public health and economic issues.”But it was welcome news for Republicans who have long been critical of Whitmer’s approach as the months passed by during the pandemic. GOP leaders who control the state House and Senate had also earlier sued Whitmer over her use of emergency executive authority in a separate case from the state Supreme Court decision, according to a May press release from the Senate majority leader’s office.In an interview with The Daily Beast, House Majority floor leader Triston Cole said his “constituents have felt that their voice was shut out from the process because of the governor using exclusively executive orders.”“At this point in time it’s important that we try our best to get Michigan back to normal economically and get our businesses functioning that have been forcibly put out of business by now what is deemed an unconstitutional action by the governor,” Cole said.As of Monday, Michigan has more than 128,900 confirmed cases during the pandemic, according to state health data, with 6,816 deaths as a result. In another portion of the decision, the high court was unanimous that Whitmer lacked the authority to continue the state of emergency after April 30 on her own by using a different emergency act, according to the ruling.The ruling will create a “significant change” on the state’s coronavirus response, said Meryl Chertoff, executive director of the Georgetown Project on State and Local Government Policy and Law.“It’s going to impede (Whitmer’s) ability to efficiently manage the crisis because it’s going to eliminate the flexibility inherent in executive management,” Chertoff said.The emergency authority used by governors in an effort to keep the public safe has been a fraught political issue during the pandemic. Democratic governors across the country have faced criticism and legislative and legal challenges from Republicans in their states to the moves as the attempts have tried to undercut the elected leaders stricter responses and