Risk Factors, Signs, and Symtoms of Sleep Apnea


March is National Sleep Awareness Month

Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea


Being male
Being overweight
Being over age 40
Having a large neck size (17 inches or greater in men and 16 inches or greater in women)
Having large tonsils, a large tongue, or a small jaw bone
Having a family history of sleep apnea
Gastroesophageal reflux, or GERD
Nasal obstruction due to a deviated septum, allergies, or sinus problems


Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea include:


Loud Snoring – The person may alternate between loud snoring and being very quiet.  Periods of silence may be followed by gasps or snorting sounds.
Observed pauses in breathing – The sleeping partner may notice that the sufferer has temporarily stopped breathing.
Excessive sleepiness – He or she may fall asleep while watching TV, reading, attending meetings or driving.  The person may wake up tired, even after a full night’s sleep.
Morning headaches – The person may consistently wake up with [ ... ]

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Economic Impact: Another Way Our Hospital Makes a Difference

Adair County Health System is a good example of something that is a vital part of our immediate environment that it is easy to take for granted.  Yet, its excellence is enormously important to our community and region.

Having a first-rate medical center close at hand is essential to the quality of life of every Adair County resident.  The presence in our community of a superb medical facility also makes Adair County more competitive as it seeks the economic growth that is so important to the future of the city and region.  It’s no secret that two of the factors of critical importance in corporate decision-making about site selection are the quality of a town’s schools and the ready availability of comprehensive, top-quality health care.

Consequently, it is no exaggeration to assert that Adair County Health System’s excellence helps Adair County achieve its dreams for tomorrow.

But there’s more to the story.

A 2013 [ ... ]

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Safe Toys For The Holidays

By Amy O’Rourke, RN, BSN

Christmas is a time for giving, however during this holiday season consumers should be thinking about what types of gifts they are giving to children. 50 percent of toy related injuries result in an ER visit. Many toy-related deaths are caused by choking or strangulation. Riding toys including non-motorized scooters and tricycles are associated with more injuries than any other toy group.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) works to protect consumers from products that could cause harm such as toys, cribs, and power tools. The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 required the CPSC to issue labeling requirements for toys and games. The Child Safety Protection Act requires choking hazard warning labels. This act also bans any toys that could pose a choking, aspiration or ingestion hazard for children under 3 years of age.  When purchasing toys for your children it is very [ ... ]


Great American Smokeout!

Today, November 17, is the Great American Smokeout.

Approximately 70% of adult smokers in the U.S. report they want to quit completely. Smokers may take part and quit for the day or make plans to quit permanently. Many also use the day as a chance to encourage their friends and loved ones to quit smoking.

Learn more about the Great American Smokeout  http://bit.ly/sUPnCO

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A Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test Will Take Place on Nov. 9th

A Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test Will Take Place On November 9, 2011.   The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The nationwide test will occur on Wednesday, November 9 at 1 p.m. central time and may last up to three and a half minutes. The public will hear a message indicating that “This is a test.” The audio message will be the same for both radio, television, and cable. The National-level EAS is a public alert and warning system that enables the President of the United States to address the American public during extreme emergencies. Similar to local EAS tests that are conducted frequently, the Nationwide Test will involve broadcast radio and television stations, cable television, satellite radio and television services [ ... ]

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