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Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome: an emerging chronic disease

This series of articles, published in Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine, provides the newest research and comprehensive background information on obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS), an underdiagnosed chronic disease characterized by recurrent episodes of apneas and hypopneas during sleep, associated with repetitive episodes of intermittent hypoxemia, intrathoracic pressure changes, arousals, and excessive daytime sleepiness.  OSAS is considered as risk factor for cancer. Patients with untreated OSAS are at significantly increased risk of cardiovascular, metabolic, neurocognitive disease and motor vehicle accidents (MVAs). The European Commission recommended mandatory testing for OSAS, before a driver's license is granted or renewed. In Italy the Ministry of Health recognizes OSAS as a very important public health issue.

The articles aim to provide an up-to-date information on this topic.

  1. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a worldwide highly prevalent disease associated with systemic consequences, including excessive sleepiness, impairment of neurocognitive function and daytime performance, inclu...

    Authors: Marta Marin-Oto, Eugenio E. Vicente and Jose M. Marin
    Citation: Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine 2019 14:21
  2. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a highly prevalent disease, and is traditionally associated with increased cardiovascular risk. The role of comorbidities in OSA patients has emerged recently, and new conditio...

    Authors: Maria R. Bonsignore, Pierpaolo Baiamonte, Emilia Mazzuca, Alessandra Castrogiovanni and Oreste Marrone
    Citation: Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine 2019 14:8
  3. Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is a common sleep disorder that is associated with daytime symptoms and a range of comorbidity and mortality. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy is highly efficac...

    Authors: Kate Sutherland, Kristina Kairaitis, Brendon J. Yee and Peter A. Cistulli
    Citation: Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine 2018 13:44