Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Sleep research focusing on adults with Down syndrome

From Edinburgh News:
A study by Edinburgh University and NHS Lothian is calling for adults aged 16 and over with Down's syndrome, and their carers, to take part in research into sleep patterns.

Sleep apnoea - pauses in breathing during the night - affects around two to four per cent of adults. It is more common in people with Down's syndrome, but the exact prevalence among adults with Down's is unknown.

Disrupted breathing during the night can affect a person's health, with an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and high blood pressure.

The research aims to recruit as many people with Down's syndrome as possible to fill in a questionnaire.

Following analysis of the home sleep study, 70 adults with Down's syndrome and sleep-disordered breathing will be invited to a clinical trial.

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