Breathing stops despite frantic efforts and oxygen drops… until sleep is interrupted, the throat pops open with a loud snoring, breathing resumes and sleep proceeds until the next apnea. The average patient experiences 250 to 400 apneas per night, and is completely unaware that this is happening…
OSA leads to snoring and daytime sleepiness, high blood pressure as well as cerebral and cardiac accidents; it also increases the risk of traffic accidents by seven times. Data from Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Australia, Canada and the USA are concordant: OSA has been estimated to be responsible for 5 to 10 % of all motor vehicle accidents.
Despite clear evidence of this dangerous effect, and of its possible correction with an adequate treatment, only nine European Countries include sleep apnea among the diseases to be considered at the time of delivering a driving license. Moreover, there is no unique attitude among different countries on how to assess the severity of the disease, or the effects of treatment, or who is to decide on the fate of the potentially dangerous driver.
Every effort should be made to put Sleepiness and Obstructive Sleep Apnea on the agenda of European Transport Authorities. The Comitology procedure appears as a pragmatic and feasible approach. OSA could be included in the next amendment to Annex III while sleepiness could be addressed with information and education campaigns.
On 12 and 13 October 2007, COST Action B26 hosted a working meeting with international experts to discuss the best way to include OSA within the health disorders representing a serious risk for traffic accidents in the entire European Union. The meeting was organised by the Centre for Sleep Medicine, Cliniques universitaires Saint-Luc, Université catholique de Louvain in Brussels.
Further to this initiative, a meeting with the High Commission on transport was held, where COST Action B26 had the chance to present their suggestions for the future inclusion of OSA under the Annex III for European Driving Regulations.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is not important only in itself; if introduced in the driving license regulations in all European Countries it may also serve as a marker for the whole domain of fatigue and sleepiness while driving. We are convinced that this domain needs to be brought to the attention of all drivers, private and professionals alike. Are you?
Daniel Rodenstein | alfa
Researchers identify cause of hereditary skeletal muscle disorder
22.02.2017 | Klinikum der Universität München
Second cause of hidden hearing loss identified
20.02.2017 | Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan
In the field of nanoscience, an international team of physicists with participants from Konstanz has achieved a breakthrough in understanding heat transport
Cells need to repair damaged DNA in our genes to prevent the development of cancer and other diseases. Our cells therefore activate and send “repair-proteins”...
The Fraunhofer IWS Dresden and Technische Universität Dresden inaugurated their jointly operated Center for Additive Manufacturing Dresden (AMCD) with a festive ceremony on February 7, 2017. Scientists from various disciplines perform research on materials, additive manufacturing processes and innovative technologies, which build up components in a layer by layer process. This technology opens up new horizons for component design and combinations of functions. For example during fabrication, electrical conductors and sensors are already able to be additively manufactured into components. They provide information about stress conditions of a product during operation.
The 3D-printing technology, or additive manufacturing as it is often called, has long made the step out of scientific research laboratories into industrial...
Nature does amazing things with limited design materials. Grass, for example, can support its own weight, resist strong wind loads, and recover after being...
Nanometer-scale magnetic perforated grids could create new possibilities for computing. Together with international colleagues, scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) have shown how a cobalt grid can be reliably programmed at room temperature. In addition they discovered that for every hole ("antidot") three magnetic states can be configured. The results have been published in the journal "Scientific Reports".
Physicist Dr. Rantej Bali from the HZDR, together with scientists from Singapore and Australia, designed a special grid structure in a thin layer of cobalt in...
13.02.2017 | Event News
10.02.2017 | Event News
09.02.2017 | Event News
22.02.2017 | Power and Electrical Engineering
22.02.2017 | Life Sciences
22.02.2017 | Innovative Products