Updated June 16, 1999

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MEDIA ALERT!

There is murder trial going on in Arizona where Scott Falater is accused of stabbing his wife 44 times and drowning her while sleepwalking. If you would like to read about it, the Arizona Republic is carrying daily articles about the trial. Several sleep specialists are acting as expert witnesses for Scott. For background information on the case, the Phoenix New Times did a very good story on it. (6/15/99)

CNN Plus Online currently has information on insomnia, sleep apnea, sleepwalking, restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy, snoring and jet lag. There are also sleep tips, preventions & treatments, sleeping aids, message boards and stories.

Read a few current and past articles from the American Sleep Disorders Association's (ASDA), The Journal Sleep. The journal is now edited by Thomas Roth.

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TELEVISION PROGRAMS

| Unsolved Mysteries - Sleepwalking |

Dr. Clete Kushida was scheduled to appear on Inside Edition on Wednesday May 26th. In the Bay Area, it airs on CBS at 4:30 pm. The times and stations will vary from state to state, so check out the CBS link above. (It will let you put in your zip code to find your local CBS station).

The Father of Sleep Medicine, Dr. William Dement will host an online conference, Thursday, May 20, 10 pm EDT! During the online conference he will discuss how to get a good night's sleep and answer questions from participants.

This Web-based event is hosted by BetterHealth.com, a division of iVillage: The Women's Network (iVillage.com), in cooperation with the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). Mark your calendar to log on to betterhealth and check out this online event!

Better Health is also adding more sleep resources to its site, and will also include Dr. Dement in its popular "Ask the Expert" section. Responses to select sleep questions submitted by Internet users will be published, and Dr. Dement will respond to up to four questions a month. (5/20/99)

On April 1, 1998 the Oprah Show had Dr. James Maas, the author of "Power Sleep," as a guest. The subject was Sleep Deprivation in America.

CBS News This Morning aired an interview with Dr. William Dement on Friday, March 13, 1998 between 8:30 and 9 am. The segment title was "Snooze You Can Use."

Inside Edition aired a show about sleep deprivation, victims of sleep disorders and an interview with Dr. William Dement on Friday February 20th. In the Bay Area, it aired on CBS at 4:30 pm. The times and stations will vary from state to state, so check out the CBS link above. (It will let you put in your zip code to find your local CBS station).

ABC's 20/20 had a story about Sleep Deprivation in America on Friday February 27, 1998.

The television show "Breakthrough - Television's Journal of Science and Medicine" aired a segment about sleep apnea scheduled to air the week of December 28, 1997.

An estimated twenty million Americans suffer from a disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea. People with this illness stop breathing frequently during a night's sleep, up to 20 to 30 times per hour. In its severe form, it can be a serious, life-threatening condition.

Our story focuses on two among many developments regarding sleep apnea. First, a researcher has designed a mouthpiece for patients to wear while they sleep, which delivers continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), one of the preferred treatments. It represents a potential improvement over the most common present method, which utilizes a more cumbersome mask apparatus.

Second, there is a growing recognition that children can and do experience sleep apnea. Those who do typically present with fatigue and learning problems, and are frequently misdiagnosed. That erroneous diagnosis is often attention deficit disorder (ADD), which can result in inappropriate treatment.

For everyone in the San Francisco Bay Area, on Thursday June 12, 1997, KTVU Channel 2 (FOX) aired on the ten o'clock news an interview with Dr. Chuck Czeisler from Harvard and an interview with local Activist/Sleep Apnea Patient Mike Davis.  It is exciting because sleep events often do not get much attention, and now that is changing!!

A RE-BROADCAST OF UNS0LOVED MYSTERIES SEGMENT ABOUT SLEEPWALKING! AIRED FRIDAY NIGHT APRIL 11, 1997 ON NBC.

CNN aired sleep segments between 1-2pm (pacific time) starting Monday March 17, 1997. There was different sleep segments shown all week!

NEWSPAPER/MAGAZINE ARTICLES

Good Housekeeping Magazine's October issue contained a one page report titled "Help for Snorers--And those Who Love Them." The report evaluate five snoring remedies that claim to clear the nasal and/or throat air passages to make breathing easier. The products evaluated were Breathe Right Strips, Snore No More tablets and drops, Breathe EZ insert that clips into the nostrils and the Snore-No-More Pillow.

The article states what the products claim to do as well as the snorers' likes and dislikes about the products. There is also a short part on "When Snoring is Serious," when to seek medical attention and doctors remedies for snoring. (CPAP, oral appliances,UPPP surgery, Laser Surgery)

Dr. Barbara Phillips reports that there is an article on The Great American Sleepwalk (1996) with a picture in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA, volume 276, no. 10, page 769.) She said it was a nice writeup and sends congratulations to everybody! The article is titled 'Great American Sleepwalkers Sound the Alarm' and was written by Lynne Lamberg.

Also in the latest JAMA issue is an article titled 'Narcolepsy Researchers Barking Up the Right Tree' also written by Lynne Lamberg.

People Magazine's August 19, 1996 edition reports that former Massachusetts Governor and the 1988 Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis and his wife Kitty were briefly hospitalized in Boston on August 4th for neck injuries they sustained after she apparently fell asleep at the wheel of their car and lost control of it, side-swiping part of a concrete wall and guardrail. Police said that Kitty, who was treated for substance abuse in 1989, had no traces of drugs or alcohol in her body. They are very lucky they did not get killed, or maim or kill someone else. Sleep deprivation and undiagnosed sleep disorders can be hazardous to your health and other innocent victims. If you feel sleepy, let someone else drive and take a nap. Even the young man named "America's Safest Teen Driver" in 1990, later failed to judge how sleepy he was and fell asleep at the wheel and was killed. Senseless tragedies need not happen with a little common sense. Be aware and drive safely!

Dr. Emmanuel Mignot, director of the Stanford Center for Narcolepsy, is quoted in a June 11th New York Times article on new research that suggests sleep seizures are linked to an immune system disease. Mignot, an assistant professor of psychiatry, said the theory hasn't been proved yet. In the same article, Dr. Dale Edgar, acting associate professor of psychiatry, commented on modafinil, a new drug for narcolepsy.

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The daily cartoon strip "FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE" by Lynn Johnston has depicting a sequence involving drowsy driving. In the Friday April 26, 1996 strip, the driver, a young college student, Josef,was falling asleep at the wheel, but he and his passenger, Michael witnessed an accident and helped in the rescue of the driver. May 21 update: Michael visits her in the hospital and asks what happened. Deanna said she fell asleep at the wheel. She had been studying for exams and didn't get much sleep. She became so tired she even began to dream that she was driving, when the wheels touched the shoulder of the road she opened her eyes and hit the gas instead of the brake. This is a most distinct depiction of what happens when someone is sleep-deprived and tries to deny the fatigue. In Deanna's case she was very lucky, most people who fall asleep at the wheel are horribly disfigured, disabled, brain damaged or dead. And other innocent victims suffer the same results.

Jane E. Brody of the NEW YORK TIMES, wrote an article about "SNORING", in the Pesonal Health Section in Wednesday April 24, 1996 edition. On Wednesday, May 1st, she did an article on "SLEEP APNEA". Jane Brody often writes about sleep and sleep disorders, so check the Times archive listings for more articles.

RADIO PROGRAMS

If you live in Northern California, Sacramento, San Francisco and even Reno, Nevada, you may have tuned in to the KCDS 89.9 FM Radio Station located in Angwin at the Pacific Union College (Near Napa, Calistoga, St. Helena) for a sleep mini-marathon of interviews, discussions and questions with sleep professionals from the Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic on Sunday December 1, 1996. The professional guests included Dr. Alex Clerk, Dr. Rafael Pelayo, Dr. William Dement and Angela Giacomini, RPSGT.

The broadcast was from 1pm to 5pm. Rahn Springer, a sleep apnea victim who has had surgery for apnea, had organized the event and was one of the hosts. Mike Davis, a sleep activist and apnea victim will also be there with a patients perspective. Rahn and Mike are members of the Stanford A.W.A.K.E. (Alert, Well and Keeping Energetic) Group.

Dave Hargett, President of the Elk Grove A.W.A.K.E. group and sleep activist taped a 25 minute interview about sleep apnea, that was aired on September 7th, 1996 at 6:30 am and 12:00 noon. The interview was part of the public service program "For Your Information", produced by WJCH, a Joliet, IL FM radio station. WJCH, a 50,000 watt station, is one of 38 AM & FM stations in the Family Stations, Inc. network, a group of non-denominational religious radio stations, which broadcasts to much of the US and around the world via it's shortwave stations. His interview was heard in the Chicago and Northern Illinois area only.

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ONLINE EVENTS/PROGRAMS

Discovery Channel Online featured a continuing story on "One Man's Quest for a Good Night's Sleep," by writer Vince Rause, during the month of January 1997. Vince Rause is a writer based in Pittsburgh whose work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and Philadelphia Magazine.  Vince was desperately seeking REM!

LECTURES/PRESS CONFERENCES

The National Sleep Foundation held a press conference June 3, 1997 at the New York Academy of Sciences, to introduce the results of the 1997 National Sleep Foundation Gallup Survey on Sleepiness in America. For more information on the results of the survey, go to the National Sleep Foundation - What's New Section.

Among the findings are that one-third of American adults report having experienced daytime sleepiness that interfered with their day-to-day activities.  Of those, only 17% have consulted a physician about the problem.

The address of the New York Academy of Sciences is: 2 East 63rd Street in New York City. The phone number is: (212) 838-0230.

The National Sleep Foundation's e-mail address is: natsleep@erols.com

The Silver Anniversary Year Launch Event took place at Stanford University April 21, 1997.

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