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WSU study finds sleep apnea severity higher in African-American men in certain age ranges

April 16, 2013

A new study suggests that obstructive sleep apnea severity is higher in African-American men in certain age ranges, even after controlling for body mass index (BMI). "The results show that in certain age groups, after correcting for other demographic factors, the severity of sleep apnea as measured by the apnea-hypopnea index is higher in African-American males than Caucasian males," said James Rowley, the study's senior investigator, professor of medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine and Medical Director of the Detroit Receiving Hospital Sleep Disorders Center. The study appears in the April 15 issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, the official publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.