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September 13, 1985

Newly awakened interest in sleep research spans many specialties

JAMA. 1985;254(10):1275-1284. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360100013001

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The diversity of specialists attending recent meetings where sleep research results were presented— chest physicians, neurologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, internists, otolaryngologists, cardiologists, physiologists, and others—reflects the scope of the newly-awakened interest in this relatively young area of medical science (JAMA [MEDICAL NEWS] 1985; 254:1125-1133).

Sessions on sleep-disordered breathing, cosponsored for the first time by the Association of Sleep Disorders Centers and the American College of Chest Physicians (during the latter's 50th annual scientific assembly) drew standingroom only crowds. They heard Martin A. Cohn, MD, suggest that "some 40% to 50% of the population over age 50 [years] may experience sleep-disordered breathing." Cohn, who is director, Sleep Disorders Center, Mt Sinai Medical Center, and assistant professor of medicine, University of Miami (Fla) School of Medicine, says that, "although the spectrum of severity of these disorders is quite wide, about 5% of the general adult population and 10% of men over