Is night-time asthma really obstructive sleep apnoea?

Australian researchers say patients with OSA are more than twice as likely to have nocturnal wheeze

Patients reporting nocturnal asthma-like symptoms may really have obstructive sleep apnoea, Australian research suggests.

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The findings have led the authors to call for those who have woken at least once in the past 12 months with a feeling of tightness in the chest, shortness of breath or asthma together with clinical features of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) to be screened for the disease.

The researchers gave lung-function tests and questionnaires to nearly 800 people (mean age 50) in the Tasmanian

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