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Study confirms link between PAP apnea treatment and dementia onset

Key clinical point: New data has confirmed a strong link between treatment for sleep apnea and a reduced risk of dementia.

Major finding: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) treatment was associated with a significantly lower odds of a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease (odds ratio 0.78; 95% confidence interval, 0.69-0.89).

Study details: With a random sample of Medicare beneficiaries and their claims data, investigators identified approximately 53,000 who had an OSA diagnosis prior to 2011.

Disclosures: Dr. Dunietz’s study was supported by The American Academy of Sleep Medicine Foundation. She reported having no disclosures. Dr. Varga said he has no relevant disclosures.


Dunietz GL et al. Sleep 2020.