Medical panel to discuss why some are … ‘Sleepless in San Antonio’

WHAT: “Sleepless in San Antonio – Examining Sleep Disorders and Your Patients,” a panel discussion that is free and open to the public.

The event is part of the Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) Convocation, a continuing education event for health professionals. Details can be found at:

WHEN: 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16. (Panelists will be available to media until 11 a.m.)

WHERE: La Quinta Inn & Suites Medical Center, 4431 Horizon Hill Blvd., San Antonio, Texas 78229. (Event is in Hidalgo Ballroom.)

PHONE: (210) 525-8090 (La Quinta Inn)

• Jon Cacy (sleep apnea patient), eighth-grade science teacher and football/track coach for Irving Middle School
• K. Ashok Kumar, M.D., professor, UT Health Science Center San Antonio
• Lloyd Van Winkle, M.D., private practice; member, South Texas Ambulatory Research Network
• Javier Garcia, D.D.S., private practice; member, South Texas Oral Health Network
• Jeffrey Cordes, M.D., geriatric psychiatry, UT Health Science Center San Antonio;
liaison with the South Texas Psychiatric PBRN and the VA Mental Health PBRN

VISUALS: Jon Cacy is bringing a sleep apnea machine that he uses to sleep at night. Dr. Garcia, the dentist, is bringing two devices used for patients with sleep disorders.

TOPICS: Speakers will 1) discuss the frequency and type of sleep disorders occurring across multiple medical fields, 2) illustrate solutions that family physicians, dentists and psychiatrists offer to their patients, 3) describe the effectiveness of these solutions and 4) talk about unknown issues that can be addressed through research.

Quick facts about sleep disorders
• Affect 50 million to 70 million Americans
• Are undiagnosed 90 percent of the time
• 25 percent of sleep partners sleep in separate rooms
• 76 percent of physicians are not screening patients for sleep disorders
• There are approximately 70 different sleep disorders
• Result in $150 billion annually in lost productivity
• Result in $48 billion in medical costs related to drowsy driving

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