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University of Pittsburgh Study Bolsters New Sleep Apnea Device


1/9/2014 5:56:34 AM

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A surgical implant to treat obstructive sleep apnea reduced major symptoms of the disorder by nearly 70%, according to a study published online Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. The new device stimulates a nerve at the base of the tongue, opening the airway. It is one of several new technologies being developed for sleep apnea, a disorder in which people stop breathing during sleep. Sleep apnea already has a very effective treatment, CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure.

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