New Device Shows Promise for Sleep Apnea Patients

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By Molly Clifton

An experimental device that’s supposed to help reduce obstructive sleep apnea seems is showing promising results, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The implantable device, called Inspire, provides a mild electronic stimulation to the patient’s upper airway during sleep to help prevent the tongue from collapsing and blocking the airway.

Researchers say a year after the device was implanted, patients experienced substantially fewer interruptions during their sleep. The device is under review by the FDA.

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