FDA approves first-of-a-kind sleep apnea implant

May 1, 2014 3:51 PM

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FDA approves first-of-a-kind sleep apnea implant

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sleep deprived Americans have a new option to address hard-to-treat nighttime breathing problems: a first-of-kind device that keeps airways open by zapping them with an electrical current.

The Food and Drug Administration approved the pacemaker-like device from Inspire Medical Systems for sleep apnea patients who have trouble with the current standard of care: machines that blow air through a bedtime mask.

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