Implant Helps Sleep Apnea Patients

An implanted device could reduce  sleep apnea symptoms by 70% according to a study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine .

The device is called UAS ( Upper Airway Stimulation) and it works by stimulating the tongue,  which has become relaxed during sleep, so that it doesn’t block the airway.  A mild electric current stimulates the tongue to go back to it’s original position. This device was chosen to be tried on patients who could not tolerate the use of the CPAP machine.

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