Health Highlights: Oct. 9, 2017

From - October 9, 2017

Health Highlights: Oct. 9, 2017

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

FDA OKs Implanted Device Against a Form of Sleep Apnea

A new implantable treatment for moderate to severe central sleep apnea was approved Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The battery-operated device, known as the Remede System, is implanted under the skin in the chest to stimulate a nerve that promotes breathing.

Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain fails to send signals to the diaphragm to breathe during sleep, the FDA explained. It's seen most often in elderly patients and those with heart failure.

The condition is different from the more common obstructive sleep apnea, in which breathing disruptions are caused by upper airway obstruction.

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