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Upper Airway Stimulation for Sleep Apnea Approved

June 2014 --  Inspire Medical Systems has received marketing approval from the FDA for its Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) system. The device is an implantable ne…

Epilepsy Drug Target May Have Implications for Brain Disorder Sleep Disruption

April 2014 -- The enzyme GABA transaminase, which is the target of some epilepsy drugs, contributes to sleep loss in fruit flies, a recent study from the University of Penns…

Assessing the Interplay of Sleep, Hormones, and Depression

A Q&A with Axel Steiger, Prof. Dr. med.

January/February 2014—As research continues, new directions in therapy appear to be emerging.

When to Consider a Second-Generation Wake-Promoting Drug

Zac Haughn, Senior Associate Editor

July/August 2009—When would you consider prescribing armodafinil? When used for disease-related fatigue, what must you take into account? "Armodafinil is useful for the treatment of hypersom…

Understanding Unique Sleep Problems in Women

Antonio Culebras, MD

June 2009—While women overall sleep better than men do, they may experience various sleep difficulties throughout life.


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