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#COVID #Pain #Sleep #SleepApnea The Med & Mic™ 11.29.23


#Doctor, could you comment on these topics to the #media today?


>> COVID variant gets put on the list

>> New insight into pain and poor sleep

>> Oral appliance for sleep apnea: the first step


The Med & Mic™ 11.29.23

A medical news blog post

from the author of “Scoop, MD”




COVID Variant Surges


Main points:

  • The highly mutated COVID variant BA.2.86 accounts for 1 in 10 new COVID cases in the U.S.

  • Its prevalence is highest in the Northeast

  • Emergency department visits because of COVID have increased nationwide.

Interesting detail:

  • BA.2.86’s surge reflected in this week’s figures puts it on the CDC’s list as a standalone variant.

(Source: CBS News, A. Tin, 11.28.23)



Pain-Poor Sleep Link


Main points:

  • In a mouse study, Harvard researchers have found that chronic sleep disruption reduces the levels of a neurotransmitter called NADA in the brain.

  • The decrease in NADA heightens the perception of pain.

Interesting detail:

  • NADA targets cannabinoid receptors in the brain.

(Source: New Atlas, M. Irving, 11.28.23)



New Sleep Apnea Device Cleared


Main points:

  • The FDA has cleared (different from approved) the first oral device for obstructive sleep apnea.

  • The oral appliance therapy, used in conjunction with exercises, gradually repositions hard and soft tissues that define the airway.

Interesting detail:

  • In the clearance process, the FDA will evaluate safety and performance data for equivalence to existing products, such as pressurized air devices.

(Source: Reuters, P. Jain, 11.29.23)



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