>> At-home sleep studies coming soon
>> IUD benefits beyond birth control
The Med & Mic™ 05.24.23
MED NEWS blog post from Dr. Maria ON Speaking, LLC
Sleep Apnea Device Coming to America
A wireless diagnostic device for the detection of obstructive sleep apnea will be launching this summer. The UK has been using this device since 2021. Traditional sleep studies with an overnight stay at a sleep center can be expensive and inconvenient. The small, self-applied, wearable device allows for at-home testing and testing over multiple nights. Patients apply the self-adhesive coffee bean-sized apparatus to their neck where it records breathing. The data is processed to make diagnoses. The product has received clearance from the FDA. (Source: Tech Crunch, N. Lomas, 5.24.23)
IUD Stems Blood Loss
In phase III studies, the intrauterine device Mirena decreased blood loss by more than 90 percent for women with heavy menstrual bleeding. The effectiveness was about the same for obese and non-obese women, and for those who have had a child and those who have not. Of the two IUDs containing hormones, Mirena is already FDA approved for heavy menstrual bleeding in people who choose it as their form of birth control. The approval was based on studies in non-obese people who have had children. (Source: MedPage Today, R. Robertson, 5.23.23)
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