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Health Agencies Update
September 28, 2011

Sleeping Easier

JAMA. 2011;306(12):1315. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1378

A machine that helps patients with obstructive sleep apnea breathe easier at night has the strongest supporting evidence base of any of the treatment options for the condition, according to a comparative effectiveness analysis funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Airways of patients with sleep apnea repeatedly collapse during sleep, which may cause partial or complete, transient interruptions of breathing. Such disruptions lead to poorer quality of sleep for affected individuals and are associated with other health problems.

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