The FDA has given approval for a sleep apnea detection feature on Galaxy Watch devices in the US, allowing users to monitor for signs of sleep apnea using their smartwatch and phone.
Why it matters
This approval is significant as obstructive sleep apnea affects a significant portion of the US population and can lead to serious health risks if left untreated. The feature provides a convenient way for users to monitor their sleep and potentially detect signs of sleep apnea, leading to early intervention and treatment.
What the papers say
Engadget reports that Samsung highlights the significance of this FDA approval, emphasizing the prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea in the US and the potential health risks. The Times focuses on the impact of sleep on overall health and wellbeing, discussing the connection between nutrition and sleep quality. TechCrunch provides insight into the challenges faced by individuals with chronic insomnia and the development of a digital tool for its management.
How we got here
The FDA approval of the sleep apnea detection feature for Galaxy Watch devices follows Samsung's previous approval in South Korea. The development of digital tools for sleep management has been ongoing, with startups like Stellar Sleep raising funds for addressing chronic insomnia.
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The Food and Drug Administration is a federal agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, one of the United States federal executive departments.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch series is a line of smartwatches designed and produced by Samsung Electronics. The line features various health, fitness, and fashion related features, and is integrated with Samsung's other products under the Samsung Galaxy brand
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