New device offers hope for Americans with sleep apnea

By WEEK Producer

New device offers hope for Americans with sleep apnea

May 1, 2014 Updated May 1, 2014 at 4:02 PM CDT

No more nighttime masks for many Americans who suffer from sleep apnea. They now have a new option to treat their nighttime breathing problems.

The Food and Drug Administration approved a new device that keeps airways open by zapping them with an electrical current.

The device gets implanted into the patient’s upper chest region.

According to the National Institutes of Health, between 12 million and 18 million Americans have sleep apnea

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