The "duckbill", a titanium spout protruding from the patient's mouth when in use, enables a clear airflow to the back of the throat
Researchers at Australia's CSIRO have developed a 3D-printable mouthpiece that enables clear airflow for sufferers of sleep apnea
The design separates the airflow into two separate passages
According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, an estimated 22 million Americans suffer from various forms of sleep apnea, a condition where the throat passage is blocked during sleep. Further to an immediate inability to breathe, if left untreated the condition can lead to more serious ailments, such as heart problems, stroke and diabetes. Current solutions can be both costly and uncomfortable, but researchers from Australia's CSIRO have developed a 3D-printed mouthpiece that can be personalized for each patient, potentially adding a more practical alternative to the mix.
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