The World Health Organization estimates 100 million people worldwide suffer from sleep apnea. This condition can lead to serious health problems over time, including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and weight gain. Current treatment requires the use of an electrical device to generate air flow pressure during sleep through a mask. Compliance with treatment is inconsistent because of the inconvenience of wearing a mask during sleep and is not available in situations where access to electricity is not available.
The Ferro Magnetic Apnea Collar [FMAC] provides a solution to obstructive sleep apnea that does not require the patient to wear a mask or have access to electricity. It uses magnetic forces to open up the airway to provide easy breathing during the night. This solution could be especially useful in developing nations where electricity access is limited but sleep apnea is a growing condition.