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SNORING STOPPED BY pounds 3 JAB; Two-minute cure lasts a year.

Byline: STEPHEN WHITE

A CURE for noisy snorers could be within reach thanks to a pioneering pounds 3 injection in the mouth.

The simple two-minute treatment can stop the problem for up to a year and offers an alternative to painful surgery.

Called the snoreplasty, the jab is carried out under local anaesthetic and delivers chemicals to the back of the mouth roof.

This burns the soft tissue, creates scarring and stops vibration - the main cause of snoring.

The treatment has proved effective in over 80 per cent of patients.

Dr Hadi Al-Jassim, of Southport & Ormskirk Hospital in Merseyside which is spearheading the method, said: "Snoring can cause big problems for patients, particularly when their partners can't sleep. There are some over-thecounter products but a lot of people find them useless. The surgical procedure is very painful and it takes weeks to recover, so many people decide not to go through with it.

"The injection is cheap for the NHS to use and it is proving very effective."

More than 15 million people snore and almost double that live with sleepless nights and stress caused by the snoring of others.

The jab can be given up to three times a year but some people find one dose helps them for 12 months. It is not a cure for sleep apnea and up to 20% of loud snorers will not benefit.

One of the 400 people treated was solicitor Stuart Mackinnon, 41, from Formby. The dad-of-two, who had three injections, said: "My snoring did get bad. It sometimes woke me up. The treatment has made a big difference.

"Both my wife and I are getting much better sleep now."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 30, 2009
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