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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 an·aes·thet·ic  
adv. & n.
Variant of anesthetic.


anaesthetic or US anesthetic
Noun

a substance that causes anaesthesia

Adjective

causing anaesthesia
 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 snoring, rough, vibratory sounds made in breathing during sleep or coma. The noisy breathing is the result of an open mouth and a relaxation of the palate; it is frequently induced by lying on one's back. .

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 NHS
abbr.
National Health Service


NHS (in Britain) National Health Service
 to use and it is proving very effective."

More than 15 million people snore snore (snor)
1. rough, noisy breathing during sleep, due to vibration of the uvula and soft palate.

2. to produce such sounds during sleep.


snore
v.
 and almost double that live with sleepless sleep·less  
adj.
1.
a. Marked by a lack of sleep: a sleepless night.

b. Unable to sleep.

2.
 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 sleep apnea, episodes of interrupted breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is a common disorder in which relaxation of muscles in the throat repeatedly close off the airway during sleep; the person wakes just enough to take a gasping breath.  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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