Throat implant may help cure snoring

March 24th, 2010 - 6:22 am ICT by IANS  

London, March 24 (IANS) Scientists from John Hopkins University have developed a throat implant that could stop snorers from having a restless night and give their partners some good night’s sleep.
The device gives electric shocks to activate nerves in the throat, forcing the muscles to keep the airways open.

In a small study, all the patients given the treatment for sleep apnoea showed considerable improvement in snoring and other symptoms.

One of the most effective treatments is continuous positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP), where the patient is asked to wear a mask that keeps the airways open by continuously pumping air into them.

However, the masks are often tight and uncomfortable, so up to 60 per cent of sufferers don’t continue with the treatment. The condition can also be treated surgically, with nasal airway surgery, palate implants and tongue reduction.

The researchers claim that their new treatment offers a less painful and quicker alternative, reports

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