ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Indian Spice May Thwart Liver Damage
Fish Oil's Benefits Remain Elusive
Regular Yoga May Improve Eating Habits
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
Beware of Dog Bites
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
More Faces Being Spared in Motor Vehicle Accidents
Vitamin K Doesn't Slow Bone Loss
A Winning Strategy to Beat Spring Sporting Injuries
CANCER
Green Tea May Help Prevent Oral Cancer
Vitamin D May Improve Melanoma Survival
Quitting Smoking Doubles Survival in Early Stage Lung Cancer
CAREGIVING
Few Hospitals Embracing Electronic Health Record Systems
When the Caregiver Becomes the Patient
Injected Medication Errors a Major Problem
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
Health Tip: Are You Anemic?
Night Shift Work Hard on the Heart
COSMETIC
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
Acid Drinks Blamed for Increase in Tooth Erosion
DIABETES
Findings Challenge Tight Glucose Control for Critically Ill Patients
Chamomile Tea May Ward Off Diabetes Damage
Red-Grape Compound May Improve Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Mediterranean Diet Plus Exercise Lowers Alzheimer's Risk
Fruits, Vegetables, Teas May Cut Smokers' Cancer Risk
Mediterranean Diet May Help Prevent Depression
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
City Kids Find the Breathin' Is Easier Elsewhere
EPA Alerts Seniors to Carbon Monoxide Dangers
Pilots May Face Greater Cancer Risk
EYE CARE, VISION
Eye Care Checkups Tied to Insurance Status
Certain Diabetes Drugs May Pose Eye Risk
Hybrid Cars Pose Risk to Blind, Visually Impaired
FITNESS
Brisk Walk Can Help Leave Common Cold Behind
Marathoners Go the Distance on Heart Health
Avoiding a Holiday Season of Discontent
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
GENERAL HEALTH
Spread of Swine Flu in Japan Could Raise WHO Alert to Highest Level
For Women, Moderate Midlife Drinking Linked to Healthier Old Age
U.S. Spends Billions On Alternative Medicine
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Western Diet Linked To Heart Disease, Metabolic Syndrome
Shedding Light on Why Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Help the Heart
Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Heart Disease
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
3 Home Habits Help Youngsters Stay Slim
Meaningful Conversations Boost Kids' Language Skills
Guard Kids' Eyes Against Long-Term Sun Damage
MEN'S HEALTH
Countdown to Hair Loss
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
MENTAL HEALTH
17 Ways to Create the Perfect Workday
Fear Response May Stem From Protein in Brain
Estrogen May Help Men's Hearts
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
SENIORS
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
Seniors Who Volunteer May Live Longer
Vitamin D May Help Keep Aging at Bay
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Vitamin D Deficiency Puts 40% of U.S. Infants and Toddlers At Risk
Frankincense Provides Relief for Osteoarthritis
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Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea

FRIDAY, May 8 (HealthDay News) -- Tongue and throat exercises may help people with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) find relief, a new report says.

A three-month program helped reduce OSA severity by 40 percent in the test subjects and improved symptoms such as low oxygen saturation levels in blood, sleepiness, snoring and poor sleep quality, according to the findings in the second issue for May of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Of the 10 moderate OSA sufferers who did the exercises, eight were reclassified afterward as having only a mild condition and two were upgraded to having no OSA.

"It was commonly thought among doctors that strengthening and toning oropharyngeal muscles would have no benefit to the patient during sleep, but a recent study showed that didgeridoo playing helped decrease snoring and OSA," study investigator Dr. Geraldo Lorenzi-Filho of the sleep laboratory at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, said in an American Thoracic Society news release. "This was a change of paradigm, and indicated that not everything you do during the day is lost during sleep."

For the study, 16 people diagnosed with mild to moderate OSA performed a daily and weekly regimen of tongue and pharyngeal exercises, while 15 other sufferers performed a placebo treatment of deep breathing and nasal rinsing with saline solution. The control group experienced no change in their condition, and neither group experienced a change in weight or body size, two factors in the cause of OSA.

"The muscles of the upper airways are extremely complex, and the mechanisms leading to OSA are far from being well understood," Lorenzi-Filho said. "A strong muscle may be working on the wrong direction and not necessarily helping to open the airways. The overall set of exercises we tested target the correct physiology of the upper airway and should promote remodeling of the upper airways."

He said the researchers were unsure exactly how the exercises caused the change and if all of them were equally effective, but suggested further research would explore these questions.

More information

The American Sleep Apnea Association has more about OSA.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: American Thoracic Society, news release, May 7, 2009

Last Updated: May 08, 2009

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