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Support Network May Play Role in Benefits of Drinking
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Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
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Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications
Study Links Osteoporosis Drugs to Jaw Trouble
Gum Disease Treatment Doesn't Cut Preterm Birth Risk
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Doctors Urged to Screen Diabetics for Sleep Apnea
Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
Strict Blood Sugar Lowering Won't Ease Diabetes Heart Risk
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Eating Less May Slow Aging Process
Adding Garlic Might Cut Cancer Risk
Mediterranean Diet May Help Prevent Depression
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Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
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Controversial Chemical Lingers Longer in the Body
Prenatal Exposure to Traffic Pollution May Lead to Asthma
EYE CARE, VISION
Kids' Eye Injuries From Golf Clubs Rare But Severe
Retinal Gene Is Linked to Childhood Blindness
Time Teaches Brain to Recognize Objects
FITNESS
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
The 3LS Wellness Program for Reversing Chronic Symptoms and Creating Lasting Health
Consciousness Helps the Mind and Body Work Together
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
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Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Less Education May Mean Poorer Health
8 Drugs Doctors Would Never Take
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Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
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'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
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Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Ginkgo Won't Prevent Heart Attack, Stroke in Elderly
Fructose Boosts Blood Pressure, Studies Find
Polyunsaturated Fats Really May Lower Heart Risk
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Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
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Folic Acid Reduces Infant Heart Defects
Guard Kids' Eyes Against Long-Term Sun Damage
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Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
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Cinnamon Breaks Up Brain Plaques, May Hold Key to Fighting Alzheimer’s
Musicians' Brains Tuned to Emotions in Sound
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Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
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PREGNANCY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
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For a Healthier Retirement, Work a Little
Seniors Who Volunteer May Live Longer
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Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
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Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
Women Smokers Lose 14.5 Years Off Life Span
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
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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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