December 28, 2010

Taming the Tongue

1 Company Hopes to Cure Obstructive Sleep Apnea

"This seems like a significantly invasive procedure. I recommend that my patients see their dentist for an oral appliance. "
- Tim in the comments

Inspire Medical Systems of Minneapolis is hoping to cure obstructive sleep apnea with hypoglossal nerve stimulation that focuses on the tongue. To see if the stimulation really works, the medical company will conduct a study involving 100 apnea patients in America and Europe. A main cause of sleep apnea is the tongue relaxing too much during sleep, temporarily blocking breathing. The "cure" involves implanting a small generator close to the collarbone with a wire snaked to the nerve under the jaw that controls the tongue. The implant, which may be set to come on during sleep, will zap the nerve when a sensor detects the patient taking a breath. The goal is to stimulate the nerve just enough to prevent the tongue from positioning backward during sleep but not to stick out.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Sleep Apnea May Increase Heart Disease

Tags: Inspire Medical Systems, Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation, Cure Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Nerve That Controls the Tongue, Tongue Cause Apnea, Causes of Sleep Apnea, Treatment for Sleep Apnea

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Moo! Means More Weight

2 Cow Milk Formula: Faster Weight Gain in Babies

Babies fed cow milk formula experience greater and faster weight gain than babies drinking protein hydrolysate formulas (hypoallergenic formulas), say researchers. According to WedMD, protein hydrolysate formulas, intended for infants with problems digesting certain proteins, have proteins that have already been broken down for easier digestion. Researchers from the Philadelphia-based Monell Chemical Senses Center found that the infants in their study who were fed the hypoallergenic formula had lower weight-for-length scores than infants provided with cow milk formula. Researchers think it's possible that infants drink more cow milk formula because they prefer the taste. They also say that infants drinking the hypoallergenic formulas may feel full faster due to the higher protein content.

More at WebMD | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Infant Formula Calorie Counter

Tags: Philadelphia-Based Monell Chemical Senses Center, Hypoallergenic Formula, Protein Hydrolysate Formulas, Baby Weight Gain, Infant Weight Gain, How Fast Babies Gain Weight, Bes

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Weeks in Womb More Important

3 The Smallest Premature Babies Counted

The smallest premature babies who survive are being carefully tracked at The Tiniest Babies, a site developed by researcher Dr. Edward Bell of the University of Iowa and colleague Diane Zumbach, who say that more tiny babies are surviving than ever. Babies who weigh under 400 grams are about the size of a potato, and their survival is rare. Dr. Bell had a tiny surviving patient, a girl weighing only 359 grams, says MSNBC. The girl's survival prompted Dr. Bell to research the tiniest surviving premature babies. He led the development of the Tiniest Babies Registry, which includes babies born from 1936 to 2010. Most of the babies in the registry were born in the U.S. after 1990. Researchers report that the numbers suggest that gestational age is more important for survival than birth weight.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Premature Births Decline for 2nd Year in a Row

Tags: Premature Babies, University of Iowa, Premature Infants, Factors Affecting Survival Premature Babies, World's Tiniest Babies, Smallest Infants, Chances of Surviving Premature Birth, Gestational Age More Important Than Weight, Birth Weight, Dr. Edward Bell, Diane Zumbach, Tiniest Babies Registry

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Slow and Steady Gets You There

4 Small Steps Better in Dieting

Rather than making drastic diet changes to lose weight, it may be more productive to make small changes that add up to big rewards, says registered dietitian Cynthia Sass. She told CBS News that since many people don't stick with diets requiring a lot of changes, slow and steady is the desired way to keep on track. Some suggested changes include switching one 24-ounce soda with water to save 20 teaspoons of sugar each day, and ordering a latte with skim milk instead of 2 percent to save 7 grams of mostly saturated fat a day. Sass also suggests leaving 10 percent of food on your plate at each meal to save about 230 calories a day. Another tip is to trade a bowl of sugary cereal with a bowl of cooked oats to increase fiber intake by 8 grams a day.

More at CBS News | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Diet Tips, Why Diets Fail, Keeping New Year Diet Resolutions, Small Changes to Diet Better, Dietician Cynthia Sass, Drastic Diet Changes

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Potato Chips, Tortilla Chips

5 Frito Lay to Launch All Natural Snack Products

PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America division has announced that approximately 50 percent of its products will be made with all natural ingredients, including the popular Lay’s potato chips and Tostidos tortilla chips. The products will be made without artificial or synthetic ingredients, flavors or preservatives and will not contain monosodium glutamate (MSG). The company plans to have made the change in all products by the end of 2011. The reformulated food items will be identifiable with a stamp on the package that highlights that the product is made with all natural ingredients. “As the snack food category leader,” says SVP Ann Mukherjee, “we want to provide our customers with a broad portfolio of snack options that taste great and are made with real food ingredients.”

More at Red Orbit | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: More Consumers Reading Food Labels, Consumers Easily Fooled by Food Labels

Tags: Food Labels, Snack Foods, Potato Chips, Frito Lay, Artificial Food Ingredients, Artificial Flavors, Preservatives, MSG

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Realistic and Attainable

6 Create Small Goals for New Year’s Resolutions

Many people head into the New Year making resolutions, with one of the most popular year after year being weight loss. However, people fail to succeed in achieving this because they set their sights on unrealistic results. Stephanie Barthmare, a psychotherapist in Houston, says the best resolutions for achieving weight loss is to break the goal down into small, manageable parts that can be worked on every day. Instead of making the numbers on the scale the focus, create behavioral action items such as cutting soda intake from three a day to one a day or eliminating cheese from a sandwich. “By refraining from one behavior that you know is potentially causing weight gain, you will begin to accumulate small successes and eventually reach the goal you set for yourself,” she says.

More at Health Day | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Diet and Exercise Needed for Significant Weight Loss, Cut Calories for a Long Healthy Life

Tags: Goal Setting, Weight Loss, New Year's Resolutions

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Diet and Exercise (again)

7 Fish Oil Does Not Promote Weight Loss

If you are already doing the right thing by eating lower calorie meals and exercising, taking a supplement containing fish oil will not enhance weight loss. In a recent study conducted at The Cooper Institute and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, overweight participants who enrolled in a diet and exercise program were given either a supplement containing omega-3 fatty acids or a placebo. Both groups were instructed to exercise aerobically at least 150 minutes each week and participate in strength exercises for 20 to 30 minutes twice a week in addition to a diet. The omega-3 group lost 11.5 pounds on average after the 24 week program while those on a placebo lost 13 pounds. There was also no significant difference in measures of heart disease risk.

More at Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Fish Oil Supplements Support Muscle Recovery

Tags: Diet, Dietary Supplements, Exercise, Fish Oil, Heart Disease Risk, Weight Loss

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