Silent nights

2019-03-06 02:01:24

By Barry Fox Do you live with a snorer? Pi Medical of St Paul, Minnesota, may be able to help (GB 2355936). The soft palate in the mouth keeps food out of our noses and regulates airflow through the nose while we talk. But for one person in five, it flaps and vibrates with every sleeping breath. Surgically trimming the soft palate is painful and irreversible—and it isn’t always a permanent cure. Pi’s treatment is to cut open the palate and insert plastic-coated titanium spheres. This increases the mass of the palate and damps its vibration. If necessary,