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Release: April 25, 2000
UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat on treatments for snoring
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Margaret M. Browning, M.D., University of Iowa assistant
professor (clinical) of otolaryngology and an otolaryngologist with University
of Iowa Health Care, will lead an hour-long, online question-and-answer discussion
on treatments for snoring with a nationwide audience from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday,
The online chat will be hosted by AmericasDoctor.com and can be accessed
by entering through the www.AmericasDoctor.com home page under "Upcoming
In the United States, 45 percent of adults snore occasionally, and 25 percent
are habitual snorers. Socially, snoring is disruptive to family life, causing
other family members sleepless nights and often resentment. At the same time,
snoring can disturb the sleeping patterns of the snorer, making restful sleep
difficult. Snoring can also be an indicator of a serious medical problem,
such as obstructive sleep apnea, which is potentially life-threatening.
After receiving her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston,
Texas, Browning completed residencies in surgery at Butterworth Hospitals
in Grand Rapids, Mich., and otolaryngology at the UI Hospitals and Clinics.
She joined the UI faculty in 1997.
Browning is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. She is a
member of the America Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
and the America Academy of Sleep Medicine. Her clinical expertise is in the
treatment of snoring, sinus disease, sleep apnea, and head and neck cancer.
A calendar of other upcoming chats by UI Health Care professionals and dialogue
from past chats can be accessed by logging on to www.uihealthcare.com and
clicking on the AmericasDoctor.com logo at the bottom of the page.
UI Health Care's partnership with AmericasDoctor.com is part of an increasing
trend in health care toward enhancing consumer services through the Internet.
According to recent statistics compiled by Cyber Dialogue, a New York firm
that tracks Internet commerce, there are approximately 22 million World Wide
Web users seeking health information over the Internet. Cyber Dialogue projects
that number to increase to 33 million over the next year.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care,
medical education and research programs and services they provide.