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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, April 26.

The online chat will be hosted by and can be accessed by entering through the home page under "Upcoming Events."

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 and clicking on the logo at the bottom of the page.

UI Health Care's partnership with 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.