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2011-07-18 16:33:54

Medically treated patients with mild or no symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) are at higher risk for developing esophageal cancer than those with severe GERD symptoms, according to a University of Pittsburgh study published in the current issue of Archives of Surgery. Many patients who develop adenocarcinoma, a common form of esophageal cancer, are unaware that they have Barrett's esophagus "“ a change in the cells lining the esophagus often due to repeated stomach acid...

2011-05-17 16:17:00

BALTIMORE, May 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Esophageal Cancer, the disease that today took the life of Minnesota Twins Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew, is the nation's fastest increasing cancer, up more than 400 percent in the past 20 years - and one of the deadliest. Fewer than one in five people will survive five years with the disease. According to the Esophageal Cancer Action Network (ECAN), even more alarming, in the U.S., Esophageal Cancer is usually caused by persistent heartburn or acid...

2011-05-04 21:26:25

For patients suffering from cancer in the mouth or throat, a recent study shows that a treatment called submandibular gland transfer will assist in preventing a radiation-induced condition called xerostomia. Also known as dry mouth, xerostomia occurs when salivary glands stop working. University of Alberta researcher Jana Rieger likens the feeling of xerostomia to the experience of the after-effects of having surgery and anesthetic"”but the feeling is permanent. While the importance of...

2011-04-25 13:13:02

The American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO) will hold its annual meeting, April 29 "“ May 1, during the 2011 Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings (COSM) - a joint meeting of eight otolaryngological societies in Chicago, IL. During the ASPO meeting, hundreds of pieces of new research and dozens of scientific sessions featuring expert panelists will be presented focusing on children's ear, nose, and throat health. National health statistics reveal that pediatric ear, nose,...

2011-03-24 15:49:00

Study Highlight: -- Non-invasive electrical stimulation to the brain may improve swallowing ability among stroke survivors, which may help avoid life-threatening complications. DALLAS, March 24, 2011 - Stroke patients who received electrical brain stimulation coupled with swallowing exercises showed greater improvement in swallowing ability than patients who did not receive this stimulation, according to a pilot study reported in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. (Logo:...

2011-03-08 07:11:00

GREENSBORO, N.C., March 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Merz Pharmaceuticals today announced the launch of two programs to provide financial assistance to patients for their treatment with Xeomin® (incobotulinumtoxinA). XEOMIN is a botulinum toxin type A free from accessory proteins that is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of adults with cervical dystonia, to decrease the severity of abnormal head position and neck pain in both botulinum...

2011-02-25 13:11:30

Phase III results At the 3rd International Conference on innovative approaches in Head and Neck Oncology (ICHNO), Dr Hanna Rahbek Mortensen and colleagues at hospitals and institutes in Denmark presented results from a large prospective trial, the DAHANCA 6 & 7 study. The study, conducted across the country, investigated risk factors for developing dysphagia (swallowing dysfunction), after undergoing radiotherapy treatment for a head & neck cancer. "We followed 1,476 patients with...

2011-02-19 00:00:38

If you are one of the 17 million people in this country with swallowing challenges, you know how difficult, even painful and humiliating it can be to eat. Oh sure, you could put a bunch of stuff in a blender and call it food but what it really is, is unrecognizable and unappetizing goo. Blossom Foods changes all that, bringing you healthy, Chef created, gourmet quality, pureed and ground meal options, for life. San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) February 18, 2011 At this very moment 22% of adults...

2010-11-30 22:02:37

Uruguayan patient is able to drink for the first time in more than 2 years In what might be one of the world's first medicinal body piercings, UC Davis Health System surgeons announced today that they have successfully implanted an experimental device in the throat of a man that will enable him to manually control his ability to swallow. The device, which could offer an effective treatment option for people suffering from severe swallowing problems, is controlled by pulling on a tiny metal...


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Gastroscopy
2013-03-04 10:13:56

The esophagogastroduodenoscopy is a medical diagnostic procedure used in internal medicine to view the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract. This non-invasive procedure is used for many complaints and requires little to no time for recovery from the procedure. Reasons for the Procedure Patients present to their physician with physical complaints. For example, a patient may come into the office and say they have been feeling tired and forgetful. Through many tests and evaluations,...

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