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2010-09-01 15:08:00

Updated Technology to Provide Treatment for More Than 1,500 Patients Annually WHEATON, Ill., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Tellabs Foundation has awarded Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital a grant of $100,000 for the Swallowing & Voice Center; one of seven centers in Marianjoy's Assistive Rehabilitation Technology Institute. The grant will meet a crucial need for Marianjoy to help treat over 1,500 individuals with dysphagia or swallowing difficulties each year. An estimated...

2010-05-12 11:59:33

Less than 50% of patients with esophageal carcinoma are suitable for surgery at the time of diagnosis. Most of these patients present with locally advanced or metastatic disease and/or significant comorbidities. In such circumstances, the only therapeutic option is palliative care to treat dysphagia and prevent respiratory complications secondary to aspiration. Self-expanding metal stents have been proven effective for palliation of dysphagia in patients with esophageal carcinoma,...

2010-04-28 14:57:20

Test could lead to treatment for Lou Gehrig's patients Muscle degeneration and confinement to a wheelchair are the hallmarks of Lou Gehrig's disease, Parkinson's, muscular dystrophy and other neurodegenerative diseases. One of the silent, and most serious, symptoms of these diseases is losing the ability to swallow. Swallowing impairment, or dysphagia, affects about 500,000 people annually in the U.S., but little is known about the disorder and only a few temporary, behavioral treatments are...

2010-04-09 09:55:07

Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) is a common but often unrecognized systemic disorder observed mainly in elderly people. All papers related to DISH demonstrate a consistent and marked increase of the disease with advancing age. Various local structural lesions such as oropharyngeal tumors, vascular pathologies, retropharyngeal abscesses, and anterior cervical osteophytes may lead to mechanical esophageal dysphagia. A research article to be published on April 7, 2010 in the...

2009-10-28 21:36:37

Foreign body ingestion is a frequent gastrointestinal emergency. However, long spoon swallowing is a rare event. Most swallowed spoons have been found in the stomach. Previously, there has been no reported case of a long spoon reaching the jejunum. A research article to be published on October 21, 2009 in the World Journal of Gastroenterology reports a case of accidentally swallowing of a long spoon. A 33-year-old woman complained that she attempted to use the spoon to remove a fish bone,...

2009-10-28 07:10:00

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Variant Products, Ltd. announced today that its much-anticipated Handheld Power Pill Grinder is in production and will begin distribution by mid December. The new item grinds powder-based pills and tablets to dust in a matter of seconds and targets a growing market of consumers who struggle with difficulty swallowing (pills). Variant notes that fully 12% of patients over 65 are clinically diagnosed with dysphagia or difficulty swallowing. Whether...

2009-10-26 22:04:10

Boston Medical Center (BMC) surgeons are now offering patients an incisionless alternative to laparoscopic and traditional surgery for treatment of acid reflux or GERD. Using the new procedure known as EsophyX TIF (Transoral Incisionless Fundaplication), surgeons can repair or reconstruct the valve between the esophagus and stomach, effectively stopping GERD. BMC is the only hospital in New England offering this new treatment. GERD, also referred to as chronic heartburn, is reflux and...

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2009-08-28 15:19:13

On Thursday, U.S. officials publicly apologized to about 600 veterans that were mistakenly told by letter that they had been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, which is an incurable neurodegenerative disorder. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs sent out letters to 1,800 former soldiers that informed them that they had been found to be suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, according to its website. "Unfortunately, VA made a coding error and a number of Veterans who should not...

2008-09-29 09:00:57

DEAR DR. GOTT: I have a 13-year-old son with autism. He is very pleasant, tries real hard at everything, does well in school and never complains. Although he is verbal, he has great difficulty expressing his thoughts. He's 5 feet 4 inches, maybe 100 pounds and is a big eater. He's going through puberty. About eight months ago, he began having difficult and painful swallowing, indicating pain from his neck, along the esophagus, to his stomach. It was torture for him to eat and torture for us...

2008-09-25 00:00:30

The breathy, hoarse voice of seniors is often considered a normal sign of aging, but U.S. doctors say it's a false perception, U.S. researchers say. Lead author Dr. Seth Cohen, an otolaryngologist at the Duke Voice Care Center found nearly 20 percent of the 248 octogenarians studied had dysphonia -- the medical term for hoarseness, weakness or loss of voice. Fourteen percent had dysphagia or painful swallowing, more than 77 percent had hoarseness and 79 percent had dysphasia -- language...


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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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