Latest Dysphagia Stories

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...

2008-09-15 09:00:00

Within the coming weeks, the U.S. Senate is expected to accept a resolution for the establishment of a National Dysphagia Awareness Month. The measure, introduced by Tennessee Congressman Zach Wamp in July 2007, passed through the U.S. House of Representatives in June 2008 with bipartisan support and 54 co-sponsors. National Dysphagia Awareness Month is intended to call attention to a sorely neglected medical condition affecting 15 million Americans and will be designated to a specific month...

2008-07-16 21:00:28

By Jamie Durant, Florence Morning News, S.C. Jul. 16--Marion Regional Healthcare System now has equipment that enables staff members to treat swallowing disorders that normally would require patients to travel to Charleston or Greenville. The system, Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES), was purchased by the hospital in March. So far, hospital staff have been learning to use the system and practicing on volunteers, but are looking forward to the first patient who will...

2008-06-30 12:03:14

A recent study published in the April 2008 issue of the Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology has revealed the positive clinical effect of the adjunctive use of VitalStim(R) Therapy. A leading brand within the Empi Recovery Sciences line of pain management and rehabilitation products, VitalStim is a non-invasive neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) device for the treatment of dysphagia. Results of the study were also originally presented at the American Association of...

2007-10-31 06:00:10

By Roa, Paul E Sesto, Mark E Recurrent obstructive symptoms after cardiomyotomy for achalasia occur in approximately 10 per cent to 15 per cent of patients, but only some require reoperation. Reoperative procedures for achalasia vary, and in general, have less success in relieving symptoms than the initial procedure. We present the case of a 37-year-old male with a 15-year history of recurrent achalasia, with symptoms of heartburn and progressive dysphagia after meals. He underwent several...

2005-12-23 12:16:31

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Orally disintegrating tablets, which dissolve on contact with saliva without the need for water, may help people with swallowing difficulties take their pills, researchers report. The team studied 36 adults with dysphagia, or problems with swallowing, while they downed conventional tablets or "RapiTab" quick-dissolving tablets, in a crossover fashion. While the subjects swallowed the pills, they underwent endoscopy looking at their...

2004-11-29 09:00:18

CINCINNATI, Nov. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given marketing clearance to the new PillCam(TM) ESO, a miniature color video camera in a pill that helps doctors diagnose and evaluate diseases of the esophagus such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), erosive esophagitis and Barrett's esophagus, a pre-cancerous condition, according to InScope, a division of Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) company. The PillCam(TM) ESO was...

Latest Dysphagia Reference Libraries

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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