Reporting for Kaiser Health News in collaboration with The Washington Post, Sandra Boodman writes: "When Jere Carpentier learned last year that she had advanced colon cancer -- her third malignancy in a dozen years -- she worried about spending hours in a clinic tethered to an intravenous line, enduring punishing chemotherapy that would make her hair fall out.
Video-assisted swallowing therapy significantly improves swallowing-associated outcomes in cognitively intact Parkinson’s disease patients, research suggests.
A company in the United States has come up with the first chewable birth control tablet.
Patients can now swallow pill-sized, disposable cameras to help gastroenterologists diagnose and evaluate diseases of the esophagus, or swallowing tube. This new diagnostic tool is a further modification of capsule endoscopy, which has been used clinically since late 2001 to examine the small intestines.
Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announced today that six of its nursing book titles are recipients of the American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Book of the Year awards.
Pediatricians all over the world face situations where children have ingested toys and parts of their toys. Lego bricks and heads are common objects tiny tots often put into their mouths and swallow.
As well as avoiding metal toilet seats, children who swallow more than one magnet need immediate medical care, according to Alan E. Oestreich, M.D., pediatric radiologist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC).
Just thinking about swallowing makes it harder to do. Head and neck cancer, a stroke, brain tumor, brain injury or even a tracheostomy tube and mechanical ventilation needed to sustain life can make it impossible.