respiratory care

Posted on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 10:59, By: Amy Madsen
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the NeuRx Diaphragm Pacing System as a humanitarian use device (HUD), a designation given to medical devices intended for use in rare diseases. For HUD approval, the FDA requires sufficient evidence the device does not pose “an unreasonable or...

For Pat Dwyer, this newly approved respiratory assist device means 'a life better lived,' but physicians urge caution until more is known

Posted on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 09:49, By: Amy Madsen
Pat Dwyer of Kenmore, Wash., uses three different devices to make sure he’s getting enough air. A “sip-and-puff” ventilator supplements his breathing efforts during the day; bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) helps him breathe at night; and the NeuRx Diaphragm Pacing System, or DPS,...
Posted on Sunday, November 1, 2009 - 14:07, By: Margaret Wahl
The American Academy of Neurology released its new guidelines on patient care in ALS on Oct. 13, 2009. Several MDA-affiliated physicians were involved in their development.

Regular clinic visits help you maximize quality of life

Posted on Sunday, February 1, 2009 - 14:45, By: Amy Madsen
Scheduling, attending and making the most of follow-up visits at your MDA clinic can make the difference between living with ALS and giving in to it. But oftentimes, people aren’t sure exactly what to expect out of follow-up visits. It’s a mistake, doctors say, to assume that the only purpose of...
Posted on Tuesday, August 1, 2000 - 17:00, By: Other
Edward Sivak Edward Sivak is a professor of medicine and a pulmonologist associated with the MDA/ALS Center at the State University of New York in Syracuse.