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January 10, 2017 | Featured Technology

Bethesda, MD — The recent holiday season brought high-tech offerings for U.S. war veterans in the form of sophisticated bionic arms developed under the direction of DARPA. In a December ceremony at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), Justin Sanchez, Director of DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office, delivered the first two advanced “LUKE” arms from a new production line. As part of their transition into commercial enterprise, DARPA is collaborating wi [...]
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December 9, 2016 | Featured Technology

Lorena, TX – An independent study conducted by Xenex Healthcare Services, LLC. has determined that the mfPHD Fortress™ modular stainless steel room system is a superior construction choice in medical facilities for Infection Prevention. According to the study, the Fortress System which uses stainless steel panels instead of drywall construction, harbored 50% less bacteria than traditionally constructed Operating Rooms.  Xenex, a leader in infection prevention a [...]
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May 13, 2016 | Featured Technology

South Hill, VA – The new KR615 UV Germicidal Enclosure, designed to be a significant tool in the fight against Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs), will have its premiere and first public demonstration at the 2016 National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition in New Orleans, May 17 – 19th. The event is expected to draw approximately 7,000 critical care healthcare professionals. Developed by Advanced Ultra-Violet Systems, llc. (AUVS), the KR615 addresses a dangerous gap [...]
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November 19, 2015 | Featured Technology

Munster, IN – Men with elevated and/or rising PSA levels concerned about a prostate cancer diagnosis or men in active surveillance of prostate cancer will get peace of mind with new 3T MRI technology being used at Community Hospital. Radiologists, urologists and oncologists are working together to identify, target and biopsy tumors more precisely than with conventional methods. This new generation of MRI and software called DynaCAD for Prostate (contrast enhancement and special proce [...]
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August 21, 2015 | Featured Technology

Boston, MA - Health care organizations have been implementing health information technology at increasing rates in an effort to engage patients and caregivers improve patient satisfaction, and favorably impact outcomes.  A new study led by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) finds that a novel web-based, patient-centered toolkit (PCTK) used by patients and/or their healthcare proxys in the hospital setting helped them to engage in understanding and developing their plan of car [...]
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July 22, 2015 | Featured Technology

St. Paul, MN - New MR-conditional labeling for the Penta paddle lead ensures patients in need of future MRIs can access the industry’s broadest paddle lead to support the treatment of chronic pain.  St. Jude Medical, Inc., announced U.S. FDA approval of MR-conditional labeling for the company’s Penta™ 5-column paddle lead for spinal cord stimulation (SCS) therapy to manage chronic pain. The Penta lead, which will be available for use with the compa [...]
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July 2, 2015 | Featured Technology

Durham, NC – Scientists at Duke Medicine have produced a 3-D map of the human brain stem at an unprecedented level of detail using MRI technology. In a study published in Human Brain Mapping, the researchers unveil an ultra high-resolution brain stem model that could better guide brain surgeons treating conditions such as tremors and Parkinson’s disease with deep brain stimulation (DBS). The new 3-D model could eliminate risky trial-and-error as surgeons implant electrodes — [...]
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June 18, 2015 | Featured Technology

Boston, MA - Tired of spending hours in a stuffy, overcrowded ER waiting room in Boston? Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children have the solution – it’s called InQuicker, and it’s reinventing the way we access ER care.Beginning June 10, 2015, you can check-in for your projected treatment time at Tufts Medical Center's adult emergency room or your child's projected treatment time in the pediatric emergency room, arrive at the designated time, [...]
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May 15, 2015 | Featured Technology

ST. PAUL, Minn. -  St. Jude Medical, Inc.  a global medical device company, announced that data presented during a Late Breaking Clinical Trial Session during Heart Rhythm 2015, the Heart Rhythm Society's Annual Scientific Sessions, found that patients with cardiac devices who use remote monitoring have significantly fewer hospitalizations and lower overall healthcare costs than patients who do not use or adhere with the technology. The findings were a result of a five-year study, one [...]
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December 17, 2014 | Featured Technology

Munster, IN – Patients who have suffered a painful vertibral compression fracture have several treatment options such as conservative care, vertebroplasty, and vertebral augmentation, a minimally-invasive treatment option often referred to as kyhphoplasty. The latter is still a relatively new treatment option offered by a small group of orthopedic specialists throughout the nation. Surgeon Mark Chang, MD, the first to perform the procedure in Indiana, chooses to perform the [...]
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November 19, 2014 | Featured Technology

St. Paul, MN - St. Jude Medical, Inc., yesterday announced a retrospective data analysis from the CHAMPION clinical trial showing a significant reduction in 30-day hospital readmission rates for patients age 65 and older. The CHAMPION trial looked at the safety and effectiveness of the CardioMEMS™ HF System for patients with New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class III heart failure (HF) who had been hospitalized for HF in the previous 12 months. The analysis & [...]
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October 29, 2014 | Featured Technology

Champaign, IL— Engineers have developed a device platform that combines electronic components for sensing, medical diagnostics, communications and human-machine interfaces, all on an ultrathin skin-like patch that mounts directly onto the skin with the ease, flexibility and comfort of a temporary tattoo. Led by John A. Rogers, the Lee J. Flory-Founder professor of engineering at the University of Illinois, the researchers described their novel skin-mounted electronics in the Aug [...]
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October 8, 2014 | Featured Technology

Carlsbad, CA - Advanced Brain Monitoring, a maker of sleep diagnosis and treatment devices, has launched its Night Shift treatment for positional obstructive sleep apnea and snoring in patients whose condition worsens when they sleep on their back, following the recent receipt of FDA 510(k) clearance. The device is worn on the back of the neck and vibrates when the user sleeps on his or her back, increasing in intensity until they change their sleeping position. According to the Carlsb [...]
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September 16, 2014 | Featured Technology

Hobart, IN – Heart patient Geraldine Leka is tickled pink and feeling great again after a new minimally-invasive procedure to treat a life-threatening condition. St. Mary Medical Center cardiologist Arif Khalil, MD, is among the first in Indiana to use the FDA approved Diamondback 360°® Coronary Orbital Atherectomy System (OAS) to treat severely blocked coronary arteries.  “I have had high-blood pressure for more than 13 years, but during the past four or five months I [...]
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September 3, 2014 | Featured Technology

Seattle, WA - University of Washington engineers and physicians have developed a smartphone application that checks for jaundice in newborns and can deliver results to parents and pediatricians within minutes. It could serve as a screening tool to determine whether a baby needs a blood test – the gold standard for detecting high levels of bilirubin. “Virtually every baby gets jaundiced, and we’re sending them home from the hospital even before bilirubin levels reach their peak [...]
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August 6, 2014 | Featured Technology

Austin, TX - Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin's Cockrell School of Engineering have now developed a probe that combines into one device three unique ways of using light to measure the properties of skin tissue and detect cancer. The researchers have begun testing their 3-in-1 device in pilot clinical trials and are partnering with funding agencies and start-up companies to help bring the device to dermatologists’ offices. The researchers describe the skin cancer probe in [...]
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August 4, 2014 | Featured Technology

Philadelphia, PA – Temple University Hospital has performed the Philadelphia region’s first surgery using the new da Vinci® Xi™ Surgical System. Surgeons at Temple successfully performed a minimally invasive robotic mitral valve repair using the da Vinci Xi on July 22. The new technology has broader capabilities than prior generations of surgical robots. “We are proud to be leading the way in the use of this exciting new technology,” says T. Sloane Guy, MD, MBA [...]
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July 14, 2014 | Featured Technology

Los Angeles, CA - A noninvasive optical imaging device developed at Cedars-Sinai can provide early detection of changes that later occur in the brain and are a classic sign of Alzheimer’s disease, according to preliminary results from investigators conducting a clinical trial in Australia. The researchers will present their findings July 15 in an oral presentation at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. They also were invited by conf [...]
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June 23, 2014 | Featured Technology

Boston, MA - Scientists have made big progress on a "bionic pancreas" to free some people with type 1 diabetes from the daily ordeal of managing their disease. A wearable, experimental device passed a real-world test, constantly monitoring blood sugar and automatically giving insulin or glucagon (a sugar-boosting hormone) as needed, doctors said Sunday. The latest version of a bionic pancreas device was successfully tested in two five-day clinical trials – one in adults, the oth [...]
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June 12, 2014 | Featured Technology

Wireless system uses the same power as a cell phone to safely transmit energy to chips, paving the way for new "electroceutical" devices to treat illness or alleviate pain Stanford, CA - A Stanford electrical engineer has invented a way to wirelessly transfer power deep inside the body, and then use this power to run tiny electronic medical gadgets such as pacemakers, nerve stimulators or new sensors and devices yet to be developed. The discoveries reported in the Proceedings of the [...]
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May 22, 2014 | Featured Technology

San Bortolo, IT - Italian scientists have developed a miniaturized kidney dialysis machine capable of treating the smallest babies, and have for the first time used it to safely treat a newborn baby with multiple organ failure. This technology has the potential to revolutionise the treatment of infants with acute kidney injury, according to new research published in The Lancet. The new continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) machine — named CARPEDIEM (Cardio-Renal Pediatric Dialysis E [...]
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May 12, 2014 | Featured Technology

Silver Spring, MD - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today allowed marketing of the DEKA Arm System, the first prosthetic arm that can perform multiple, simultaneous powered movements controlled by electrical signals from electromyogram (EMG) electrodes. EMG electrodes detect electrical activity caused by the contraction of muscles close to where the prosthesis is attached. The electrodes send the electrical signals to a computer processor in the prosthesis that translates them t [...]
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April 2, 2014 | Featured Technology

Sunnyvale, CA - Intuitive Surgical, Inc., the global leader in robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery, announced the FDA clearance and U.S. introduction of the da Vinci Xi Surgical System, a technological leap forward in replacing large-incision abdominal surgeries with a minimally invasive approach. The da Vinci Xi System has broader capabilities than prior generations of the da Vinci System. It can be used across a wide spectrum of minimally invasi [...]
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March 26, 2014 | Featured Technology

Berlin, DE - BIOTRONIK announced new results from a sub-analysis of the landmark TRUST trial, published in the European Heart Journal.[1] This analysis examined recommended ICD follow-up methods by comparing patient adherence in two groups: those who were given remote follow-ups with BIOTRONIK Home Monitoring® and those who had calendar-based, in-person follow-ups. Over the 15-month follow-up period, patient adherence was found to be 25 percent higher in the Home Monitoring group. [...]
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March 13, 2014 | Featured Technology

Cleveland, OH - Researchers at the Cleveland VA Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University recently developed an artificial hand that provides something similar to a sense of touch. “If the amputee is actually able to feel something, you’re getting close to creating a naturally functioning prosthetic hand…something that actually feels like a part of you,” said Dustin Tyler, director of VA’s artificial hand project at the Cleveland VA. “ [...]
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February 4, 2014 | Featured Technology

Yoqneam, Israel - Given Imaging Ltd, a world leader in GI medical devices and pioneer of capsule endoscopy, announced yesterday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared PillCam COLON as a new modality to provide visualization of the colon. It may be used for detection of colon polyps in patients after an incomplete optical colonoscopy with adequate preparation and a complete evaluation of the colon was not technically possible. PillCam COLON& [...]
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January 15, 2014 | Featured Technology

"Liquid biopsy” could one day inform decisions about the right therapy at the right time Bethesda, MD - The ability to detect circulating tumor cells (CTCs) as they travel through the blood can play an important role in early diagnosis, characterization of cancer subtypes, treatment monitoring and metastasis. By measuring a patient’s CTC levels over time, clinicians can quickly determine if a particular cancer treatment is working. CTCs can also be tested to identify genetic mutati [...]
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January 6, 2014 | Featured Technology

San Diego, CA – Research by the Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) has found that a small adhesive wireless device worn on the chest for up to two weeks does a better job detecting abnormal and potentially dangerous heart rhythms than the Holter monitor, which is typically used for 24 hours and has been the standard of care for more than 50 years. The findings, which were published and made publically available online by the American Journal of Medicine, suggest that [...]
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December 4, 2013 | Featured Technology

Baltimore, MD - BD Diagnostics announced it has received FDA clearance to market the BD MAX™ StaphSR Assay for use on the fully-automated BD MAX™ System. The assay, with eXTended Detection Technology, accurately detects Staphylococcus aureus (SA) and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) DNA directly from nasal swabs, including mecA dropout mutants and new strains of MRSA that may not be detected by other assays. The BD MAX S [...]
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November 18, 2013 | Featured Technology

Carmichael, CA - The doctor isn't in, but he can still see you now.   Remote presence robots are allowing physicians to "beam" themselves into hospitals to diagnose patients and offer medical advice during emergencies. A growing number of hospitals in California and other states are using telepresence robots to expand access to medical specialists, especially in rural areas where there's a shortage of doctors. These mobile video-conferencing machines move on wheels and typically stand [...]
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November 14, 2013 | Featured Technology

LITTLE ROCK, AR — A new University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) website portal, learnondemand.org, allows health care professionals at any time to hear lectures and take classes online to earn continuing education (CE) credits.  “Anybody who has any type of Internet access from a smartphone or tablet, a laptop or a desktop, can reach the website and video lectures archived there 24 hours a day and take a class for credit,” said Sarah Rhoads Kinder, Ph.D., assis [...]
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October 24, 2013 | Featured Technology

Little Rock, AK – A nationally renowned neurosurgeon at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is the first in the state to use a minimally invasive, breakthrough brain tumor removal procedure using a tube-like tool and sophisticated three-dimensional imagery in two successful surgeries.  The cutting-edge surgery uses a new BrainPath tube, advanced imaging of tracts in the brain and a computerized brain navigation system, which allows UAMS physicians to navigate the b [...]
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September 30, 2013 | Featured Technology

ALISO VIEJO, CA – Cianna Medical, Inc., a women’s health company, today announced results of two new studies showing excellent longer-term outcomes with the SAVI® breast brachytherapy applicator, including low recurrence rates, few toxicities, excellent cosmetic outcomes and high rates of survival. A third study demonstrated SAVI’s ability to precisely deliver radiation while avoiding critical structures. SAVI is a strut-based applicator that delivers accelerated partial br [...]
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September 19, 2013 | Featured Technology

Sunnyvale, CA - An independent study published online in the journal Urology found that minimally invasive surgery for prostate cancer significantly reduces complications when compared to open surgery. The study found that minimally invasive surgery for prostate cancer, including laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgery, was associated with lower transfusion rates, shorter length of hospital stay, and lower serious postoperative complication and mortality rates compared to open prostatectomy. [...]
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September 9, 2013 | Featured Technology

Houston, TX – St. Luke’s Medical Center is proud to offer a Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI) device that is sensitive enough to detect even tiny tumors. The Discovery NM 750b, from GE Healthcare, is designed to help improve detection of breast cancer, even in women with dense breasts where results of mammography may be inconclusive. “The Discovery system is an important advancement in the early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer, but for women with dense breasts, it c [...]
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August 12, 2013 | Featured Technology

Danvers, MA – Rhode Island Hospital and St. Luke’s Hospital in Texas are two of the few facilities in the US that feature the BodyTom® CT Scanner from NeuroLogica. The BodyTom® allows for high-quality CT imaging of the brain and spine in neurosurgery operating rooms. In the past, CT scans had to be performed in scanners located outside the operating room after the conclusion of surgery to check on the results of surgery. With the BodyTom®, neurosurgeons can obt [...]
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July 31, 2013 | Featured Technology

Stony Brook, NY - A study of two sets of 894 matched Emergency Department (ED) patients presenting with chest pain revealed that the use of coronary computed tomographic angiography (CCTA) led to fewer hospital admissions and shorter ED stays. According to lead researcher Michael Poon, MD, of Stony Brook University School of Medicine, the findings provide evidence that CCTA offers an alternative means of improving the triage of chest pain patients. The paper, “Associations Between Rou [...]
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July 18, 2013 | Featured Technology

Houston, TX - The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas is using a new Telehealth technology called ‘Telesleep’ to treat Veterans in rural areas who are suffering from sleep-related breathing disorders. “Telesleep currently provides Veterans at seven of our community outpatient clinics with faster diagnosis and treatment options for sleep-related breathing disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea,” explained Adam Walmus, director of the medica [...]
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July 2, 2013 | Featured Technology

San Diego, CA –  Virginia Anderer, a native of Chicago, never thought she would see her beloved city again due to her failing heart which prevented her from traveling. But the 84-year-old Southern California resident was recently able to return to the Windy City – with her doctor’s blessing – thanks in part to a minimally invasive device that has the potential to fix her leaky heart valve. Anderer was the first patient in San Diego and at Scripps Health to receive a [...]
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June 24, 2013 | Featured Technology

  Galveston, TX- Imagine you have a brain tumor and your doctor says surgery is the only way to save your life. Now also imagine that the doctor has a 3-D image of your brain and using that image to “practice” the surgery before the actual procedure. That may be what the future holds. At the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, doctors training to become neurosurgeons are using 3-D images mixed with a dose of virtual reality to identify diseased portions of the bra [...]
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June 3, 2013 | Featured Technology

New York, NY - A thumb-sized sound processor worn behind the ear and held in place by a small, magnetized titanium implant inserted under the skin is now being offered at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center to people with single-sided sensorineural hearing loss and for those with conductive hearing loss who cannot wear conventional hearing aids. "The Sophono Alpha 2 abutment-free, bone-anchored hearing system is for patients who cannot wear conventional hearing aids bec [...]
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April 29, 2013 | Featured Technology

Robotic Positioning Arm First in U.S. for Patient’s Use Loma Linda, CA - For more than three decades various forms of robotics have been effectively applied in healthcare to advance different types of medical treatment and surgical processes. Now, the nation’s first robotic positioning arm for proton therapy is being used by Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) to provide physicians improved access to tumors typically regarded as difficult to reach and treat. An i [...]
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April 29, 2013 | Featured Technology

Greenville, SC – Giant dry-erase boards detailing operating room schedules are a thing of the past at Greenville Health System’s (GHS) flagship hospital Greenville Memorial thanks to a novel patient tracking and surgery scheduling system called OR-Max™. The new system is the only one of its kind in the nation and was developed by South Carolina-based Integrated Business Systems and Services (IBSS) in collaboration with GHS. “Like all health care organizations, GHS is ch [...]
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March 5, 2013 | Featured Technology

New Orleans, LA - Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA - announced the launch of its IntelliSpace eCareManager 3.9 health care platform, powered by orb, during the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2013 conference and exhibition. Included in Philips' latest offering to its eICU program is orb, a new graphical dashboard that is actuated by over 100 clinical rules, to analyze, process and visualize complex clinical data in real time and tell a better story ab [...]
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February 25, 2013 | Featured Technology

New York, NY - IBM, WellPoint, Inc., and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center have unveiled the first commercially developed Watson-based cognitive computing breakthroughs. These innovations stand alone to help transform the quality and speed of care delivered to patients through individualized, evidence-based medicine. The IBM Watson system gained fame by beating human contestants on the television quiz show Jeopardy! almost two years ago. Since that time, Watson has evolved from first-of- [...]
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January 31, 2013 | Featured Technology

High-End Technology Used at St. Francis Health Effective in Preventing Esophageal Cancer   INDIANAPOLIS, IN – An outpatient treatment that destroys pre-cancerous tissue in the lining of the esophagus is being used by physicians at Franciscan St. Francis Health–Indianapolis. The procedure, endoscopic radiofrequency ablation therapy using the HALO System catheter, is a highly effective treatment for complete eradication of Barrett’s esophagus, a pre-cancerous conditi [...]
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