• By Dana Sparks

New Technology Helps ALS Patients Breathe Easier

June 5, 2013

Mayo Clinic in Arizona is offering new technology to patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, who experience difficulty breathing.

The device, called the Diaphragm Pacing System (DPS), is an electronic respiratory assist system that stimulates the nerves in the muscles of the diaphragm. During a minimally invasive surgical procedure, electrodes are implanted into each side of the patient's diaphragm, the body's main breathing muscle.

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Journalists: B-roll of the stimulator and edited sound bites with Mark Ross, M.D., and Kristi Harold, M.D., are available in the downloads

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