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Oscillating vests help lung patients breathe 

Jump to full article: Washington Times, 2002-03-03
Author: Joyce Howard Price / THE WASHINGTON TIMES


More than 20,000 Americans with medical conditions such as emphysema, cystic fibrosis, severe asthma, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy are wearing an inflatable vest to keep their airway passages open, allowing them to breathe.

The device, manufactured by Advanced Respiratory in St. Paul, Minn., is simply called the Vest.

"The Vest is like an inflatable life jacket. The inflatable vest is connected by hoses to an air-pulse generator that inflates and deflates the vest as rapidly as 25 times per second, creating air flow within the lungs," said Stephen Smith, vice president of corporate affairs and general counsel for Advanced Respiratory, who was in Washington last week.

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