A medical innovation

This post will not appeal to everyone so I’ll warn you
in advance. While not disgusting or overly graffic if
you don’t like read about certain devices that involve
bodily functions it may not be for you. If you like to
be informed about cutting edge medical innovations that
have the potential to ease suffering then please read
on.

In the picture above, from Popular Science magazine,
is Sandy Hawkins and he is using his new medical device
called a lung flute. Mr. Hawkins, an acoustics engineer,
along with some friends put their heads together about
how to use sound to tinker with various bodily functions.

In this case the innovation Hawkins came up with is a
device that has the potential to help 10 million people
who have cronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
This group of lung diseases include emphysema and chronic
bronchitis and kills 127,000 Americans every year.

If you have COPD like myself you know our lungs secrete
more mucus than our lungs can handle and it builds up in
the lungs. Vigorous coughing helps to get rid of it but
many require drugs to keep their airways open and some
even need the help of oxygen tanks. What some people may
not realize is that this build up can attract bacteria
and lead to pneumonia. Treatment costs run over $27 billion
for all Americans with this disease.

Knowing this Mr. Hawkins went on a 15 year quest to solve
the problem. Then one day while testing a mouthpiece for his
invention he noticed that blowing through it sent a vibration
into his chest. Thus the lung flute was born. Blowing into
the tube flaps thin plastic strips that vibrate perfectly to
loosen the mucus. This device is currently used in Japan and
is awaiting final FDA approval here.

When it gets approved here it could provide a reasonably
price at home treatments. It is tenatively priced at $40 with
replaceable reeds and is as effective as current COPD treatments.
Although this device isn’t currently available here yet, a
website is up and will be updated to order it when it gets
approved by the FDA.
That website is here.

To learn more about the product or to see a video about it
go here.
Comments are always welcome.

8 Responses to A medical innovation

  1. nitrous55 says:

    Vibrations in the chest? I get that while sitting in the stands when nitro cars run. Maybe we can get Harkin to earmark money for the two of us to go to NHRA events. we could sit between the nitro cars and see if the vibrations caused by them helps you. I would be there to observe.

    Capitalism. A guy sees a need and trys to fill it.

  2. Nuckin'_Futs says:

    Maybe my eyes are going, but that sure looks like a bong from the 60’s.

    😉

  3. thescoundrel says:

    Sounds like a good idea if the government does not step in and try to regulate it to death.

    Of course if it is vibrations you are looking for just stand directly in front of some heavy metal bands speakers while they are playing.

  4. anonymous says:

    The Times did a short story that only appeared online for a short time, and then is already burried this morning. Seems odd.

  5. anonymous says:

    The story that disappeared was the story about the 1.8 million loan to Restoration St. Louis.

    On another interesting topic, the City is now going to run the consession stand at the skatepark instead of a private owner as planned. Something must have gone wrong for that to happen.

  6. cruisin2 says:

    nitrous55,
    That gets my heart going but doesn’t do much for my lungs inhaling the exhaust.

    Nuckin’_Futs,
    I was trying to think of what it reminded of, thats it.

    scoundrel,
    If I stood that close with those bands I could always use the insanity defense later.

    anonymous,
    That happens from time to time but I haven’t figured out why some stories just fade away.

    anonymous,
    It seemed like the stand was making money when we went down there on patrol. Perhaps it isn’t heated and a private company can’t make enough money in the warm months.

  7. The story is still right there under Local News where it always was. You expect every story to stay on the front page forever, or what?

    http://qctimes.com/news/local/article_0b130f90-d979-11de-9634-001cc4c03286.html

  8. Walnut says:

    What better way to make “Lung Butter”

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