Treating patients who have swallowing disorders withSwallow Solutions’ device slashed the number of hospital admissions by 61 percent over the next six months or more, says a study conducted by the Veterans Administration in Madison.

Results of the study, funded through the VA, were published in January’s Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Fifty-six patients went through an eight-week program to strengthen swallowing muscles in the tongue and throat. SwallowSTRONG consists of a mouthpiece that measures tongue pressure along with software that guides the patient through customized therapy and sends reports to the clinician. Read the full Wisconsin State Journal story here.