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Medtronic products may help treat H1N1, ED

Bloomberg reports that equipment made by Medtronic may be used to help patients with severe H1N1 swine flu. Meanwhile, the medical-device company is also testing the use of stents to treat erectile dysfunction.

A new study suggests equipment made by Medtronic might help save some patients with severe H1N1 flu symptoms.

Bloomberg reports on the study from the Journal of the American Medical Association. It says lung-bypass equipment, made my Medtronic and other companies, saved dozens of swine flu patients from respiratory failure in Australia and New Zealand.

The study predicts the technique might be used on about 800 cases in the United States this winter.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg also reports on another study recently initiated by Medtronic. The medical-device company is testing the use of stents to prop open arteries in men with erectile dysfunction who don’t respond to drugs such as Viagra.