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barium swallowing radiograph (upper GI)

an x-ray examination of the pharynx, esophagus, stomach and first part of the small intestine that uses a special form of x-ray called fluoroscopy and an orally ingested contrast material called barium

BIPAP (Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure

breathing apparatus that helps people get more air into their lungs; uses air pressure to keep the airways open

bipolar/manic depression

psychiatric diagnosis that describes a category of mood disorders defined by the presence of one or more episodes of abnormally elevated energy levels, cognition, and mood with or without one or more depressive episodes


is a lack of vision; may also refer to a loss of vision that cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses

body awareness

the internal sense that tells you where your body parts are without your having to look at them

breathing difficulties

a sensation of difficult or uncomfortable breathing or a feeling of not getting enough air