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Brain Imaging Provides a Glimpse into Alzheimer’s Disease

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June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month and Longest Day, an event held by the Alzheimer's Association . The purpose of the event is to increase public awareness of Alzheimer's disease, available resources, and information on how people can get involved. The Longest Day takes place from sunrise to sunset on June 21, 2018. Participants engage i...
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Researchers Support the Use of Imaging to Precisely Diagnose and Treat Patients with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)

Researchers Support the Use of Imaging to Precisely Diagnose and Treat Patients with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) MRI of brain injury
A violent jolt or blow to the head can cause a traumatic brain injury (TBI), a condition that can cause temporary or lasting damage to the brain. TBIs can even cause changes to the tiny blood vessels in the brain. Now researchers think that these changes to the brain's blood vessels are linked to a number of cognitive symptoms, according to a new s...
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What are Kidney Stones? And Why do They Hurt So Much?

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"This too, shall pass" is usually a comforting sentiment, except when it comes to kidney stones. Some describe the pain of passing kidney stones as being as bad as childbirth; others say it is like trying to eat and digest a running chainsaw. So what exactly are kidney stones and why are they so painful to pass? First, a Little Information about Yo...
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People with Varicose Veins have a Higher Risk of Serious Circulatory Problems

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People with varicose veins have a higher risk of other serious conditions, according to a new study . The study showed varicose veins increases the risk of deep vein thromboses ( DVTs ), pulmonary embolisms (PEs), and peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Younger people with varicose veins were at special risk for DVTs and PEs, while men with varicose...
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My Periods are Painful. Could it be Adenomyosis?

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If you are between the ages of 40 and 50, and are experiencing severe symptoms during or after your period, you may have adenomyosis. This affects your uterus, the hollow muscular organ that carries the baby during pregnancy. Your uterus is lined with endometrial tissue, also known as the endometrium. This tissue thickens during the menstrual cycle...
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I Married a Zebra: How Imaging Can Help Doctors Diagnose My Husband’s Rare Illness – Pheochromocytoma

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Almost every medical student learns about the old adage Dr. Theodore Woodward coined in the late 1940s that says, "When you hear hoofbeats , think of horses not zebras." The intent is to teach medical students to look for the most common explanation for a patient's illness. Most people with high blood pressure consume too much salt, do not exercise...
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Imaging Wins Gold for Evaluating Injuries during the Olympics

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When the chance to compete on the world's largest stage comes only once every four years, athletes are often tempted to power through the pain of injury to achieve their dreams. Sometimes the bet pays off and the athlete wins a place on the podium. At other times, though, competing with an injury causes career-ending long-term damage. On-site imagi...
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What You Need to Know about Liver Cancer

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If you have liver cancer, or care about someone who does, learning about the disease can help you cope. Cancer is a condition in which cells in the body grow out of control. Cancer cells can grow anywhere in the body, so cancer can begin in any organ or tissue. Cancer can even spread to other tissues and organs, a process known as metastasis. Liver...
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