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Types of Arthritis

Types of Arthritis

Arthritis is a common and sometimes debilitating condition. It affects about 24 percent of all adults, or 58.5 million people in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a leading cause of work disability, limiting the types of work people can do or even preventing them from working at all. Arthritis is ...

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Why Do I Have to Fast Before Some Medical Imaging Tests?

Why Do I Have to Fast Before Some Medical Imaging Tests?

When it comes to medical imaging, getting a clear, accurate image is a top priority. After all, doctors use the information they learn from these medical images to diagnose patients and create treatment plans. In some cases, doctors will require patients fast before undergoing medical imaging. A fast is a period of hours in which you have nothing t...

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What are Fibroids?

What are Fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are tumors that develop in the uterus, or womb, which is the organ of the female reproductive system in which a baby grows. An estimated 70 to 80 percent of all women will develop uterine fibroids before they reach menopause. These tumors are usually benign, or non-cancerous, in women of reproductive age and almost never develop in...

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Doctors Increasingly Choose Ultrasound Over CT to Diagnose Appendicitis in Children

Doctors Increasingly Choose Ultrasound Over CT to Diagnose Appendicitis in Children

An accurate diagnosis is always important, but especially when it comes to diagnosing children with appendicitis. Doctors are now using switching up the technologies they use to make the diagnosis. Appendicitis happens when the appendix becomes inflamed and filled with pus. Left untreated, the appendix can rupture and cause infection throughout the...

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Why and When to Get Ultrasounds during Pregnancy

Why and When to Get Ultrasounds during Pregnancy

Ultrasound provides important information about your pregnancy to you and your health care provider. For example, ultrasound can confirm your pregnancy. This can be helpful when other tests provide inconclusive results. An ultrasound can also reveal whether you are pregnant with twins, triplets, or even more. Ultrasound can help your provider check...

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Shoulder “Brightness” on Ultrasound Imaging - A Sign of Diabetes?

Shoulder “Brightness” on Ultrasound Imaging - A Sign of Diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes has a number of warning signs, such as frequent urination, increased thirst, fatigue, hunger, and slow wound healing. The results of a new study suggest that shoulder "brightness" on an ultrasound test might also be a sign of diabetes. Doctors frequently use ultrasound to diagnose shoulder problems, such as sprains, strains, tears, ...

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How Does an Ultrasound Work?

How Does an Ultrasound Work?

Have you ever had an ultrasound and wondered how they work? Here is what you need to know about the non-invasive test that can give your doctor a clear picture of what is happening inside your body. Many people associated ultrasounds with pregnancy, as many OB/GYN doctors use ultrasound to examine the babies inside pregnant women. Doctors also use ...

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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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