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Everything You Need to Know about Varicose Veins

Everything You Need to Know about Varicose Veins
You probably already know that varicose veins are those twisted and enlarged veins that can appear on the lower legs. You might have already noticed that varicose veins are extremely common too – more than one-third of people in the United States have them, according to the Society for Vascular Surgery . If you are like many people, though, you may...
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3D Mammography Provides Special Benefits for Older Women

3D Mammography Provides Special Benefits for Older Women
Mammography is an effective breast cancer screening method for women ages 65 and older, but the results of a new study show that older women benefit significantly with the addition of a three-dimensional (3D) technique, known as tomosynthesis . The American Cancer Society says that doctors will diagnose more than 268,00 new cases of invasive breast...
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Cardiac MRI Accurately Identifies Fatal Heart Disease

Cardiac MRI Accurately Identifies Fatal Heart Disease
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), claiming approximately 610,000 lives each year. Doctors use a variety of tests, such as stress echocardiograms, catheterizations and stress nuclear exams, to detect heart disease, assess its severity...
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Susan Lucci’s Dramatic Close Call with Heart Disease

Susan Lucci’s Dramatic Close Call with Heart Disease
Susan Lucci is the picture of health – she's slim, she exercises and she eats the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet. Her regular check-ups went well, routine EKGs showed no problems, and her blood pressure was on the lower end of normal. On the outside, she didn't seem to have any of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease. On the inside, t...
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Digital Mammography may Improve the Detection of Breast Cancer

Digital Mammography may Improve the Detection of Breast Cancer
While many types of imaging have already shifted from film to digital formats, mammography has been one of the last to make the change. The results of a new study show that moving from film to digital mammography improved breast cancer detection in the United Kingdom by 14 percent. Making the switch did not increase the recall rates, which is the f...
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New Study Suggests Doctors can Use MRI Instead of Biopsy to Measure Liver Fat in Obese Patients

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Doctors perform a number of tests to monitor the health of their patients. Practitioners are expanding their tests to help them manage certain emerging health issues within the community, such as obesity. Being overweight or obese puts patients at risk for serious health problems. One such obesity-related problem is a condition affecting the liver,...
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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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Mammography Screening at 30 Beneficial for Some Women

Mammography Screening at 30 Beneficial for Some Women
The current American Cancer Society guidelines suggest that women ages 40 to 44 could undergo mammograms every year if they want to, and that women ages 45 to 54 get mammograms every year. Many professional groups, including the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), recommend beginning routing screening at 40. Recommendations for younger wo...
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