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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, which makes it a great time to learn about this serious disease and discover ways to prevent it. About Lung Cancer Cancer is a condition in which abnormal cells grow at a rapid pace to cause tumors. Lung cancer, then, is a disease in which abnormal cells grow in lung tissue. In time, these lung cancer cells ...

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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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FDA Relaxes Guidelines for Mammography During Coronavirus

FDA Relaxes Guidelines for Mammography During Coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic has complicated nearly every aspect of daily life, especially for healthcare professionals and the facilities where they work. Many clinics are overwhelmed with patients; others have had to cut back on the number of workers they employ. It has also complicated care for patients who need diagnostic and screening tests, such as ...

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Even Superheroes Can Develop Colon Cancer

Even Superheroes Can Develop Colon Cancer

When they thought T'Challa died, the fictitious people of Wakanda mourned the loss of their great leader. When we lost Chadwick Boseman in real life, the entire world grieved. The passing of every superhero brings an opportunity for an awakening and a new understanding of things we used to take for granted; Boseman's passing is no different – the v...

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Playing it Safe: Returning to Care

Playing it Safe: Returning to Care

Cancer and other life-threatening health conditions haven't stopped for COVID-19. Now, worrisome modeling should serve as a call to Americans that they need to make that doctor or screening appointment which they postponed earlier in the year. A National Cancer Institute model, examining breast and colorectal cancers, predicts more than 10,000 deat...

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What You Need to Know about MRI Safety

What You Need to Know about MRI Safety

Your doctor ordered an MRI study to help diagnose a health problem, but you might worry if MRI is safe. You might be relieved to know that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that MRIs are very safe – doctors perform millions of MRIs every year, and the FDA receives only about 300 reports of adverse events associated with the test. Here ...

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What are Hiatal Hernias?

What are Hiatal Hernias?

A hiatal hernia is medical conditions in which part of your stomach bulges into your chest cavity. Hiatal hernias are common, especially in older adults. Some people with a hiatal hernia do not know they have one unless their doctor discovers it incidentally while diagnosing or imaging another problem. Other people experience symptoms, such as hear...

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Chest X-rays Can Help Doctors Predict the Severity of COVID-19 in Young and Middle-Age ER Patients

Chest X-rays Can Help Doctors Predict the Severity of COVID-19 in Young and Middle-Age ER Patients

Like many diseases, COVID-19 can be unpredictable. For example, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 seemed to affect mainly the elderly in the earliest days of the pandemic, and now it seems to be affecting younger people. Many of these younger patients get sicker now too. Unpredictability can make detecting and treating a disease difficult, thoug...

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