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What is a lumbar MRI scan?

What is a lumbar MRI scan?

Magnetic resonance imaging is a noninvasive diagnostic tool that uses radio waves and a magnetic field to produce detailed images of the inside of a body. Doctors can use them to examine a person’s lower spine, or lumbar region, and the surrounding tissues. The exam itself is very safe because it does not use ionizing […]

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New cancer drug safely boosts radiation therapy

New cancer drug safely boosts radiation therapy

A new clinical trial tests a radiotherapy-boosting drug in the fight against various forms of cancer. New research finds a safe way to boost the effects of radiation in cancer therapy. Cancer continues to be one of the top causes of death in the United States. According to the National Cancer Institute, there will be […]

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Everything you need to know about anxiety medications

Everything you need to know about anxiety medications

The term anxiety encompasses feelings of worry, fear, and unease. Although it is normal to experience some level of anxiety at times, intense or persistent anxiety may be indicative of an anxiety disorder. According to several large surveys, up to 33.7 percent of people experience some form of anxiety disorder during their lifetime. Medications are […]

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Humidity levels and COPD

Humidity levels and COPD

Many people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease occasionally experience periods when symptoms are worse or reappear. A variety of factors can trigger these flare-ups, including very high or very low humidity. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a term for several conditions that damage the lungs and make breathing difficult. These issues tend to grow […]

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Autism: What is the link with zinc?

Autism: What is the link with zinc?

Earlier research indicated an association between zinc and autism. However, until now, understanding the connection has been challenging. A new study lifts the lid on the zinc-autism connection. A new study, published in Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience, suggests that a zinc deficiency in early childhood may contribute to autism. Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, tends […]

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Natural home remedies for COPD

Natural home remedies for COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a chronic lung condition. It can improve with treatment, and home remedies can relieve coughing, excess mucus production, and other symptoms. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) restricts airflow into and out of the lungs. People with the condition tend to experience shortness of breath and may therefore have difficulty exercising […]

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Breast cancer screening: How does it truly impact survival?

Breast cancer screening: How does it truly impact survival?

In the medical world, there is an ongoing debate about the extent to which regularly screening for breast cancer actually improves a person’s chances of survival if cancer is detected. New research tries to settle that debate. Screening for breast cancer brings important benefits, new research concludes. Breast cancer is the most common type of […]

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What is a TENS unit and does it work?

What is a TENS unit and does it work?

A transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit is a battery-operated device that some people use to treat pain. TENS units work by delivering small electrical impulses through electrodes that have adhesive pads to attach them to a person’s skin. These electrical impulses flood the nervous system, reducing its ability to transmit pain signals to the […]