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UV Awareness Month: How to Detect Skin Cancer

UV Awareness Month: How to Detect Skin Cancer

If you’re like most people, you love the sun. On a breezy summer’s day, nothing feels better than the sun’s warm rays on your skin. While the sun helps plants grow and sustains life on Earth, it can also damage your skin and cause skin cancer, especially if you don’t always wear sunscreen or take other preventative measures. During UV Awareness Month, we wanted to give you some practical tips for detecting skin cancer, and provide some insight on the diagnostic process. However, it is important to remember that...

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How Doctors Find the Cause of Pain

How Doctors Find the Cause of Pain

Living with chronic pain can be debilitating, especially if you don’t have the answers as to why you’re feeling the way you are. Fortunately, if you are living with pain, there are a variety of things your physician can do to help determine the cause.  Most likely, your doctor will begin with bloodwork. From there, they may order a number of tests to help diagnose the cause of your pain. We’ve listed the eight most common below, and what you can expect from each of them.  MRI: An MRI, or Magnetic Resonance...

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5 Most Common Surgical Procedures

5 Most Common Surgical Procedures

It is estimated that 234 million surgeries are performed each year worldwide. This means that 1 out of every 25 people will have a surgical procedure done each year. Having to undergo surgery may seem frightening, but if you have a painful condition that can be cured with surgery, it is beneficial to consider it. While no surgery is without risk, weighing out the benefits versus risks is a good way to make that kind of decision.  Some surgical procedures are a lot more common than you may think, and doctors have...

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9 Things You Didn’t Know About An MRI

9 Things You Didn’t Know About An MRI

So your doctor says you need an MRI. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a medical imaging technique that uses strong magnetic fields, magnetic field gradients, and radio waves to generate images of organs within a patient’s body. If this is your first time getting an MRI, there are some things your doctor may not have mentioned that you will probably want to know. Keep these tips in mind so that you will be more mentally and physically prepared.    1. It’s loud. Expect loud banging sounds during your MRI....

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Women’s Medical Contributions Throughout History

Women’s Medical Contributions Throughout History

March is about commemorating and observing the vital role of women’s contributions in history. Townsen Memorial is celebrating by highlighting some of history’s most influential women that have changed the field of medicine.   Metrodora (c. 200-400 AD) Metrodora was a Greek female physician and author of On the Diseases and Cures of Women which is the oldest known medical text written by a woman. Her work has been referenced often by other medical writers. Metrodora is known to have covered all areas of...

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