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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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Heart Disease: Risk Factors and Prevention

Heart Disease: Risk Factors and Prevention

Each February, we celebrate American Heart Month by motivating each other to adopt healthier lifestyles to prevent heart disease. Being physically active, eating healthier foods, getting enough sleep, not smoking, and finding healthy ways to reduce stress can help prevent heart disease. And, when we take care of our hearts, we set an example for those around us to do the same.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States claiming the lives of over 600,000 Americans every year. Heart disease...

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Eight Health Issues for Women Over 65

Eight Health Issues for Women Over 65

As women age, the chances of developing certain health issues begin to increase. Your biological makeup plays a role in how predisposed you are to certain illnesses. We have compiled a list of the most prevalent health concerns impacting women who are over 65 and what can be done to manage those risks.    1. Heart Disease  More women die of heart disease than any other condition. Heart disease is a general term used to describe different consequences of blocked arteries that include Coronary Artery Disease,...

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Preventative Screenings Worth Scheduling

Preventative Screenings Worth Scheduling

When it comes to your health, taking a proactive approach by taking preventative measures can give you the best quality of life. Preventative screenings can detect issues early on which gives you the best chance at treatment. Far too many Americans are dying from preventable diseases that can almost always be treated if found early. With the medical advancements today, we all have the ability to achieve more successful outcomes than ever before.  Lung CT Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the...

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How To Read An Ultrasound

How To Read An Ultrasound

Ultrasound can be used for numerous reasons, from examining a fetus to diagnosing pain, swelling, and infection in the body. It can also be a helpful guide for biopsies or assess any damage after a heart attack. Ultrasound is non-invasive and does not use any radiation.   How Does An Ultrasound Work? An ultrasound is an examination that uses sound waves to create an image. The image the ultrasound creates is called a sonogram. Ultrasound is a safe imaging method used to see tissue. Sound waves from the probe...

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Early cancer detection using Mammograms and Breast Ultrasound

Early cancer detection using Mammograms and Breast Ultrasound

Early detection can help save lives, particularly when it comes to breast cancer. During a breast cancer screening, your doctor checks your breasts for signs of cancer, such as lumps or changes in the tissue. The most common imaging tests done to check for breast cancer are mammograms and ultrasound of the breast. Women should get annual screenings to ensure nothing has changed or developed that may be a cancer risk. If your doctor finds something unusual that will require another look, e.g., a hard lump, they...

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CT VS MRI: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE? 

CT VS MRI: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE? 

Two of the most well-known imaging exams are CT Scans and MRIs. Both are used to capture detailed images of organs, bones, and other tissues. The biggest difference between the two is that MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging) use radio waves and CT (computed tomography) scans use X-rays. While both are relatively low risk, there are advantages and disadvantages to each, and how doctors choose which option is best depends on the circumstances that may make one a better option over the other. CT Scan CT scans work...

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