Concussions, otherwise known as “mild traumatic brain injuries”, affect about 1.7 million Americans annually. Athletes make up a considerable part of that figure, causing many parents to grow concerned about letting their children participate in youth sports. In an attempt to better understand the impact of concussion and minimize the risk of re-injury for recovering […]
MRI has always been an invaluable tool in the treatment of neurodegenerative disease such as Parkinson’s. Without a biomarker to objectively detect brain changes in Parkinson’s patients, however, monitoring how the disease progresses is rather difficult. Such is no longer the case as a new research suggests that doctors can now quantify the damage of […]
There is a cardinal rule that patients hear as they prepare for an MRI: they cannot have any metal accessories on their body during the scan. That means anything from buttons and belts to retainers and piercings. Certain metal implants inside bodies, like pacemakers, are also unsafe for MRIs, unless otherwise stated in a manufacturer’s […]
Huntington’s disease is one of the severest diseases a person could suffer. It is a deadly, genetic, and irreversible disorder that gradually breaks down the cells in the brain. Its symptoms have been described as a combination of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and ALS, and every child whose parent has it has a 50% chance of developing […]
Researchers from a Canadian hospital have successfully performed a kind of MRI test, called an elastogram, to map the stiffness of kidney tissue among people who have had kidney transplants. Determining the stiffness of kidney tissue helps measure scarring in the organ, because healthy tissues are softer than damaged ones.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among American males, and is projected to affect 161,360 new patients this year alone. However, even if one in 39 men usually die of it, relative survival rates are at least 96%. Early detection through prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screenings, digital rectal exams (DRE), and biopsies help prevent the […]