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What are phleboliths and are they safe?
Phleboliths are small, round lumps of calcium that form inside a person's veins. This type of vascular calcification often occurs in the pelvic area and is more common with age. Phleboliths frequently develop in people over 40. On an X-ray, the lumps may be mistaken for kidney stones. Learn more about phleboliths here. (Medical News Today)

What is an iodine intolerance?
Iodine is essential for thyroid function but can cause an adverse reaction in some people. It is not a true allergy but rather an intolerance. Certain disinfectants or X-ray contrast material can trigger a reaction. Although shellfish may contain iodine, shellfish allergies are not related to iodine sensitivity. (Medical News Today)

Cell phone radiation: Could high exposure cause tumors?
Very high levels of exposure to the type of radiation given out by cell phones resulted in tumors in heart tissue of male rats but not female rats or mice. (Medical News Today)

How blueberries help to kill cancer cells
Researchers suggest that the success of radiation therapy against cancer cells could be increased significantly, thanks to blueberries. (Medical News Today)

What you should know about the HIDA scan
The HIDA scan is used to view the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, and small intestine. Included are details on side effects and why it is done. (Medical News Today)

Electric field therapy boosts survival from deadly brain tumor
Glioblastoma is a deadly brain cancer with poor outcomes. But the final results of a phase III trial reveal that a novel treatment could increase survival. (Medical News Today)

Chronic back pain: A 10-minute treatment leaves patients pain-free
Researchers reveal how a 10-minute, CT-guided pulsed radiofrequency technique alleviated chronic back pain for more than 80 percent of study subjects. (Medical News Today)

Radiotherapy-resistant tumors could be defeated with experimental drugs
Drugs that block an immune system mechanism involving the STING pathway may offer a way to overcome radiotherapy resistance in tumors, says new study. (Medical News Today)

Are there any alternatives to a prostate biopsy?
Some people may be concerned about the drawbacks to a prostate biopsy. We look at three alternative options that could help diagnose prostate cancer. (Medical News Today)

Cancer: Existing drug may prevent treatment-induced infertility
Researchers have found that a drug once tested as an anti-cancer treatment may actually help to prevent female infertility caused by cancer radiotherapy. (Medical News Today)

Breast ultrasound: Uses and what to expect
Ultrasound has many uses, including screening for breast health. It can detect early-stage breast changes and it does not emit radiation. It may also be useful in confirming or clarifying the results of other tests, such as a mammogram. Find out how to prepare for the scan, and what the results might mean. (Medical News Today)

McDonald criteria: MS diagnosis guidelines
Learn about the McDonald criteria. What is dissemination in space, what is dissemination in time, and what additional data are used for diagnosis? (Medical News Today)

Targeted radiotherapy limits side effects of breast cancer treatment
Breast cancer patients who have radiotherapy targeted at the original tumour site experience fewer side effects five years after treatment than those who have whole breast radiotherapy, and their... (Medical News Today)

Breast cancer patients can use antiperspirants during radiotherapy
Women undergoing daily radiation therapy for breast cancer are commonly told they should not use antiperspirant for fear that it could cause greater radiation damage to the skin, but a new study from... (Medical News Today)

Anti-cancer chemotherapeutic agent inhibits glioblastoma growth and radiation resistance
Glioblastoma is a primary brain tumor with dismal survival rates, even after treatment with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. (Medical News Today)

Social interaction could boost chemotherapy's effectiveness
A new study investigates the impact of social interaction on the effectiveness of chemotherapy and the patients' chances of survival. (Medical News Today)

Radiation prior to surgery reduces risk of secondary tumors in early-stage breast cancer
Moffitt Cancer Center researchers launched a first of its kind study comparing the long-term benefits of radiation therapy in women with breast cancer either before surgery (neoadjuvant) or after... (Medical News Today)

Low doses of radiation could harm cardiovascular health, study suggests
Ionizing radiation, such as x-rays, has a harmful effect on the cardiovascular system even at doses equivalent to recurrent CT imaging, a new study published in the International Journal of Radiation... (Medical News Today)

AI analyses X-rays as well as doctors
Many jobs, medical and otherwise, might one day be performed using artificial intelligence. (Medical News Today)

Colorectal cancer: Adding SIRT to chemotherapy boosts survival
For patients with advanced colorectal cancer, new research suggests that adding selective internal radiation therapy to chemotherapy may prolong survival. (Medical News Today)

MRI without contrast agents? Yes, with sugar!
In magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), contrast agents are used to enhance the imaging of tissue structures. (Medical News Today)

Patient mortality could be predicted through computer analysis of organs
The 5-year mortality risk of patients with severe illness may one day be predicted through computer analysis of CT scans, say researchers. (Medical News Today)

Radiation for prostate cancer: What does it involve?
Radiation therapy is a common treatment for prostate and other types of cancer. It can be used to remove the cancer, or alongside other treatments, such as surgery, to reduce or control it. It may be applied internally or externally, and it can target the whole body or only one area. Adverse effects are common. (Medical News Today)

Diagnosis and treatment for ankylosing spondylitis
Ankylosing spondylitis is a kind of arthritis. It causes chronic pain in the lower back and buttocks. It is a progressive condition that cannot be cured, but symptoms can be relieved with treatment, including medication and exercise. This article includes some questions a doctor might ask to help make a diagnosis. (Medical News Today)

Ankylosing spondylitis: X-ray and imaging techniques
X-rays and imaging techniques are essential for diagnosing ankylosing spondylitis (AS), an inflammatory condition that affects the back and sacroiliac joints. X-rays are used to diagnose and monitor the condition. Other options include CT, MRI, and ultrasound. Find out more about the diagnosis of AS. (Medical News Today)

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