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What is a lumbar MRI scan?
Doctors use a lumbar MRI scan to examine a person’s lower spine for problems. An MRI scan uses magnetic fields and radio waves to create an image of the inside of a person’s body. It is a painless and low-risk procedure. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Alzheimer's: Artificial intelligence predicts onset
A deep learning algorithm trained to analyze brain scans accurately predicted who would develop Alzheimer's more than 6 years before diagnosis. (Medical News Today)

What are the side effects of radiation for breast cancer?
Radiation can be an effective treatment for breast cancer, but it does have side effects. Doctors may recommend this therapy in combination with others, such as surgery and chemotherapy. Learn more about how radiation for breast cancer affects the body and what short- and long-term side effects to expect. (Medical News Today)

What to know about radiation dermatitis
Radiation dermatitis occurs when radiotherapy, a standard cancer treatment, damages the healthy skin cells. People can ease skin redness and peeling with calming skincare routines, some of which we explain here. (Medical News Today)

What happens with a pinched nerve in the shoulder?
A pinched nerve in the shoulder, also known as cervical radiculopathy, occurs when something presses against a nerve coming from the neck. This often causes pain and weakness in the arm. Many cases resolve without treatment, but some need medication and surgery to relieve symptoms. (Medical News Today)

Cancer: Scientists reveal how to boost radiotherapy
Scientists reveal that targeting a pathway in cancer cells that controls the motion of their mitochondria could make them more yielding to radiotherapy. (Medical News Today)

Pictures of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can affect the shape and size of the joints, often in the hands, feet, and knees. X-rays and MRI scans can identify any damage that RA has caused. Seeing pictures of the symptoms can help people understand them better. In this article, we use images to take a close look at the symptoms of RA. (Medical News Today)

How serious is a fractured skull?
A skull fracture is a break in a skull bone, and the primary cause is trauma to the head. There are different types of fracture, but symptoms usually include a headache, bruising, and a loss of balance. Some skull fractures heal on their own while others require surgery. Learn more about skull fractures here. (Medical News Today)

New technique treats prostate cancer in just five radiotherapy sessions
A new clinical trial proves the benefits of an innovative form of radiotherapy that reduces the treatment to five sessions instead of the usual 37. (Medical News Today)

Why does radiation-induced breast cancer occur?
A new study shows that low levels of tumor-suppressing protein PTEN in breast stroma tissue could raise women's risk of radiation-triggered breast cancer. (Medical News Today)

Smoking and diabetes 'risk factors' for calcium buildup in brain
A study of brain CT scans of patients with memory problems found that diabetes and smoking were linked to hippocampal calcifications. (Medical News Today)

What does breast cancer look like on a mammogram?
A mammogram can help a doctor to diagnose breast cancer or monitor how it responds to treatment. Fatty breast tissue appears grey or black on images, while dense tissues such as glands are white. Benign and cancerous tumors, cysts, fibroadenomas, and calcifications also look white. Here, learn more about mammograms. (Medical News Today)

Can we protect the brain from cosmic radiation?
Deep space radiation poses a serious threat to brain function, as it can impair cognitive abilities. Can an experimental drug offset these harmful effects? (Medical News Today)

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?
A prostate biopsy is used to test for prostate cancer. There can be some drawbacks, for example, discomfort and the possibility of an inaccurate result. We look at three alternative options that could help diagnose prostate cancer without undergoing a biopsy: enzyme tests, MRI, and watchful waiting. Find out more. (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
The McDonald criteria allow a doctor to formally recognize and treat people with multiple sclerosis (MS). This article explains the criteria and its terminologies, such as dissemination in space and time, and which additional data are used for diagnosis. This article also looks at recent revisions to the criteria. (Medical News Today)

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