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Landmark clinical study shows MRgFUS effective for bone mets pain.

A Landmark Study on Palliation of Bone Mets PainWhen a primary cancer such as cancer of the breast, prostate or lung spreads to the bone (bone mets), treatment strategies become complex. In today’s world of oncology, better systemic chemotherapies can add months and even years to a patient’s life; in addition, local cancer control of […] KEEP READING

Understanding cartilage increases awareness of its importance.

What You Should Know About CartilageOne of the most fascinating components of the human body is cartilage, an incredibly versatile material. Trying to describe cartilage is like the six blind men who try to figure out what an elephant is: “The elephant is like a pillar,” said the man who touched his leg. “Oh no! […] KEEP READING

Essential tremor gets worse in stressful situations.

How Stress Makes Essential Tremor WorseEssential tremor (ET) is the most common form of uncontrollable rhythmic shaking, though it is sometimes misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s disease. The involuntary trembling results from abnormal communication between certain areas of the brain (cerebellum, thalamus, and brain stem). It is estimated that 10 million Americans suffer from ET, though many […] KEEP READING

Patient’s ET Treatment Success Makes the News

For 79-year old Karl Weidamann, a patient suffering with essential tremor (ET), beaming sound waves into his brain produced a result that must have seemed miraculous. It stopped the dominant hand tremor that had plagued him for 15 years. Now he can once again sign his name clearly, feed himself soup without embarrassing splashes, and […] CONTINUE

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6 Clues That Your Back Pain is From Facet Joint Problems

Almost everyone gets back pain at one time or another, right? You lifted that heavy bin the wrong way, your worn-out workstation chair is a nightmare, you were rear-ended, you carry chronic tension in your shoulders, you tried to return an impossible tennis serve and threw out your back…the list goes on and on. But […] CONTINUE

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Does Essential Tremor Have Stages?

Essential tremor (ET) is the most common movement disorder, involving rhythmic trembling of the hands, head, or voice in over 90% of cases (other body parts can also be affected). When symptoms first appear, may patients fear that they have Parkinson’s disease, a serious degenerative disorder that moves through worsening stages as brain cells die […] CONTINUE

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7 Approaches to Managing Bone Mets Pain

Patients who have advanced breast, prostate or lung cancer become especially worried that tumor cells will spread to the bone (bone metastasis, or simply bone mets). Pain from bone mets can range from mild to extremely severe. In addition to increased risk for painful fractures, bones are rich in nerves that transmit pain messages to […] CONTINUE

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4 Ablation Approaches to Treat Painful Bone Metastasis

“These are the days of miracle and wonder…” sang Paul Simon in his song “The Boy in the Bubble.” When it comes to treating painful tumors that have spread to the bone from their primary location (breast, prostate, lung, etc.) the clinical world has entered a new age in medicine. Bone is the third most […] CONTINUE

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Is Your Job a Pain in the Neck (or Lower Back)?

Back pain is one of the most common causes of workplace absences. On the other hand, many occupations actually foster back pain. On-the-job accidents can result in painful injuries to the neck area (cervical spine) or lower back (lumbar spine), but such cases are in the minority. More often, on-the-job back pain results from a […] CONTINUE

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3 Advantages (and 1 Disadvantage) of MRgFUS for Parkinson’s Disease Tremors

In 2016, Forbes Magazine carried an article on MR-guided Focused Ultrasound (MRgFUS) for essential tremor (ET). Citing positive results from clinical trials, the article explained that “The treatment doesn’t require any implants, incisions or ionizing radiationi.” As the news spread, Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients who also suffer from tremors wondered if MRgFUS could eliminate their […] CONTINUE

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Biomarkers: New Heroes in the Earliest Detection of Breast Cancer Bone Mets

Detection devices provide early warnings First responders are people who are professionally trained for the earliest intervention in emergency situations. They are found in such jobs as police, firefighters, drug agents, homeland security, animal wardens, armed forces and National Guard, etc. Sometimes, the emergency is catastrophe that creates a potentially deadly environment, e.g. a gas […] CONTINUE

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Can a Back Brace Prevent Facet Joint Pain?

It is estimated at 4 out of 5 people will have back pain at least once in their lives. Often, the pain comes on suddenly as the result of a strain or an accident-related injury. However, many people suffer from chronic low back pain due to an ongoing condition. In either case, there is a […] CONTINUE

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Essential Tremor: Not Just a Single Disease?

Essential tremor (ET) is the most common movement disorder, affecting an estimated 10 million people in the U.S. It recognizes no geographic boundaries. From the island of Manhattan to remote islands in the South Seas, abnormal hand, arm, head and voice tremors affect their sufferers’ quality of life. It used to be thought that ET […] CONTINUE

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