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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

Bone mets brings emotional stress but there are healthy ways to cope.

Four Feelings Caused by Bone Mets and How to Cope with Them Cancer as a physical disease has been recognized since ancient times. However, not until 20th century interest in psychology and the effects of emotional stress on the brain and body did cancer patients’ feelings get the medical attention they deserve. Considering how many […] CONTINUE

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Bone Mets: How Can You Counteract Anxiety with Positive Outlook?

Cancer patients who learn that their disease has metastasized (spread) to the bone – or bone mets, as it is called – often feel like the rug has been pulled out from under them. Demoralization, disorientation, anxiety and depression are normal responses. It is all too easy to anticipate bad things, especially disabling pain. Even […] CONTINUE

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Once facet joint pain is identified, it can be treated with MRgFUS.

Facet Pain: Where it All Began and What Can Be Done About It There are so many varieties of back pain causes that they could fill a catalogue: injury from an accident or sudden movement, skeletal abnormalities, degeneration of bones or joints, compression of nerves, disk problems, etc. Nerves branches from the spinal cord can […] CONTINUE

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MRgFUS offers new optimism about essential tremor.

A Treatment Breakthrough Brings New Essential Tremor Optimism Essential tremor (ET) can be good cause for pessimism. An obstacle that many ET patients run up against is the lack of knowledge on the part of doctors. According to ET patient Peter Muller, the Executive Director of a support organization called HopeNET there is a great […] CONTINUE

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If you have bone mets, peer support can bring comfort.

One of the most discouraging aspects of being diagnosed with cancer that has spread to the bone (bone metastasis or bone mets) is feeling alone. Whether the news comes as a shock because your doctor believed “we got it all out” or you were initially diagnosed with Stage !V disease and therefore expected cancer spread, […] CONTINUE

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Four easy-to-remember tips help prevent back pain.

“…let’s see if we can’t prevent being ill by trying to offer a love of prevention before illness.” Maya Angelou Do you remember buying your first car? Once you had the means to afford your own car, whether new or used, it was exciting to think about the make and model you wanted, shop the […] CONTINUE

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Bone Mets Can Change the Basic Structure of Bones

Cancer that originates in an organ like the breast, prostate, lung etc. can spread when tumor cells break away and enter the blood stream or lymph system. It is not easy for breakaway cells to survive the body’s defenses and implant elsewhere. However, if they implant in bone, it is called bone mets (short for […] CONTINUE

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