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This Is Why You Shouldn't Bring a Gun Into an MRI

Patient, 57, ended up shot in the butt after sneaking a firearm into the machine

(Newser) - It might seem obvious to most that one probably shouldn't bring a firearm into a large machine with a powerful magnetic field, but one woman learned that lesson the hard way. The Messenger first reported on the "adverse event" cited by the Food and Drug Administration , in which...

Should We Scan Our Bodies to See What Might Lurk?

Preventative full-body scans are becoming more in-demand among the wealthy

(Newser) - "In September when everybody comes back from the Hamptons and they all start getting physicals for the year, I'm sure I'm going to get a lot more requests." What they're seeking, the doctor tells the Wall Street Journal , are preventative full-body scans—meaning ones not...

Patient Went for MRI, Came Out With Mask-Shaped Burn

FDA warns about metals in face masks

(Newser) - Someone is walking around with a mask-shaped burn on their face, according to the FDA. In a Tuesday alert, the agency warned against wearing face masks with metal parts during MRI exams, saying a patient had been burned "from the metal in a face mask" while undergoing a neck...

Man Says MRI Left Him With 2-Inch-Deep Hole in Stomach

He's suing the hospital

(Newser) - A 72-year-old man with diabetes is suing a California hospital after he says an MRI burned a 2-inch-deep hole into his stomach, KTLA reports. Nick Kruth went to Glendale Adventist Medical Center in 2016 because he had low blood pressure and his legs felt weak, and doctors ordered a series...

Man Killed After Being Sucked Into MRI Machine

Mumbai victim was holding a metal oxygen canister at the time

(Newser) - A freak accident involving an MRI machine killed a man in a hospital in Mumbai, India. The details are harrowing: Rajesh Maru, 32, had been in the MRI room with a female relative who was preparing to undergo a scan, reports News18 . The fatal mistake: He was holding the woman'...

How the Brains of Those Blinded at a Young Age Differ

Some areas show increased connectivity

(Newser) - Ever wonder whether being blind was in some way an advantage for pianists like Ray Charles, George Shearing, Art Tatum, and Stevie Wonder? New research published in the journal PLOS ONE finds that the brains of people blind from a young age are dramatically different than the brains of normally...

Brains of Kids as Young as 8 Altered After One Football Season

Players don't even need a full-blown concussion to suffer adverse effects: study

(Newser) - Grade-school football players may not ever experience a concussion, but just one season of "sub-concussive head impacts"—blows to the head that aren't quite severe enough to cause a full-blown concussion—could be enough to alter young athletes' brains, ABC News reports. Per a study in the...

When It Comes to Mood Disorders, Girls May Be Like Mom

Mothers and daughters have similar brain circuitry

(Newser) - A woman with depression might have her mother's brain circuitry at least partly to blame, suggests a new study out of the University of California San Francisco . In the small but potentially groundbreaking study led by psychiatry professor Fumiko Hoeft, researchers discovered that the structure of the part of...

The Biggest Physics Breakthroughs of the Year

We now know what's needed for secure quantum teleportation

(Newser) - Physics World has given its 2015 Breakthrough of the Year award to two scientists in China who demonstrated the requirements for secure quantum teleportation. Sadly, this doesn't mean you'll be able to randomly appear anywhere in the world, but it's pretty cool regardless. Basically, the research...

Girl Almost Drowns, Then Docs Discover Tumor

Emily Thomas was having increasingly violent seizures

(Newser) - In June 2014, Emily Thomas dipped under the water one more time as her family finished swimming, when she had a seizure. Seeing her body float to the surface, her parents performed CPR and, two minutes later, got her heart beating again. But when doctors performed an MRI scan at...

MRIs May Be Leaving Toxins in Our Brains
MRIs May Be Leaving
Toxins in Our Brains

MRIs May Be Leaving Toxins in Our Brains

New research raises more questions about contrasting agents

(Newser) - Could some MRIs be doing more harm than good? It's too early to say definitively, but ProPublica points to new research in the journal Radiology showing that a potentially toxic metal is ending up in the brains of patients. The concern revolves contrasting agents, drugs used to make the...

New Gulf War Syndrome Discovery Is 'Huge'
New Gulf War Syndrome Discovery Is 'Huge'
say researchers

New Gulf War Syndrome Discovery Is 'Huge'

Findings will allow doctors to quickly arrive at a diagnosis

(Newser) - Scientists now know that Gulf War Syndrome is more than just a psychological condition—it's actually tied to brain damage . But for the first time, they have zeroed in on physical proof that this is the case. The Georgetown researchers used fMRI machines on 31 Gulf War vets and...

Doctors: 90+ Procedures Are Overkill, Drive Health Costs

New list outlines the overused, useless, and harmful

(Newser) - A group of doctors have assembled a list of more than 90 medical procedures that are overused, often useless, and even harmful, in a bid to drive Americans toward consuming less care. The report, from ABIM Foundation's Choosing Wisely program calls out everything from Pap tests (which it argues...

Math Can Hurt You—Physically
 Math Can Hurt  
Study Says

Math Can Hurt You—Physically

Just thinking about it hurts, say researchers

(Newser) - Thanks to Barbie, we've long known that math class is tough. But now scientists say just the thought of math can be downright painful, reports Stuff . Researchers used MRIs to measure subjects' brain activity in a variety of hypothetical situations, including "walking to math class" and "receiving...

MRI Machines Go Super-Size for Chubbier US

Accommodating obesity 'a design requirement'

(Newser) - As the US gets heavier, makers of MRI machines and other medical scanners are rushing to cope—by literally enlarging their equipment. But for some Americans, the process isn't going fast enough. The Wall Street Journal recounts the story of a 630-pound Maryland mechanic who's been out of...

Doctors: Chill With All the MRIs, EKGs

With so much unnecessary testing, doctors try to rein in excess

(Newser) - US doctors need to scale back on 45 of the most common testing procedures and treatments—such as EKGs for physicals when there's no sign of heart trouble, MRIs for routine back pain, and antibiotics for mild sinusitis. A panel of nine medical specialty boards is to make the...

Trippy Mushrooms May Light Way to Depression Treatment
Mushrooms May Light Way
to Depression Treatment
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Mushrooms May Light Way to Depression Treatment

Psilocybin dampens areas of brain linked to depression, studies suggest

(Newser) - Far out. Hallucinogenic mushrooms' effect on the human brain may provide valuable clues for scientists seeking treatments for depression. Two studies into the effects of psilocybin, the active ingredient in "magic mushrooms," reveal that it suppresses activity in the same areas of the brain dampened by anti-depressant treatments,...

'Silent Strokes' May Damage Memory

About 25% of seniors have had them

(Newser) - "Silent strokes" may be taking a toll on seniors' memory. A new study shows that seniors who have suffered such strokes—they don't have obvious symptoms but leave behind dead brain cells—do worse on memory tests, reports USA Today . It's no small thing: An estimated 1...

Women: This Is Your Brain During Orgasm

Bran scan video is first to reveal female fireworks

(Newser) - Here, finally, is a female orgasm in living, gasping color, delivered in a mesmerizing video of brain scans. The scans show the build up, the big event, and the "recovery" after several areas of the brain light up in a "crescendo" of oxygen-rapacious activity, reports the Guardian . The...

Athletes, Think Twice About Getting That MRI

Doctors say they're overused and often misleading

(Newser) - Attention weekend warriors: If your doctor recommends an MRI—or worse, surgery based on its results—be very skeptical. That's the gist of a New York Times article explaining that a growing number of specialists in sports medicine think MRIs are way overused, often misleading, and sometimes just a...

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