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In The Loop December 2016 – College Kids Mumps, More Opioid Deaths, Winter Weather Health Risks, Fast MRIs & Much MORE!

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#1College kid coming home with mumps? Here’s what to know

It’s winter break. Eagerly, you study the passengers passing through the arrivals door until finally, you spot the familiar face of your very own college kid. But instead of smiles, you see swollen glands, a feverish brow, an expression of pain… – Read More

#2 Deaths from synthetic opioids up 72%, CDC says

Death rates from synthetic opioids, including fentanyl, increased 72.2% from 2014 to 2015, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. The new report confirms the dramatic increase in opioid overdoses that first responders have been seeing as they respond to overdose calls. – Read More

#3 Stay warm! Your life may depend on it

Baby, it’s cold outside — and many of us first feel the freezing temperatures of winter in our toes and fingertips before elsewhere in the body. This happens as your body works to protect your vital organs from the cold, said Dr. Suzanne Salamon, associate chief of clinical programs at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. – Read More 

#4 FastMRI detects changes in brain activity

Measuring and localizing neural signals in the brain without invasive procedures is a challenge, but one that could yield a significant advantage for studies, surgery, and care related to human perception, attention, and awareness. Scientists at Harvard Medical School and the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital have been testing fast fMRI. Regular MRI detects structures, while fMRI (aka functional MRI) measures... – Read More

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73 year old triathlete returns to running, thanks to PT

When Charlie Plaskon says he’s committed to removing the “dis” from “disability,” believe him. Those aren’t just empty words—it’s the way he lives his life. And it’s the drive that moved Plaskon, legally blind since childhood, to take up running at age 55 and then overcome a series of injuries… – Read More 

Casual cannabis use: Is there a link to depression?

In 2014, recreational cannabis use was legalized in Colorado, and seven other states have since followed suit. With an ever-expanding part of the population using marijuana to cure a number of ailments, researchers at Colorado State University have investigated its effects on mood… – Read More 

Stroke suit helps patients maximize rehab at home

Advances in battery technology, wearables, smart e-textiles, and big data analysis may have the solution to improving stroke rehab. Bart Klassen, a Ph.D. Student at the University of Twente in the Netherlands worked with a consortium of healthcare professionals, engineers, and insurance companies to develop the first “stroke suit.”… Read More 

‘Sniff test’ may be useful in diagnosing early Alzheimer’s disease

Tests that measure the sense of smell may soon become common in neurologists’ offices. Scientists have been finding increasing evidence that the sense of smell declines sharply in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, and now a new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease confirms that administering a simple “sniff test” can enhance the accuracy of diagnosing this dreaded disease… Read More

Dry needling effective in treating muscle issues

Whether it’s sports injuries or muscle spasms, physical therapy is a standard method of treating patients. But another therapy gaining popularity in the lake area is dry needling. If you don’t like needles – this may not be for you. “I have been sitting behind a desk for almost 30 years – with that came a neck issue, as well as in my muscles and my shoulders,” said Christine Doucet, who is undergoing dry needing therapy. – Read More 

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