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Improve Your Understanding of Test That Assess Heart Function

If your doctor suspects you have heart disease, he or she may order some tests that will provide information about the structure and function of your heart and your coronary arteries. These tests range from simple, non‑invasive screenings to more involved procedures that may include the use of high-tech imaging equipment.

“Typically,

MGH Study: Noise Pollution Linked to Higher Stroke, Heart Disease Risks

Living or working next to a busy highway or airport may affect the brain in a way that raises your risk of cardiovascular events, such as stroke or heart attack.

In a study published recently in Environment International, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital found that high levels of environmental noise exposure

MGH Study Discovers Brain Inflammation-Fibromyalgia Connection

Fibromyalgia is a perplexing condition. It causes severe aches and pains, and can affect sleep, mood and memory. There is no simple diagnostic test and no cure. And treatments that help control symptoms in one person may not work for another with the same condition.

But researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital

2. Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the second-most-common cancer in men (after skin cancer) and the second-most-common cause of cancer-related death in men (after lung cancer). Latest data from the American Cancer Society: One in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, and one in 41 will die from

1. Inside the Brain

If you were to look only at the record of pharmaceutical interventions against Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, the picture would be bleak. “’The history of the results of clinical trials has been a history of disappointment,” says Keith Fargo, PhD, director of scientific programs and outreach for

5. Detecting Alzheimer’s

Despite the tremendous amount of research that has been done and is ongoing, there is still no single definitive test for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In fact, the official diagnostic criteria most recently updated in 2011 by the National Institutes of Health and the Alzheimer’s Association rely primarily on clinical

6. Diagnosis

Alzheimer’s disease begins with mild symptoms and gets worse over time. Some people are aware of the cognitive decline, while others are not. In many cases, relatives and friends first notice a problem. If you suspect that you or a loved one has cognitive impairment, see a physician. A primary

Glioblastoma: Understanding an Aggressive Form of Brain Cancer

Glioblastoma: Understanding an Aggressive Form of Brain Cancer

Glioblastoma is a relatively rare brain cancer that affects 3 of 100,000 people in the United States. Pronounced “gly-oh blass toh mah,” it develops in star-shaped cells called astrocytes (see sidebar below) that spread quickly to other parts of the brain or spinal cord but not to other parts of

1. Causes of Depression

Depression is so much more than just feeling down in the dumps. It is a complex condition that has an impact on your mind and body. It has many causes, several of which may work together to produce a constellation of emotional, mental, and physical symptoms. This chapter outlines the

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