Mammograms are the first step when women are on the lookout for breast cancer. But for some women, especially those with dense breasts and who have a special risk according to family history, additional screening might make sense.
The color pink has become almost inextricably associated with breast cancer research, especially during October. For many people, wearing pink clothes or using pink products can feel like a way to morally support friends and family who have had the disease while also monetarily contribute to research that could find ways to save lives.
There’s a new way to detect the buildup of tau proteins in living brains, according to research published in the journal Brain. The method uses PET imaging to see in which regions of the brain the protein is accumulating. It may also possibly reveal clues about the potential for Alzheimer’s or other tau-related cognitive diseases in individual patients—and pave the way for new types of Alzheimer’s drugs.
Concussion diagnosis rates are rising among teenagers—and researchers think they know why. It might not be that more kids are actually getting hurt, but that coaches, parents and doctors are more aware of the warning signs of adolescent head injuries.
Certain kinds of cancer, including prostate cancer, are famously hard to detect using PET scans, the method for which most kinds of cancerous tumors are located in the body. But another type of nuclear imaging could help detect tumors regular PET scans can’t see, according to the Wall Street Journal.
A new PET-guided method to monitoring tumor growth could help doctors identify the ways cancer avoids certain kinds of treatment. Researchers published the results of a trial studying this method in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
A website offering information about dense breasts, Dense Breast Info, wants women to be aware of their services, even though they aren’t always the first result in an internet search about breast density.
Autism symptoms in children could be exacerbated if their mothers undergo fetal ultrasounds early in pregnancy, according to a new study published in Autism Research. And now, the Wall Street Journal reported, doctors are looking for a way to cut back on first-trimester fetal ultrasounds without scaring away women who might need the procedure, while definitive proof of autism-related effects remains elusive.