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Nicholas Leider
Managing Editor
Nicholas joined TriMed in 2016 as the managing editor of the Chicago office. After receiving his master’s from Roosevelt University, he worked in various writing/editing roles for magazines ranging in topic from billiards to metallurgy. Currently on Chicago’s north side, Nicholas keeps busy by running, reading and talking to his two cats.
 - Breast MRI

Researchers, investigating how community practices are following breast cancer screening guidelines, found that high-risk individuals, especially those with a family history of the disease, were not receiving additional MRI scans to help in early detection.

Before the gifts are below the tree and the eggnog is in hand, many people will have to catch flights to be back with loved ones. With a week until Christmas, airports across the United States will be hectic for the near future.

 - Breast screening

Perhaps rules are meant to be broken. But guidelines, according to recent research, are not always followed when physicians recommend breast cancer screening to patients.

Testicular cancer is relatively rare, with only 9,000 cases a year in the United States, found mostly in young men between 20 and 34 years old. Esquire.com recently published the first-person account of one case, with an otherwise healthy 31-year-old man dealing with surgery, life changes and the long-term effects of excessive radiation.

 - Brain MRI

Around this time of year, people are reminded it’s better to give than receive. According to recent research using functional MRI (fMRI) to examine brain function, this is true when it comes to giving thanks. Gratitude may be good for mental health and increase overall feelings of altruism.

 - Brain Structure & Noise Sensitivity

As the old rock-n-roll cliché goes, “If it’s too loud, you’re too old.” But Swedish researchers, with the help of MRI, have found brain structure and gray matter—which can be affected by age—might have something to do with an individual’s sensitivity to noise.

 - Nano-CT

Computer tomography (CT) has produced stunning images and improved diagnosis and treatment of myriad health complications. A German research team has developed an imaging technique called nano-CT that produces images at resolutions up to 100 nanometers, a marketed improvement from the 500 nm in traditional CT methods.

 - Eclipse

Recent research, led by Chris Wu, MD, with the department of ophthalmology at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai in New York, in JAMA Ophthalmology discussed the case of one woman who experienced acute solar retinopathy, where researchers used adaptive optics scanning light ophthalmoscopy to gather high-resolution images of her eye structures.

Medical research can gain traction in the mainstream media when findings make for catchy headlines. Last week, The New England Journal of Medicine reported hormonal contraception use can increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer. (Radiology Business tackled the subject.)

 - Headache

The discussion about head injuries and their lasting effects has mainly involved contact sports, with many cases involving retired professional football players. But in addition to these older men, college-aged women are experiencing concussions at a higher rate than their male counterparts.