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The New Healthcare Marketplace: Explained

Thanks to WebMD Medical News, the purpose of the confusing new changes to the medical industry are laid out for us. The Health Insurance Marketplace (also called Exchanges) will soon be available in 34 states.

These establishments will open thousands of jobs who will staff the call centers. Starting in June, between 7,000 and 9,000 people will be available to answer calls and questions, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply call 1-800-Medicare, which is manned by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

The Marketplace […]

MRIs Helping Alter Sports Regulations

We all watch sports and think it’s cool when something bad happens. Viewers wait for a Nascar crash and an NFL sack, but these things, even things as simple as soccer heading, can cause damage to our favorite athletes. In fact, “At least 1.6 million sports- and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries occur in the United States annually.” 

Dr. Michael Lipton and others at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University studied just how much heading is too much. They used their $3 million grant (awarded by the National Institute of Health) to find long and short term consequences.

They found […]

MRIs Can Catch Prenatal Brain Abnormalities – Restoring Hope

Cerebral Ischemia, which is when the brain receives low blood flow, caused brain cells to die which affects brain function – or so we thought. The use of MRIs has shown that ischemia actually alters the maturation of the neurons; they don’t necessarily die. By catching this irregular blood flow early, measures can be taken to revive the damaged neurons. These measures can be as simply as improving nutrition. Doing this not only improves cortical development but also lowers the chance of a premature birth.

The study involved fetal lambs experiencing cerebral ischemia. An MRI exam was given 1, 2, and […]