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June 2016 Archives

Study finds that body position could influence MRI scan accuracy

The sophisticated diagnostic equipment found in modern Pennsylvania hospitals is sometimes able to detect medical conditions that would have gone undiagnosed just a few short years ago. However, equipment such as MRI machines may be of little use if they are not used correctly. A study conducted by a Boston hospital found that MRI scans performed prior to breast cancer surgery may yield inaccurate results if a woman is scanned while lying face down.

TBIs raise the chance of depression

Pennsylvania residents who have incurred a traumatic brain injury may find that they have contracted a number of serious issues that range from the physical to the psychological. For example, numerous studies have confirmed that depression is a common symptom of TBIs, and it may be difficult to treat by ordinary methods.

Test may help the diagnosis of TBIs

Pennsylvania residents who have incurred traumatic brain injuries are misdiagnosed far too often. One reason is the lack of a reliable screening test. Currently, a diagnosis depends on an interview by a doctor. Many of the symptoms of traumatic brain injuries overlap with the symptoms of PTSD, leading some people to be wrongly diagnosed with that disorder.

Former astronaut facing vehicular homicide charges

Media outlets in Pennsylvania and around the country have reported that a former NASA astronaut and Air Force test pilot was taken into custody during the early morning hours of June 6 after a car accident in Alabama left two young girls dead. The 59-year-old man was charged with multiple counts of murder after police determined that he was likely intoxicated and speeding when his vehicle rear-ended the car carrying the sisters.

Potentially dangerous airbags still being installed by car makers

Pennsylvania residents may be aware that millions of cars, light trucks and SUVs have been recalled in recent months because airbags made by Takata have been known to shower vehicle occupants with metal shards after deploying, but they may be surprised to learn that at least four auto makers are still using the potentially dangerous airbags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has linked at least 10 deaths and about 100 injuries to Takata airbags, but a report issued on June 2 by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation revealed that Volkswagen, Chrysler Fiat, Mitsubishi and Toyota continue to install them in some of their vehicles.

NFL allegedly tried to influence brain injury research

Pennsylvania football fans may have heard about the link between football and a brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy. On May 23, a senior House Democrat report claimed that officials from the National Football League tried to sway the results of brain research. The NFL allegedly withdrew a donation after it learned that the money might be used to fund research linking football to brain diseases.