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July 2020
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X-rays, MRI, CT scans and PET scans

Imaging tests are common, but having your body scanned in a tube can seem more like science fiction than medical science. Learn about the ways health professionals view the inside of your body detect, diagnose, treat or monitor disease.

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Blisters

For the quickest healing, it’s best to pop a blister and remove the dead skin.
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Second Opinion

Do brain training memory apps for smartphones work as advertised? I'm looking to slow the memory loss that I feel I've been experiencing.

There's some promising evidence that brain-training smartphone apps — with popular choices being Lumosity, BrainHQ, Elevate or Peak — may have a mild to moderate effect on improving memory and other types of thinking in older adults with age-related cognitive decline or those with mild cognitive impairment.

While brain-training apps may provide a boost, there's no substantial evidence that they can prevent or slow cognitive decline. They also don't seem to help people with cognitive decline that has progressed to dementia. There's also considerable debate as to whether brain-training apps simply make you better at the brain-training exercises or tests, or whether the improved cognition extends into tasks of everyday life.

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