Archive for the ‘X-RAYS ULTRASOUND’ Category


Saturday, January 16th, 2016

1…Artificial Sweeteners


Despite all the talk — and chain emails — there’s no proof that these sugar stand-ins raise your risk of cancer. Saccharine did cause cancer in rats, but their bodies react to it differently than ours, researchers say. There hasn’t been a cancer warning label on it since 2000. A study of aspartame in people found no link either.

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Your dentist covers you in a lead blanket for a reason. Even low doses of X-rays raise your chances of getting cancer, but only by a small amount. In general, the higher the dose of radiation, the more the risk. But there’s no amount of this kind of radiation that’s totally safe. That’s why the EPA limits how much you can get.

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3…Cell Phones  >>>


This gadget, which you keep near all the time, gives off the same type of energy as microwave ovens. So far, it hasn’t been linked to cancer, but more research is needed. Just to be safe:

  • Save it for short chats or when there’s no landline.
  • Use a hands-free device.

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3…Meat  >>>


Whether it’s processed or red, you need less of it in your life. Just one hot dog a day could boost your chances of getting colon cancer.  Luncheon meats, cold cuts, and hot dogs all have preservatives called nitrites, which cause cancer. Smoking meats or cooking them at a high temperature creates compounds called PAHs. Studies are under way to see how they affect people.

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4…Bottled Water  >>


If your bottle is clear plastic, it probably has bisphenol A (BPA). This chemical is used in food and drink containers, dental sealants, and other products. Does it cause cancer? The FDA says no, BPA is safe at current levels found in foods. If you’re concerned, avoid canned foods and store chow and drinks in clear plastic. For hot food, use glass or steel instead.

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5…Sex >>> & >>>>


It’s true. Human papillomavirus (HPV), the most common sexually transmitted infection, can cause cervical and other cancers. Most adults who have sex will get this virus at some point. But they won’t all get cancer. Most of the time, HPV goes away by itself. To lower your risk:

  • Get vaccinated if you’re a female aged 11-26 or a male aged 11-21.
  • Use condoms during sex.
  • Have sex with only one partner.

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6…Dental Fillings >>


Don’t call the dentist to have your metal filings removed and replaced. Experts say your current ones are safe. Studies have found no link between fillings with mercury and cancer — or any other disease.

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7…Coffee >>


If you feel your day doesn’t really start until you’ve had a shot of caffeine, you’ll love this. New research shows that drinking moderate amounts of coffee (around four cups daily) lessens the risk of some types of cancer, among them skin, liver, and colon.

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8…Deodorant and Antiperspirant


Scientists say more research is needed to know for sure if these products boost the odds of breast cancer. They have different jobs — deodorant blocks the smell and antiperspirant stops sweat. Many use chemicals that act like the hormone estrogen, which causes cancer cells to grow. These include benzylparaben, butylparaben, methylparaben, and propylparaben.

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9…Fluoride  >>    >>


This compound is found in water and other drinks and in food, toothpastes, and mouth rinses. Though many studies have looked for links between it and cancer, most researchers says there’s no strong tie. If you’re worried about it, you can ask the Environmental Protection Agency how much is in your drinking water. If it’s high, switch to bottled spring water, which usually has the least.

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10…Household Products  >>


Many pesticides, paints, varnishes, and waxes give off gases known as volatile organic compounds  (VOCs). So do some cleaning, cosmetic, automotive, and hobby products. These gases have been linked to cancer in humans and animals. To cut your risk choose products labeled low-VOC and biodegradable when possible. Avoid items labeled as:

  • Danger/Poison
  • Corrosive
  • Severely Irritating
  • Highly Flammable
  • Highly Combustible
  • Strong Sensitizer

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11..Power Lines >>


Anything that makes, sends, or uses electricity gives off extremely low frequency (ELF) radiation. There’s no proof that it causes cancer. Still, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences says there’s cause for “limited concern.” To be safe, stay at least an arm’s length away from electrical devices. If you live close to a power line and you’re worried, get a gizmo called a gaussmeter. You can use it to measure the ELF fields near you.

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Air pollution causes over 220,000 lung cancer deaths worldwide a year (most of them in Asia). There’s also a link between dirty air and a higher risk of bladder cancer. But the odds for any one person are low. To cut your chances, listen to local smog alerts. Try to stay inside on days when the air quality is poor.

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Henry Sapiecha


Friday, January 30th, 2015

The front view X-ray that shocked Dr Ghofran Ageely.

An unexpected sighting of SpongeBob SquarePants gave a radiologist in Saudi Arabia quite a shock.

Dr Ghofran Ageely at King Abdulaziz University Hospital had X-rayed a 16-month-old boy who had been taken to hospital after it was thought he’d swallowed something.

Ageely told Live Science the first X-ray she saw was the side view, which showed a thin object in the toddler’s throat which she thought was a pin or hair slide.

The side view, which made Dr Ageely think the foreign object was a pin.

She then checked the front view X-ray and got a shock to see SpongeBob staring right back at her.


“I screamed! I was amazed by the visible details. You can see his freckles, shoes and fingers…AMAZING,” said Ageely.

The SpongeBob figure turned out to be a necklace pendant that belonged to the boy’s sister, and doctors managed to remove it from his esophagus without any complications.

Ageely then shared the images on, so they could be discussed by other medical professionals and students.

Managing editor of Radiopaedia, Dr Andrew Dixon, says while they get a lot of interesting X-rays on the sight, the SpongeBob one is unique.

“We see a lot of amazing X-rays on our site, but this one is particularly amazing,” said Dixon.

He told Live Science the features in SpongeBob’s face are distinctive because they are made from raised lines of metal rather than just paint.

While the SpongeBob pendant is out of the ordinary, Dixon said young children often swallow or inhale foreign objects.

“As a father, I know kids put things in their mouth all the time. But as a radiologist, we see this not infrequently,” said Dixon.

While coins, bobby pins, and marbles, are some of the many things children put in their mouths, some things they swallow can be dangerous.

In 2012, parents were issued warnings after a grade 2 student from Sydney swallowed magnets the children were using as fake piercings.

The tiny magnets stuck together on either side of Joel Smith’s stomach wall, and doctors performed a five-hour surgery to remove them before they ruptured his bowel.

His mother Melinda Smith said the surgeons at Wesmead Children’s Hospital were fantastic, but it was a horrible experience.

“They showed me the X-ray showing how quickly and aggressively the magnets had joined up and said he would have been a very, very sick little boy. They said they were an hour to an hour and a half from perforating the bowel and if that happened it would have been touch and go.”

Similar magnets, which are sold as adult stress management toys, killed a toddler in Queensland the year before.


Henry Sapiecha


Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

X-ray danger warning for frequent fliers

Dec 10 – A leading U.S. expert on radiation and its effects on the human body is warning frequent fliers to be wary of the X-ray scanning machines now commonly used in airports around the world. Rob Muir reports.

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Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha