New research suggests doctors conduct a risk-benefit analysis before administering gadolinium, a common contrast agent injected into a patient’s veins before undergoing an MRI scan. Recent studies have shown contrast agent deposits can accumulate in the brain. In some patients, excessive exposure to contrast agents can harm the liver and pancreas. (August 7, 2017)
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Did you know your brain has what scientists call a “breathing pacemaker” in your brainstem? This neural circuit can be adjusted by breathing rhythm, which in turn influences emotional reactions to stress. Centuries of wisdom instructs us to pay closer attention to our breathing, one of the most basic things we do each day. And yet, maybe because breathing is so basic, it is also easy to ignore.
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