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Tests & Treatment

Get information about the types of tests done to diagnose diseases and medical conditions, as well as the treatments that are available today, in this section.

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Unload Study Overview

Diuretics stop working for many people with advanced heart failure, so scientists developed a procedure known as ultrafiltration. The UNLOAD study compared the safety and efficacy of ultrafiltration with that of diuretic drugs. What did they find?


Myofascial Release

Myofascial release (MFR), though not widely recognized, has stood the test of time as a powerful healing tool. Learn about myofascial release. See more »

Physical therapy modalities seek to improve weakness, deficient balance or coordination or other factors. Learn about physical therapy modalities. See more »

Spinal traction is a practice used to treat back and neck pain. Learn about the evolution and effectiveness of spinal traction. See more »

5 Cool Things About EKGs

These 5 cool things about EKGs will surprise you. Learn all about EKGs from HowStuffWorks. See more »

Shock therapy is a term used in the study and practice of psychology. Visit HowStuffWorks to learn all about the term shock therapy. See more »

Can we treat mental illness with hallucinogens?

Hallucinogens have a reputation for expanding the mind. Is it deserved? Learn why hallucinogens like LSD may be the key to treating mental illness. See more »

MRI Pictures

Take a look at MRI pictures to explore MRI technology and see what the body looks like on the inside. Explore MRI pictures and learn how MRI works. See more »

The Ultimate MRI Quiz

An MRI machine is more than just a big, claustrophobia-inducing tube. How much do you know about what's going on inside? See more »

Fluid Overload Treatments

Fluid overload treatment has evolved through the years, from bloodletting to ultrafiltration. Learn more about fluid overload treatment. See more »

What is the cost of heart failure?

Heart failure costs are estimated to be close to $35 billion in 2008. Learn why heart failure costs are so much money. See more »