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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IBS AND IBD?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are chronic conditions that can both cause abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea. However, despite having similar symptoms, the conditions are very different. 

IBS is a chronic disorder of the gastrointestinal tract, while IBD is inflammation or destruction of the bowel wall, which can lead to sores and narrowing of the intestines. It’s possible to have both IBD and IBS. 

CAN ATHEROSCLEROSIS BE REVERSED?

Over time, material can build up in your arteries. This “plaque” can be composed of various substances that circulate in your blood, including calcium, fat, and cholesterol. Plaque buildup can start at an early age and is caused by a combination of genetic and lifestyle risk factors. 

When this buildup causes blood vessels to become narrow, stiff, or blocked, it’s called hardening of the arteries or atherosclerosis. This process can have serious health implications, especially when it affects the coronary arteries which deliver blood to the heart.  

HOW DO THE KIDNEYS AND BLADDER CHANGE WITH AGE?

For two bean-shaped organs, each about the size of a fist, the kidneys play an important role in keeping your body healthy. They can filter about a half cup of blood every minute when they are functioning at their peak. 

Your kidneys remove waste and extra water to make urine. Two thin tubes of muscle on either side of your bladder, called ureters, take the urine from the kidneys to your bladder where it’s stored.  

ARE ALL MRI'S THE SAME?

An MRI is a safe, painless, and non-invasive scan that assists in establishing a medical diagnosis for you and your doctor. Its ability to produce a cross section of high-quality images of your body’s internal organs and structures make it one of the most versatile imaging techniques available.  

YUKON’S RUN FOR MOM HELPING TO FIGHT BREAST CANCER

Mayfair Diagnostics is pleased to support the 23rd annual Run for Mom on Sunday, May 9, 2021. Beginning at 11 a.m. in Rotary Park, Whitehorse, Yukon, participants are encouraged to run, walk, cheer, volunteer, and donate to support local breast health care. 

ROTATOR CUFF TEAR OR TENDONITIS: WHAT’S WRONG WITH MY SHOULDER?

Shoulder pain is a common nuisance that you may not even think about until you reach overhead for your favorite coffee mug and, ouch, there it is! Pain that suddenly starts to interfere with routine habits like brushing your teeth, drying your hair, or reaching overhead. If this sounds familiar, it’s time to speak with your doctor.  

While there are a number of potential causes for shoulder pain, two of the most common sources are attributed to either a tear to the rotator cuff, or tendonitis. What’s the difference? Let’s take a closer look.  

HOW DOES STRESS AFFECT YOUR BODY?

Thanks to a global pandemic many of us have had to live with constant worry about our own health, our loved ones’ health, and our jobs. That’s on top of adapting to a lot of change. It's an understatement to say this can be a bit stressful.  

In addition to the mental toll that stress can have, there are also physical effects of chronic stress. Generally, our body can handle stress in small doses. When that stress becomes long term, it can affect all systems of the body, such as muscles, the cardiovascular system, and the gastrointestinal system to name a few. 

WHY WOULD I NEED A CERVICAL SPINE MRI?

The cervical spine is the part of your spine that runs through your neck. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a strong magnetic field and radiofrequency waves to examine the bones of this part of the spine and the soft tissues of your neck. 

WHEN SHOULD BACK PAIN BE INVESTIGATED?

Are you experiencing back pain? If so, you’re not alone. According to Bone and Joint Canada, back pain affects up to 80% of adults at least once in their lifetime. It’s one of the most common reasons people see a doctor or miss days at work. 

WHY WOULD I NEED A KIDNEY AND BLADDER ULTRASOUND?

For bladder and kidney symptoms, such as pain, more or less frequent urination, uncomfortable urination, etc., it’s important to speak with your health care practitioner. Your doctor will likely order a number of tests to investigate the cause for these symptoms. These tests often include blood or urine tests, but medical imaging may also be recommended.