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What is Medical Sonography?
What is Medical Sonography?
Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a non-invasive and painless medical test that uses sound waves to create images of blood flow, organs, and tissues to assist doctors in confirming or ruling out a specific diagnosis. Also known as ultrasound, sonography is a common tool used by doctors in obstetrics and gynecology (OB-GYN) to monitor a woman’s pregnancy.

What Are the Duties of a Medical Sonographer?

Sonographers help to prep...
Brain Foods
Brain Foods
Back in the day (whenever that was) it was common to think that foods shaped like particular organs or body parts would help keep the actual corresponding body part healthy and well.

As scientific thought began to work its way to the forefront, those ideas were treated like wives’ tales or folklore. So, in today's world we can rely on science to point the way towards foods that contribute to optimal cognitive function and we n...
MRI Helps Show How Loneliness Appears in the Brain
MRI Helps Show How Loneliness Appears in the Brain
A new study shows a sort of signature in the brains of lonely people that make them distinct in fundamental ways, based on variations in the volume of different brain regions as well as based on how those regions communicate with one another across brain networks.

A team of resear...
MRI Gets to the Bottom of Smell, Taste Dysfunction from COVID-19
MRI Gets to the Bottom of Smell, Taste Dysfunction from COVID-19
By Emily Hayes, AuntMinnie.com contributing writer

A study conducted by a team of researchers from the U.S. National Institutes of Health found brain damage in patients who died of COVID-19.

The 25-year-old female patient had been diagnosed with COVID-19, with symptoms including anosmia (loss of smell) and ageusia (loss of taste). Experience with her case was ...
What is a Physical Therapist Assistant?
What is a Physical Therapist Assistant?
The job outlook for Physical Therapist Assistants and the demand for their services is so good that government analysts predict more than 1,000 positions will open up every month, on average, for the next decade.

Trained and licensed Physical Therapist Assistants should have little trouble finding job opportunities for the foreseeable future.

There is a high demand for physical therapist assistants, especially due to the ag...
Blind Test Shows AI-Enhanced MRI Scans
Blind Test Shows AI-Enhanced MRI Scans
If you have ever had an MRI scan before, you’ll know how unsettling the experience can be. You’re placed in a claustrophobia-inducing tube and asked to stay completely still for up to an hour while unseen hardware whirs, creaks, and thumps around you like a medical poltergeist. New research, though, suggests AI can help with this predicament by making MRI scans four times faster, getting patients in and out of the tube quicker.

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Kari Allen-Hammer, PhD

Director of IHS
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Dr. Kari Allen-Hammer is committed to the art of living a uniquely, and purposefully tailored life suited to one’s own inner vision. Her work involves assisting others with recognizing/discovering that vision and then making a way to embody that vision.  Her main area of study has been in integrative health and mind body medicine, however, during her doctorate program her specialization focused on organizational systems, which examined how large-scale change happens and how organizations as a whole behave. Her attention now lies in social change patterns as they relate to individuals and communities learning to value wellness, from the personal, to the familial, to the communal, to the ecological. She is particularly interested in the seemingly inherent, intuitive ability people have towards creating their own wholeness, and scaling the personal vision for wellbeing to the social level. Dr. Allen-Hammer believes, “…that when we really care about wellness for ourselves and others, we will create more harmonious living in the world, for everyone, including the planet and its lifeforms.”

Dr. Allen-Hammer’s credentials consists of BA Psychology, CSU Chico, MS MindBody Medicine, Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center, ad Doctorate of Philosophy, MindBody Medicine & Specialization in Organizational Systems. Dr. Allen-Hammer recently concluded a four-year research study, Demystifying Personalizing Wellness: A Classic Grounded Theory of Creating Wellness (2018). Prior to this study, Dr. Allen-Hammer designed a weekend retreat aimed at helping mental health professionals transform feelings of burnout and fatigue in Embodied Practice for Health and Wellbeing: A Healing Retreat for Mental Health Professionals Experiencing Burnout and Compassion Fatigue (2012).As stated by Dr. Allen-Hammer, “Being a scholar-practitioner in this field gives me a lot of latitude for influencing positive change. I hope to leverage my knowledge and experience in such a way that I can influence positive change across organizations.”

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