The Sheryl Crow Effect: Learning About Benign Brain Tumors

She’s calling it just “a bump in the road,” but the news this week that singer Sheryl Crow has a benign brain tumor shocked her fans. It also made a lot of us wonder if, like Crow, those occasional memory lapses we suffer could indicate something more serious. Crow, a breast cancer survivor who recently turned 50, said she initially thought that  she was forgetting things — like the lyrics to her hit song, “Soak Up The Sun” — because …

Dental X-Rays: Do They Increase Brain Tumor Risk?

As if going to the dentist wasn’t painful enough, a new study from Yale suggests a link between frequent dental X-rays and a type of brain tumor. The study, published this week in the journal Cancer, shows that people who have had frequent dental X-rays are more likely to develop a common brain tumor called meningioma than those who have not, according to CNN.com. In particular, older patients, who have had higher-radiation X-rays in the past, may be at increased …