Playing the Odds

An athletic woman in her 50s suddenly can’t move her arm, then feels fine several minutes later. But an MRI reveals serious trouble elsewhere.

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“But can I still go to the Virgin Islands?” Ellen, 51, vivacious and trim, looked the perfect candidate for some fun in the sun. “I feel fine. It was only a minute or two,” she said. “I’m sure you’re OK,” I said. “But better to do all the tests quickly in the hospital and start treatment.” “I do everything right.” She ticked off her fingers, “I work out. I quit smoking. I even skip birthday cake!” “The CT s...
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