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Medical Minute 3-19-12

Posted: 03/16/2012 - Researchers have discovered that losing belly fat allows blood vessels to work better and a group called Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is hoping the phrase, "hot dogs cause butt cancer" is enough to make drivers in Chicago think.

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Medical Minute 3-16-12

Posted: 03/16/2012 - new study finds that women who drink a low to moderate amount of alcohol are at a reduced risk of stroke and a new report suggests doctors need to be more careful when prescribing certain painkillers to older patients.

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Medical Minute 3-8-12

Posted: 03/08/2012 - While cancer deaths are on a steady decline in Europe, researchers estimate more than a million people will die of cancer in the european union this year and hypnosis may be used by some for entertainment, for others, it's a way to change a bad habit.

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Medical Minute 3-13-12

Updated: 03/13/2012 - The American College of Physicians is releasing new colorectal cancer screening guidelines and the youngest kids in class could be over diagnosed with attention-deficit hyper activity disorder or ADHD.

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Medical Minute 3-12-12

Updated: 03/12/2012 - Regular pap smears can increase the odds of surviving cervical cancer and a new study in the journal of sexual medicine finds 90-percent of women seeking treatment for headaches were likely to suffer from a lower sex drive.

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Medical Minute 3-9-12

Posted: 03/08/2012 - Sleepy transportation workers may be putting their passengers and those around them at risk and the more teens are exposed to alcohol use in movies...the more likely they are to binge drink.

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Medical Minute 3-7-12

Updated: 03/07/2012 - An internet treatment for teens with chronic fatigue syndrome is proving to be much more effective than traditional therapy and some elderly lung cancer patients may be getting unnecessary radiation treatments.

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Medical Minute 3-6-12

Updated: 03/06/2012 - American children are consuming a lot of added sugar and most of it comes from processed foods, not sugary drinks and the grocery store meat counter will look a little different the next time you shop since it is now mandatory to put nutrition labels on raw meat.

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Medical Minute 3-5-12

Posted: 03/02/2012 - Women can only get pregnant while they're still producing eggs. However, between the ages of 30 and 40, the chance of conceiving naturally drops to 50-percent. And from the ages of 40 to 42, it drops by half again. By age 45, the chance of getting pregnant is less than one-percent. One option is to freeze your eggs.

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Medical Minute 3-5-12

Updated: 03/02/2012 - There are close to seven-thousand rare diseases, affecting about 25 million Americans and this week, families are coming together in Washington DC to raise awareness for rare diseases and the FDA announced the entire class of statin drugs will get new labels that alert the public to safety concerns.

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Medical Minute 3-1-12

Updated: 03/02/2012 - You won't see graphic anti-smoking images and messages on cigarette cartons. A federal judge threw out a mandate requiring tobacco companies to place the images and words on their products. Also, new research finds that women who eat fish... May be reducing their colon cancer risk. Previous studies have linked fish consumption to a lower risk of heart disease for both genders.

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Medical Minute 02-29

Posted: 02/29/2012 - Falling to the ground at any given moment without having control over their bodies. It's what children with atonic seizures live with everyday. For some, removing part of a major organ, seems to be the key to ending the dangerous cycle. Andrew McIntosh has the story.

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Medical Minute 02-28

Posted: 02/28/2012 - Did you know that mixing licorice and blood pressure meds could lead to paralysis? If you're not careful, the drugs meant to save you could actually do more harm than good. Andrew McIntosh shows us how everything from the time of day, to the type of food we eat could do us harm.

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Medical Minute 02-27

Posted: 02/27/2012 - Passed from mother to son…Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disease of children. One in 35-hundred boys is diagnosed with it. Over time, they lose more and more muscle, until their lungs or heart become so weak they die. But as Andrew McIntosh reports, a therapy that's been tested in dogs could change that.

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Medical Minute 02-24

Posted: 02/24/2012 - Brachial (break-ee-el) Plexus injuries occur when the head and shoulder are pushed in opposite directions. They can cost kids the use of their arms. But as Andrew McIntosh reports...Now….With some assistance from the dead…doctors are helping children with severe forms of the injury.

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Medical Minute 02-23

Posted: 02/23/2012 - It's a condition you probably associate with men, but women can suffer from hernias, too. They can be painful and debilitating, but a simple surgery can fix the problem. As Andrew McIntosh tells us, sometimes the hardest part for women is getting the right diagnosis.

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Medical Minute 02-22

Posted: 02/22/2012 - More than one-million Americans are living with Parkinson's disease. Right now - doctors diagnose it by conducting a physical exam that's often unreliable. But…as Andrew McIntosh reports… that's about to change.

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Medical Minute 02-21

Posted: 02/22/2012 - Every day, terminally ill patients flood emergency rooms. They often receive invasive treatments - even if they only have months or weeks left to live. These therapies can be dangerous and costly. Patients spend 40-percent of their medicare expenses in their last month of life. Now - one hospital is trying to remedy the problem by combining two fields of medicine. Andrew McIntosh explains.

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Medical Minute 02-16

Posted: 02/22/2012 - COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States, killing as many as 120-thousand people every year. Twelve million Americans have been diagnosed with the condition, and millions more may have COPD, and don't realize it. Andrew McIntosh shows us how an antibiotic a day could help keep attacks at bay.

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Medical Minute 02-20

Posted: 02/20/2012 - He's overcome a developmental disorder to compete on the ice. But a physical abnormality almost forced him to give up his passion. Andrew McIntosh tells us what fixed a young boy's feet and saved his figure skating career.

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Medical Minute 02-17

Posted: 02/17/2012 - The New England Journal of Medicine calls it a milestone. Patients who've tried it say it's changed their lives. Andrew McIntosh reports on a breakthrough in the treatment of a lung disease that kills patients by their mid-thirties.

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Medical Minute 1-9:

Posted: 01/09/2012 - Most U.S. troops have cleared out of Iraq, and as they head stateside, a lot have trouble leaving the battlefield behind. PTSD is hitting troops hard and at any given time, more than 13 million Americans are affected by it. Now, for the first time ever, there could be a definitive way to find out who has it and help treat it.

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Medical Minute 12-16:

Posted: 01/09/2012 - A man almost lost his leg to an infection. Find out how a doctor was able to step in and keep him standing his own two feet.

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Medical Minute 12-19:

Posted: 01/09/2012 - One study is changing how some cardiologists view a popular drug used to lower bad cholesterol. Some are even prescribing it to patients with normal cholesterol. But some doctors think it might do more harm than good.

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Medical Minute 1-6:

Posted: 01/06/2012 - It's a pain in the chest nine-million Americans live with every day. Angina is treatable, but most of the time patients have to take medication for the rest of their lives to control it.

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