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Medical Minute 12-6: Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

Updated: 12/28/2011 - It's easy to gain weight during the holidays, especially with all the dinners and parties and mindless eating they bring. In fact, half the weight we gain all year comes during the weeks leading up to the new year.

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Medical Minute 12-2: Chemo Cold Cap

Updated: 12/28/2011 - Caused by chemotherapy, it's one of the most obvious signs of cancer treatment, but a cool new therapy is helping some patients lock-in their locks .

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Medical Minute 12-1: Breathing Easier with COPD

Updated: 12/28/2011 - It's the third leading cause of death in the United States-and it literally takes a person's breath away. I'm talking about chronic pulmonary disease or COPD. Some of the most effective treatments may not come in a pill or a bottle.

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Medical Minute 11-30: Scoliosis

Posted: 11/30/2011 - Look in the mirror do you see a slight curve on your back? Three-percent of us have scoliosis. It's a minor problem for most people, but for some children it's severe and requires treatment.

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Medical Minute 11-29:

Posted: 11/29/2011 - 190 million doses of antibiotics are administered in hospitals every day, but what happens when your body becomes so used to the drugs it can no longer fight off serious or even simple infections?

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Medical Minute 11-28:

Posted: 11/28/2011 - Those with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy will likely die well before they reach their mid-20's, but, one young man and his father are focusing on prolonging lives until there's a cure.

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Medical Minute 11-21:

Posted: 11/23/2011 - 80-million people in the U.S. suffer with high blood pressure. One in three of those can't get it under control. That can lead to heart disease, stroke or kidney failure. Now a new implant is literally changing the minds of those who can't get relief from drugs alone.

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Medical Minute 11-22:

Posted: 11/23/2011 - 25.8 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes. That's eight percent of the population. The disease causes more deaths a year than breast cancer and AIDS combined.

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Medical Minute 11-23:

Posted: 11/23/2011 - Close to 26 million people in this country have diabetes, including one in every 400 children. For years, the only choice those with insulin-dependent diabetes had was to wear an insulin pump with tubes, but they can sometimes tangle up and embarrass the user or get in the way of enjoying activities. Now, the world's first tubeless insulin pump is changing that.

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Medical Minute 11-17:

Posted: 11/18/2011 - 166-thousand Americans are living with spina bifida. The disease strikes before birth, often crippling a child's chances of walking and causing a dangerous buildup of fluid on the brain. Surgery usually takes place within a few days after birth, but now results from a new study have opened up the way for kids to get treatment before birth.

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Medical Minute 11-18:

Posted: 11/18/2011 - Super bowl champs and NFL hall of famers are a few of the athletes who'll be part of a major study, After they're dead. A former pro-wrestling star who helped get the NFL's concussion policy changed wants to treat and prevent a form of dementia called CTE.

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Medical Minute 11-16:

Posted: 11/16/2011 - Coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath. 24 million Americans experience these symptoms when asthma attacks.The chronic respiratory disease is obvious in some, but other patients suffer a long time while doctors struggle to figure out their problem. Now, a new test is helping undiagnosed asthmatics breathe a lot easier.

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Medical Minute 11-15:

Updated: 12/28/2011 - Out of their white coats and into camouflage. Doctors and nurses who volunteer for service are required to get a taste of the battlefield before they head to hospitals near war zones. They only have days to train for what they might encounter, and what they learn from the military may be the opposite of what they're taught in school.

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Medical Minute 11-14: Virtual Autopsy

Updated: 12/28/2011 - Giving a voice to the dead without a single slice. It's so cutting edge, the producers of CSI are using this 3-D technology to get ideas for their show.

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Medical Minute 11-11-11: Cancer Vaccines

Updated: 12/28/2011 - Treating cancer could start even before you know you have it. Cancer vaccines are game changers in the fight against the most common forms of this deadly disease.

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Medical Minute 11-10: Medics and Muscle Memory

Updated: 12/28/2011 - You've seen it in numerous movies. Combat medics rushing to the aid of injured troops, putting their own lives on the line to save another. It takes intense training, and one technique can mean the difference between life and death.

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Medical Minute 11-8: The Evolution of Combat Care

Updated: 12/28/2011 - Decade to decade, war to war, combat medics have been on the front lines, treating troops on the brink of death. As battle tactics evolve, so too does battle medicine.

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Medical Minute 11-7: Smart Pills

Updated: 12/28/2011 - They work their way through your body sending signals instead of delivering medicine. Right now, smart pills are helping solve medical mysteries and can do a whole lot more.

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Medical Minute 11-4: Diagnosis to Cure Alzheimer's

Updated: 11/11/2011 - More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease. That equals the same amount of people living in the entire state of Minnesota, or Colorado or Maryland. There is no cure. Early diagnosis is difficult and very few drugs are being tested to slow the progression. Doctors are working on new ways to diagnose and treat Alzheimer's disease that could be the top game changers of this year.

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Medical Minute 11-3: Death by Desk: Is Your Job Killing You?

Updated: 11/11/2011 - Work may be hazardous to your health! New research shows sitting at your desk all day could be killing you. And if you think you're covered because you hit the gym, think again. Sitting for hours at a time can reverse those benefits.

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Medical Minute 11-2: Bionic Breakthroughs

Updated: 12/28/2011 - 250,000 Americans are living with a spinal cord injury. 53% have lost the use of their legs. But bionic breakthroughs are changing the game for these people and helping them move around like never before.

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Medical Minute 11-1: Wiping Away Years From Your Face

Updated: 12/28/2011 - Your grandparents or parents probably had them and you could to. We're talking about the sagging, swollen skin that spans from under the eye to the top of the cheekbone, a condition called "festoons". They make you look tired and older.. now a new laser treatment promises to turn back the hands of time and reveal a younger looking you.

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Medical Minute 10-31: The First Oral Treatment for MS

Updated: 10/31/2011 - Multiple sclerosis is a disease that affects about 400,000 Americans. The body's immune system turns on itself and attacks the brain. Until now -- patients had to rely on injections for help. Now, the very first oral medication for MS has patients talking.

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Medical Minute 10-28: Coming Around: Coma Breakthroughs

Updated: 10/31/2011 - Up to 300,000 Americans are living in a minimally-conscious state. It's a condition that's baffled doctors for decades -- with almost no effective treatments. Now, doctors are trying to wake these patients up.

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Medical Minute 10-27: Copycat Conditions: Stroke Mimics

Updated: 10/31/2011 - Is it just a bad headache or something much worse? Millions of Americans suffer from migraines. Some have attacks so painful and debilitating they can be mistaken as the third leading cause of death in the U.S.!

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