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Medical Minute 8-11: Healthcare GPS: Patient Navigators

Posted: 08/11/2011 - Being diagnosed with cancer can be overwhelming. Now think how much more difficult it would be if your doctor spoke a different language. It's a challenge some cancer patients among the 50 million Hispanics in the U.S. are facing. And it's scaring some away from getting the help they need.

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Medical Minute 8-10: Blindsiding Eye Cancer

Updated: 08/10/2011 - A bump below your brow could be a symptom of a deadly eye cancer, but if you have it, your chances of survival just jumped. The rare cancer forms in the gland that produces tears. Ten-year survival used to be 20-percent or less. But now, a new treatment has quadrupled those odds.

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Medical Minute 8-9: Hair Transplants Without the Pain

Posted: 08/09/2011 - There are 150 thousand hairs on the human head and most guys want to keep them right where they are-trouble is, many of them can't. Male pattern baldness affects 40 million men in the U.S. and a quarter of them start going bald by age 30!

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Medical Minute 8-8: Migraine Makeover

Posted: 08/08/2011 - Nearly 30-million Americans suffer from migraines - severe headaches that can be extremely painful and debilitating. They can prevent people from working, socializing and living normal lives. Now, a common plastic surgery procedure may be the key to stopping the pain.

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Medical Minute 8-5: The Man Without a Heart

Posted: 08/05/2011 - Right now, there are about 3,000 people waiting for a heart transplant in the U.S. On average, about 2,100 will receive a donor heart. That leaves hundreds of people dying each year waiting for their perfect match. A new artificial heart may give these patients and thousands more new hope for a new heart.

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Medical Minute 8-4: Right Under Your Nose: New Sleep Apnea Treatment

Posted: 08/04/2011 - 18-million Americans have sleep apnea. It's a condition that not only disrupts sleep but may lead to high blood pressure, heart attacks, stroke or diabetes if left untreated. Now, a simple device that fits over the nose is helping patients get treatment without any discomfort.

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Medical Minute 8-3: Brushing Away Oral Cancer

Updated: 08/04/2011 - Every hour, one person dies of oral cancer. Of the 36,000 people who will be diagnosed this year, just over half will be alive in five years. Survivor rates are so low because it's often not detected until it's too late. But a simple, painless test at the dentist office could now save your life.

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Medical Minute 8-2: Botox: Erasing Migraines, Not Wrinkles

Updated: 08/05/2011 - Although some use the word very loosely, migraines are far more severe than a typical headache. They cost the country more than 20 billion a year in lost wages, disability payments and health-care bills. After more than a decade of off label use, the FDA has finally approved Botox as a treatment for chronic migraines.

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Medical Minute 8-1: Life-Changing Bite: Malaria Takes Limbs

Updated: 08/01/2011 - Every year, 300-million people are infected with malaria. While the disease was eradicated in the U.S. 60 years ago, half the world's population remains at risk. If you travel to an affected country, you could be at risk, too. Now, a first-of-its kind drug could help put a stop to that.

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Medical Minute 7-28: Helping Dogs Help People

Posted: 07/28/2011 - When was the last time you had your eyes checked? Even if your vision is a perfect 20-20, it's important to have an eye exam at least every two years if you're under age 60 and every year if you're over 60. Good vision is important for all of us, but there are some hardworking professionals that can't even drive themselves to an eye appointment.

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Medical Minute 7-27: The Trouble With Salt

Updated: 07/28/2011 - It seems everything you pick off grocery store shelves has too much salt in it. The recommended daily allowance for sodium keeps dropping, but consumers aren't listening. We all know too much sodium is bad for our hearts, but it's also bad for just about every other part of our bodies.

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Medical Minute 7-26: Five Minute Autism Checklist

Posted: 07/26/2011 - Filling out a quick questionnaire in your pediatrician's waiting room, could help determine if your child has autism. Researchers say the infant-toddler checklist can help kids who have it and other development disabilities get on track for treatment much earlier than the norm. And *that* could make a big difference as they grow.

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Medical Minute 7-25: Preserving Donor Livers: The New Technique

Posted: 07/25/2011 - More than 100,000 people need a life-saving organ transplant in the United States. More than six-thousand patients died while waiting for a transplant last year. Doctors have created a new technique that could help save more organs and more lives.

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Medical Minute 7-21: Stealing a Child's Sight

Posted: 07/22/2011 - Without warning, it can turn your child's world pitch black forever. That's why doctor want you to learn about an eye disease before it blindsides your family.

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Medical Minute 7-22: Predicting Dementia: A New Parkinson's Test

Posted: 07/22/2011 - Parkinson's disease affects one in every 100 Americans over the age of 60. Along with its debilitating physical effects, many patients will develop mental decay. A protein in the blood may be key in discovering which patients have the highest risk for developing dementia.

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Medical Minute 7-20: Spinal Surgery Made Easy

Posted: 07/20/2011 - Spinal tumors are often difficult to remove. Standard surgery can be disfiguring, painful, and require a long recovery. Now, one doctor is using a technique that offers patients less pain and a much shorter recovery. It helped one girl live a normal life.

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Medical Minute 7-19: The Great Protein Debate: How Much is Too Much?

Posted: 07/19/2011 - How much protein did you eat today? According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, protein from foods like meat, fish and eggs should make up 26% of your daily caloric intake. So, why are so many high protein products showing up in the supermarket these days? Are we becoming protein deficient? And just how much protein do we really need?

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Medical Minute 7-18: M.S. Controversy: Inflating veins, deflating symptoms

Posted: 07/18/2011 - 400-thousand people in the U.S. are prisoners in their own bodies because of M.S. Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease affecting the brain and nervous system, causing nerve impulses to be stopped or slowed. Now, patients are traveling hundreds, even thousands of miles, for a controversial treatment that's only performed by a few doctors in the U.S.

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Medical Minute 7-15:

Updated: 07/15/2011 - This year, 785-thousand people in the U.S. will have their first heart attack. Nearly half a million more, who've already had one or more heart attacks, will suffer another one. Heart attacks can do serious damage to the heart and affect everything from its size to its ability to function. Now, researchers believe our own bodies could hold the key to repairing that damage.

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Medical Minute 7-13: A New Prostate Cancer Treatment

Posted: 07/14/2011 - More than two million men in the U.S. have prostate cancer. This year, doctors will diagnose 217-thousand new cases.Early detection and a host of new treatments can stop it in its tracks, but for the 100-thousand patients whose prostate cancer has spread, there aren't many options. Now, the first FDA approved immunotherapy treatment for prostate cancer is offering late-stage patients new hope.

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Medical Minute 7-14: Osteoporosis: Not Just a Women's Disease

Updated: 07/14/2011 - Nine million women in the U.S. have osteoporosis, a loss of calcium in the bones that makes them brittle and susceptible to fracture. Although we think of osteoporosis as a women's disease, men can get it too! Now there's a new way to figure out if *you're* in danger of developing it.

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Medical Minute 7-12: Food Fraud

Posted: 07/12/2011 - Germany's E-coli outbreak has people around the world wondering how safe their food really is. Here in the United States, special agents are working hard to keep your family safe from counterfeit food. The underground industry brings in about 50 billion dollars a year.

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Medical Minute 7-11: Optic Nerve Damage

Updated: 07/12/2011 - It can start with a fall off a bike, a car accident, or even an explosion. As many as one-million Americans have had their lives disrupted because of vision problems from a head injury. The optic nerve is essentially the video cable that connects our eyes to our brain. If it's injured, lost vision is usually the result. But one man was one of the lucky ones.

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Medical Minute 7-7: Treating Alzheimer's With a Shake

Updated: 07/08/2011 - One in eight older Americans is living with Alzheimer's disease. Almost twice as many women suffer from it as men. There is also no cure, but slowing it down could be as simple as drinking a high-powered prescription energy drink.

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