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Medical Minute 6-29: Wiping Out Hepatitis C

Posted: 06/29/2011 - About four-million Americans are infected with the Hepatitis C virus, and most of them don't know it. Often, patients live for years or decades with few or no symptoms while the virus destroys the liver. A new treatment has just been approved by the FDA, and it's helping more and more patients rid the body of the virus for good.

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Medical Minute 6-28: 101-year-old Doctor Still Making the Rounds

Posted: 06/28/2011 - Retirement is something a lot of hard working folks look forward to. These days, though, a growing number of workers are opting not to retire, for ten years or even longer. But we know a doctor who has gone way beyond that. He's more than a century old, and still working.

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Medical Minute 6-27: Treating Melanoma With DNA

Updated: 06/27/2011 - 68,000 Americans are diagnosed every year with melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer. When caught early, a patient has an excellent chance of surviving the disease, but once the disease spread, doctors had very few treatment options. But researchers have found new treatments that may stop the cancer in its tracks.

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Updated: 06/23/2011 - Vertigo is a sensation thrill seekers will chase for fun, but imagine living with it all the time. More than two million Americans do, but here's a simple way to relieve the dizziness.

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Medical Minute 6-20: Undoing Dupuytren's in a Snap

Updated: 06/22/2011 - It's a disease most people have never heard of and probably can't begin to pronounce. But three percent of the U.S. population has it -- a hand deformity that can make it impossible to straighten their fingers or even their toes. Surgery used to be the only way to fix it until now

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Medical Minute 6-21: Childhood Cancer: Effects Last a Lifetime

Updated: 06/22/2011 - Each year more than 12,000 children are diagnosed with cancer, but thanks to advancements in treatment 80% of them will survive. Coping with life after cancer has its own consequences, some as devastating as the disease itself.

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Medical Minute 6-17: Stopping the Stroke Damage

Posted: 06/17/2011 - Every year, 750,000 Americans suffer a stroke, and more than 150,000 die. The sooner you get treatment, the better chance you have to survive. A stroke can take away your ability to speak or even move, functions that may never come back. But now, scientists may have found a new way to stop and even reverse that damage.

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Medical Minute 6-16: Burning Away Cancer

Updated: 06/16/2011 - It's the fastest growing cancer in the country and now doctors recommend it be treated more aggressively. Nearly 13,000 Americans will be diagnosed with esophageal cancer this year, and it could be fueled by something as common as acid reflux! But, thanks to new guidelines doctors can zap away the damage before the cancer can form.

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Medical Minute 6-15: Cutting Off Cancer That Can't Be Cut

Posted: 06/15/2011 - This year, 1.5 million Americans will be diagnosed with some kind of cancer. Treatment often includes chemotherapy or radiation, but in cancers where not all of the tumor can be removed, one big challenge is making sure the cancer doesn't start growing again. Now, there's a new experimental approach: personalized treatment that's as unique as the patients themselves.

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Medical Minute 6-14: Finger Nails: Window to Your Health

Updated: 06/14/2011 - It's been said that the eyes are a window to the soul, but could the same hold true for our nails? Dermatologists say changes in nail color and texture could indicate a serious health problem.

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Medical Minute 6-13: Removing the Stones Growing in Your Mouth

Updated: 06/13/2011 - It only happens to one out of every 10,000 people, but if you're that one person who develops a salivary stone, it can make something as simple as swallowing painful and difficult. It can take open surgery, and sometimes even removing the salivary gland itself, just to get the stone out. Now, there's a new, high-tech approach to removing these painful stones without a single scar.

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Medical Minute 6-8: Hip Surgery Hope

Updated: 06/08/2011 - More than 193,000 total hip replacements are performed each year in the U.S. About 10% of those implants will require a revision. Now, a technique borrowed from cancer survivors is giving new hope to those in the most critical situations.

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Medical Minute 6-7: Six Scary Supplements

Updated: 06/08/2011 - There are more than 20,000 available herbal products in the United States. About one in five Americans report using a supplement in the past year. But these alternative remedies are not regulated by the FDA and some of them might be deadly.

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Medical Minute 6-6: Stem Cells Save Legs

Updated: 06/08/2011 - 12-million Americans have peripheral arterial disease -- a chronic disorder that limits blood flow to the pelvis, legs or arms. At its worst, it can cause dangerous complications. Treatment options range from lifestyle changes, exercise and medications to angioplasty or even surgery. Now, for patients with the most serious blockages, researchers are studying a new, experimental option: Adult stem cells.

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Medical Minute 6-2: Lyrics for Life

Posted: 06/03/2011 - What good is a record deal when you are dying? A talented rapper learns the true meaning of brotherly love when his older brother saves his life by giving him what's in short supply in the African American community - A donated kidney.

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Medical Minute 6-3: Saving Quentin: Little Sister to the Rescue

Updated: 06/03/2011 - It's the most common cancer in children and teens. Leukemia is a cancer of the blood cells that accounts for one out of every three childhood cancers. Cure rates are higher than ever, but for some children who can't be cured with traditional therapies like chemo, doctors are looking at a new, experimental option: Stem cells. The key to success is a perfect match.

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Medical Minute 6-1: Viagra Rescues Cold Hands

Updated: 06/01/2011 - At some point or another, we'll all suffer from cold hands. Most of us warm up within 15 or 20 minutes. But if yours don't, it could mean an underlying health condition. In one woman's case, it almost cost her her hand.

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Medical Minute 5-31: Giving a Voice to Deaf Children

Updated: 05/31/2011 - Each day, more than 30 kids are born with hearing loss in the U.S., making it the most common birth defect. Without early intervention, special education services for these children can top one million dollars. Now, a new study tracks how these children can learn to listen, talk and read.

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Medical Minute 5-27: Play Ball! Saving a Young Girl's Leg

Updated: 05/27/2011 - 2300 cases of bone cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States. Although it's relatively rare, treatment for this cancer can involve disfiguring surgery to remove large areas of tissue, and in severe cases, even amputation. Now, a donor bone gave one young girl a new leg and new hope for an active life.

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Medical Minute 5-26: Williams Syndrome: Drumming with Seth

Updated: 05/26/2011 - Williams syndrome is a genetic disorder that causes medical and developmental problems. Just one in 7500 babies is born with it, but help for these tiny victims could bring help to millions who suffer from hypertension and anxiety.

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