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Medical Minute 5-19: Massage Vocal Cords Back to Life

Posted: 05/19/2011 - If you use it too much, you could lose it. We're talking about your voice. Teachers, lawyers and others who talk a lot each day are at risk for a condition that causes pain and hoarseness. Now, there's a new way to help those folks get their voices back and it doesn't involve any drugs at all.

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Medical Minute 5-18: Clot-Killing Drugs

Updated: 05/18/2011 - Every 34 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack. Almost half of them will die. How quickly you're treated makes a big difference in whether or not you'll survive. Now, an innovative way to treat heart attack patients means they're not only surviving but thriving.

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Medical Minute 5-17: Test Yourself for a Healthy Heart

Updated: 05/17/2011 - The number one cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. is heart disease, and the most common type of heart disease here is coronary artery disease, which can lead to heart attack. Although genes play a big part in diagnosis, experts say you can do a few things at home to reduce your risk of death.

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Medical Minute 5-16: Healing Hearts Without Heart Surgery

Updated: 05/17/2011 - Aortic stenosis is a deadly disease that affects about 100-thousand people a year. In the past, without open heart surgery, it meant certain death within two years. Now, there's a new way to treat this common disease without surgery.

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Medical Minute 5-13: Saving Mom and Baby

Updated: 05/13/2011 - Dysfibrinogenemia is a disorder that causes patients to bleed or clot too much. The condition can be especially dangerous in pregnant women. It took a big team of doctors, a precise combination of drugs and a lot of money and resources to help one woman deliver a healthy baby boy.

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Medical Minute 5-12: Six Ways to Beat Allergies

Posted: 05/12/2011 - Spring is here and that means warm weather and sunshine for most of us. For about 35 million other Americans, though, it means another nasty bout with seasonal allergies. And with May being national asthma and allergy awareness month, it's a good time to review the best home-based ways to snuff-out the sniffles.

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Medical Minute 5-11: Tales from the Womb: Saving Evan from Spina Bifida

Updated: 05/11/2011 - 166,000 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 5-10: Addiction Wars: Sex: The New Crack?

Updated: 05/10/2011 - Tiger Woods says he was one. Lindsay Lohan was accused of being one. Charlie Sheen may be one. We're talking about sex addicts. It's a term that's received a lot of attention lately. Some say it's real. Others say it's a real good excuse.

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Medical Minute 5-9: FDA Approved! New Help for Lupus Sufferer

Posted: 05/09/2011 - One-point-five million Americans and five-million people worldwide are living with lupus right now. Lupus has no known causes or cures. Now, there's new hope. The FDA just approved the first new lupus drug in 50 years.

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Medical Minute 5-6: Genes for Sale

Updated: 05/12/2011 - Each of us has 20- to 25-thousand genes in our body. You think you're in control, but actually, someone else owns, yes owns, 20-percent of your genes. Biotech companies are snatching up the patent rights -- giving them sole control of any test, therapy or cure for certain diseases. Right now, the issue of patenting our genes is being played out in court.

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Medical Minute 5-4: Organ Donations and Facebook

Posted: 05/04/2011 - Half-a-billion people use Facebook to connect with friends, lovers, and colleagues. Now it's saving lives by linking potential organ donors with patients who need them.

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Medical Minute 4-26: E-Cigarettes: Smoke and Mirrors?

Updated: 05/02/2011 - Right now, there are 1.2 billion smokers world-wide, and five million of them die each year. Some experts say that death rate could double by the year 20-30. And while one-million smokers now hope e-cigarettes cure their addiction, one academic says the data doesn't add-up.

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Medical Minute 5-2: Designing Bodies in a Lab

Posted: 05/02/2011 - Right now, 105,000 people are waiting for an organ to save their life. From kidneys to lungs to livers, the list is long; 17 people die each day in the U.S. waiting for a transplant. But organ donation could one day become obsolete. Life is now being designed in the lab and organs, limbs, wombs, and even skin are being grown from a single cell.

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Medical Minute 4-29: Arsenic for Leukemia

Posted: 04/29/2011 - This year in the U.S., doctors will diagnose 43,000 new cases of leukemia. Though many of these cancers are highly curable, it can recur, even after successful treatment. Now, researchers say they've found a surprising new way to stop a potentially deadly type of adult leukemia from coming back. They give the patient arsenic.

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Medical Minute 4-25: Fixing Tendons

Posted: 04/28/2011 - Whether they do it smashing their hand in a door or just cutting a sandwich, this year 16-million Americans will suffer a serious hand injury. For injuries that involve a severed tendon in one of your fingers, the function of the whole hand can be seriously compromised.

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Medical Minute 4-28: New Mommy Malady: "Mummy Thumb"

Posted: 04/28/2011 - Government records shows about four-million babies are born in the U.S. each year. More than 10% of those new moms are first time moms over 35. If you're one of them - take note: That new pain in your arms is more common than you think.

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Medical Minute 4-27: MNBT? Catching Cancer with Magnets

Posted: 04/27/2011 - It's the cancer that killed president Barack Obama's mother. The same cancer that claimed 14,000 U.S. women last year alone. Ovarian cancer strikes 25,000 women every year. Early diagnosis is their best chance of survival, but recurrence of the cancer can be deadly, but there may be a way to stop ovarian cancer in it's tracks.

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Medical Minute 4-22: New Knee - A Leg Up for Patience

Updated: 04/27/2011 - If that nagging pain in your knees has turned into a full-blown dilemma, you've got company. That same pain forces more than half a million people to undergo knee replacement surgery each year, but for decades, doctors asked younger patients to live with the pain for a few years to avoid revision surgery a decade down the road. Those days, though, are officially over.

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Medical Minute 4-21: Video Games Boost Brain Power

Posted: 04/21/2011 - Battling bad guys - saving the princess - and winning the super bowl. Video games let you do all three - and more - which is why they're now a 10 billion dollar annual business. But if you thought your kids were frying their brains while playing them - you were Wrong.

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Medical Minute 4-20: Rotator Repair

Posted: 04/20/2011 - It's like a sleeve that wraps around your shoulder joint, allowing you to raise, lower and move your arm, but when the rotator cuff tears, it makes even the simplest arm movement painful and difficult. Now, a new experimental procedure is changing that.

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Medical Minute 4-15: Chemo Blast for Melanoma

Posted: 04/19/2011 - Cancer concerns continue to bombard the American public, but some stats are simply scarier than others. For the more than 50,000 projected new cases of melanoma this year alone, there is help.

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Medical Minute 4-18: Doubling Prostate Cancer Survival

Posted: 04/19/2011 - One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, and one in 36 men will die from it. When prostate cancer recurs -- and spreads -- treatment options start to dwindle. Now, there's new hope to stop this cancer.

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Medical Minute 4-19: Top Vision Tests for Your Child

Posted: 04/19/2011 - Children and vision problems never have to mix. In fact, 95% of all eye issues can be fixed with early detection. That's why doctors check for this sort of thing before your baby leaves the hospital. But that doesn't mean more problems can't pop up later in life.

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