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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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Medical Minute 4-14: The Rise of a Cancer

Posted: 04/14/2011 - Over the past 30 years in America, the smoking rate has plunged considerably. As a result, the throat cancer rate has dropped across all types, except one: Oro-pharynx cancer. This type is suddenly - and dangerously - on the rise. Now, doctors are linking that increase with a common virus.

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Medical Minute 4-13: Curing Diabetes

Posted: 04/13/2011 - 25-million men, women and children in the U.S. are diagnosed with diabetes. Another seven-million have it and don't even know it, and two million more will be told they have it this year. There is no cure, but some patients may become the first in the country to say they had type-one diabetes and are now insulin-free!

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Medical Minute 4-12: Meals and Multitasking: A Bad Combo

Posted: 04/12/2011 - It used to be that when you sat down for a meal, you ate your meal. But now we eat while driving or working or watching TV. Experts say we now do 50% of our eating while concentrating on something else.

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Medical Minute 4-11: Fat Grafting for Faces

Posted: 04/12/2011 - Plastic surgeons have long performed fat grafting for cosmetic reasons, but researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have teamed with the Department of Defense to study new ways to help soldiers with facial injuries. Adult stem cells-from harvested fat- may be the key to their success.

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Medical Minute 4-8: Relieving Back Pain Without Spinal Fusion

Updated: 04/11/2011 - It's a pain most of us will experience in our lifetime. Hopefully, you'll be one of the lucky ones, where bed rest and an aspirin does the trick. But for 46,000 people each year, their back pain will become debilitating. Now, doctors are relieving the pain without going to the extreme of spinal fusion.

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Medical Minute 4-7: Pseudo Tumors

Updated: 04/07/2011 - It's a rare condition, but it's one doctors say you need to know about. Pseudo tumor cerebri can cause severe pain. It's become more common in kids, and if it's not caught in time, they could go blind.

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Medical Minute 4-5: Helping a Blind Man Sail

Updated: 04/06/2011 - Four million people in the United States are living in darkness-blind. And 75 percent of those are not able to work. But one man is trying to change that, and he's using technology to help give people who are blind their freedom back.

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Medical Minute 4-6: Rebuilding Tongues

Updated: 04/06/2011 - More than 10,000 Americans are diagnosed with tongue cancer each year. Surgery to remove the cancerous part of the tongue can save lives, but it leaves some unable to talk or eat, but one doctor used skin and fat from a patient's arm to re-build her tongue and her life.

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Medical Minute 4-4: Stop Stuttering for Good!

Updated: 04/06/2011 - Marilyn Monroe, James Earl Jones, Carly Simon, Winston Churchill and Mel Tillis all suffered from it. Today, more than 68-million worldwide deal with it, and it affects four-times as many men as women. Now, a new device is helping to stop stuttering for good.

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Medical Minute 3-30: Three-D Surgery

Posted: 03/31/2011 - We've all seen three-D being used in the movies and on TV. Now, the same technology that allows images to jump off the big screen is making its debut in the operating room.

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Medical Minute 3-31: Food Coloring and ADHD?

Updated: 03/31/2011 - The FDA is looking into the link between food coloring and hyperactive behavior in children. An advisory panel is meeting to determine whether current research shows a connection to the disorder? And what, if anything needs to be done.

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Medical Minute 3-28: Two New Ways to Tackle Prostate Cancer

Posted: 03/29/2011 - The number two and prostate cancer are a deadly combo. It's the second most common cancer in the U.S. men and the second leading cause of cancer death in men, too. So here, we offer two new ways to fight the disease and get back to life quicker.

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Medical Minute 3-21: Fighting Cancer Faster and Easier

Posted: 03/25/2011 - More than 1.5 million Americans will be diagnosed with some type of cancer this year. Many of them will need radiation therapy to fight their disease. It's a treatment no patient looks forward to, but now, new technology is making it faster and easier than ever before.

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