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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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Medical Minute 3-25: Helping Bad Hearts Survive Heart Disease

Updated: 03/25/2011 - Right now, five million Americans are living with heart failure, and that number is expected to double in the next 15 years. Now, the FDA has just approved a new way to keep people with mild forms of heart disease from progressing to advanced disease.

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Medical Minute 3-24: Stay Flu-Free Forever

Updated: 03/24/2011 - Is there anything more gross than all the phlegm and mucous that comes with getting sick? How about this, humans carry up to 10-million germs between just their fingers and elbows every day. Now, there may be help if you're getting sick too often.

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Medical Minute 3-23: Drano for Clogged Arteries

Updated: 03/23/2011 - Imagine a treatment for clogged arteries that opens them up much in the same way Drano opens up a clogged drain. That is the principle behind a new therapy surgeons are testing for patients with total blockages in the arteries.

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Medical Minute 3-22: Stop Snoring for Good!

Posted: 03/22/2011 - If you snore when you sleep - you're not alone. Stores nationwide sell anti-snoring pillows - anti-snoring machines - and even anti-snoring tape. Now, a new procedure is silencing the snoring - once and for all.

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Medical Minute 3-18: Saving Sam from a Tumor

Posted: 03/18/2011 - Cold and flu season, brings symptoms like nasal congestion and sinus headaches, and sometimes, in teenage boys, those simple symptoms can be a warning sign of something much more serious -- an aggressive tumor called JNA. Now, doctors have pioneered a new approach.

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Medical Minute 3-17: Parkinson's Patients Swallow Easier

Posted: 03/17/2011 - You already knew Parkinson's disease steals control of legs, arms, and fingers. But what about control over your speech and breathing? It's the common, but rarely talked about side of Parkinson's, one affecting hundreds of thousands.

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Medical Minute 3-16: Knee Replacement = Pain Replacement

Updated: 03/16/2011 - If you need a new knee, your biggest worry has got to be the pain, and after that, the length of recovery. But what if you could get surgery, get better, and get out the hospital door faster than ever before?

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Medical Minute 3-15: Gene Screen for Cancer Triggers

Posted: 03/15/2011 - If you're worried about cancer, and who's not, here's the facts: Men have a one-in-two chance of getting a diagnosis while for women, it's a one-in-three shot. But for some, cancer is inevitable because a select few strains are passed from one generation to the next.

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Medical Minute 3-14: Relieving Back Pain

Posted: 03/14/2011 - Americans spend at least 50-billion dollars a year on low back pain alone. Lumbar spinal stenosis - a common cause of lower back and leg pain - is the most common reason for surgery in people age 60 and over. Now, doctors are studying an effective - and relatively easy - way to relieve people of the pain.

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Medical Minute 3-11: DVT: Removing Deadly Filters

Posted: 03/11/2011 - Deep vein-thrombosis -- or DVT -- affects about two-million Americans each year. It happens when a blood clot forms in the leg and blocks circulation. Doctors used to implant permanent filters to prevent the clot from traveling to the lungs. But now, many believe some of those devices did more harm than good.

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