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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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Medical Minute 3-10: Diagnosing the Tough Cases

Posted: 03/10/2011 - About two decades ago, doctors could order up to 500 types of tests to diagnose a problem. Now, there are more than five thousand tests doctors can choose from to help diagnose patients. With all that new technology and tools comes a new way of thinking about treatments and cures.

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Medical Minute 3-9: Relieving Epilepsy

Posted: 03/09/2011 - Nearly three-million Americans have some form of epilepsy -- a condition that causes violent, sometimes dangerous seizures. It can destroy lives -- taking away people's independence, robbing them of the ability to think clearly and embarrassing them in a crowd. Now, an improved surgery is helping these patients.

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Medical Minute 3-8: Cancer: Cure From the Outside-In

Posted: 03/08/2011 - If you're a woman in the U.S., you've got a higher chance at developing breast cancer than any other cancer. And while treatment is fairly standard, recovery is something completely different. How one woman returns to normal may not work for the next. But, the best path to recovery might be found right outside your front door.

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Medical Minute 3-7: Parkinson's: Wrong Diagnosis!

Updated: 03/07/2011 - This year, tens of thousands of Americans will face a devastating diagnosis: Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's, or dementia. But doctors now say sometimes when people think they have one of these debilitating diseases, their brains are really saying they have something else.

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Medical Minute 3-4: Shocking the Shakes from Parkinson's

Posted: 03/04/2011 - More than 1.5 million people are living with Parkinson's disease in the U.S. While the disorder tends to be more common in older people, it drastically changed one woman's life before her 40th birthday. Now, one treatment is offering patients relief.

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Medical Minute 3-3: Baby Sign Language

Posted: 03/03/2011 - Children usually don't speak their first word until they're one year old, so how are mommy and daddy supposed to figure out what junior is trying to say? Many are trying sign language to bridge the communication gap.

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Medical Minute 3-1: CPR Made Easier

Posted: 03/02/2011 - Life-saving CPR just got easier. A new study says for cardiac arrest patients, chest compressions alone work better than mouth-to-mouth. The best part, you don't need any special training and this new version may make a major difference when every second counts.

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Medical Minute 3-2: Rescuing a Cop

Posted: 03/02/2011 - This year, more than 60,000 men, women and children will be diagnosed with a brain tumor in the U.S. For surgeons, the area requires extra special care. For one doctor, it was the chance to perform a surgery that would ultimately give his patient her sight back.

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Medical Minute 2-28: Motor Oil for Your Joints

Posted: 03/01/2011 - About 27-million Americans suffer from osteo-arthritis -- a condition that causes joint fluid to thin out, resulting in bone-on-bone pain. Surgery is invasive and requires a long recovery. Now, a simple injection may help patients and it comes from an unlikely source.

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