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Medical Minute 12-21: TLC for Post Cancer Pain

Posted: 12/28/2010 - What's the cost of freedom? For many cancer survivors, the price is steep. The effects of radiation can restrict even basic activities, but a new post-cancer therapy ensures treatment doesn't just end after you leave the hospital.

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Medical Minute 12-23: Vision Revision for ADHD Diagnosis

Updated: 12/28/2010 - It may be common, but the stats are still staggering. Last year, 4.5 Million U.S. kids were diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. That's more than 7 percent of all children in the U.S. But a new study shows more than one million of those kids may be misdiagnosed.

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Medical Minute 12-20: Hot Shot for Back Pain

Posted: 12/20/2010 - Late last year, President Obama spent an additional 50 billion dollars to stimulate the economy. Records show Americans spend that much money each year to soothe lower back pain. The good news, an outpatient-based solution may now be available.

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Medical Minute 12-17: Anaconda: Beating a Silent Killer

Posted: 12/17/2010 - They're often called silent killers. Abdominal aortic aneurysms or triple A's, are bulging blood vessels that rarely cause any symptoms, until it's too late. 15-thousand people die every year because of a rupture. Now, though, doctors are using an anaconda to save lives.

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Medical Minute 12-16: Hospital Survival Guide

Posted: 12/16/2010 - In the medical world, mistakes can destroy lives. According to the Institute of Medicine, medical errors kill 98,000 hospital patients each year. Doctors say patients who do best are those who take an active role in their care.

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Medical Minute 12-15: Chilling Treatment for a Stroke

Posted: 12/15/2010 - It's the third leading cause of death in this country right behind heart disease and cancer. 800,000 people will suffer a stroke this year and doctors say every minute that ticks by without treatment means brain cells are at risk. Find out more on a chilling treatment that is saving brains and lives.

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Medical Minute 12-14: Midlife Angst

Posted: 12/15/2010 - New cars, new clothes, new wives. Some men hit 40 and dive into a wold midlife,crisis. Others just don't have the energy to move off the couch. That's the first sign of andropause, or the male menopause diagnosed in more than 20-million men.

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Medical Minute 12-13: Stem Cells for ALS: Medicine's Next Big Thing?

Posted: 12/13/2010 - Thirty thousand Americans have ALS or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. It's a fatal neurodegenerative disease that takes away the ability to walk, talk and eventually even breathe. That quick decline happens within two to five years. There is no known cure. Now, a revolutionary trial is underway to test a new kind of treatment for ALS using human stem cells.

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Medical Minute 12-10: Fixing Worn Out Ankles

Posted: 12/10/2010 - For millions of Americans with failing knees and hips, joint replacement has become a welcome reality. About a quarter million knee replacements and about the same number of hip replacements are performed in the U.S. Each year. But ankles are a different story, the complexity of the ankle has made it a tough joint to successfully replace, and keep in place. Now, doctors are testing a new generation of devices that are helping patients get moving again.

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Medical Minute 12-9: Why You're Hurting - Top Arthritis Myths

Posted: 12/10/2010 - When you hear the term arthritis, you probably just think of basic aches and pains. But you probably didn't know it's the leading cause of disability in the U.S., affecting 46-million Americans. One joint specialist says those who try for a quick fix can be throwing time, money and their sanity down the drain.

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Medical Minute 12-8: Shrinking Stomachs - A New Way

Posted: 12/10/2010 - The battle of the bulge is alive and well in the U.S. Every year, Americans spend 30 billion dollars on diets and weight loss products and services. Now, more than 200-thousand people a year are going even further, turning to surgery. The latest is an experimental stomach shrinking procedure that doesn't use bands, staples or implants.

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Medical Minute 12-6: The Fight to Save Savannah's Life

Posted: 12/07/2010 - Retinoblastoma or eye cancer, typically hits kids before age four. Survival is good, nearly 90 percent, but it comes at a serious cost, and sometimes a child must lose an eye to stop the cancer from spreading. Now, a new approach is helping these kids fight cancer and save their sight.

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Medical Minute 12-3: Dry Eye Syndrome

Posted: 12/03/2010 - Do your eyes ever feel scratchy and sore like you just don't have enough tears? As many as 20 million Americans suffer from some degree of dry eye syndrome. Although artificial tears and ointments help many patients, for some, symptoms are so severe that their eyes sting or feel like sandpaper, and nothing relieves the discomfort. Now, doctors at Duke University are offering those patients something new and pretty simple to relieve the pain.

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Medical Minute 12-2: Bullies and Your Kids: The Food Allergy Factor

Posted: 12/02/2010 - You've seen it on the news and online. Now, schoolyard bullying is touching down in the middle of your child's lunch break. In the past decade, the number of kids with food allergies has spiked nearly 20% and that makes those kids the new target of choice for school bullies.

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Medical Minute 12-1: Implantable Telescope for Macular Degeneration

Posted: 12/01/2010 - It robs nearly two million people of their sight every year in the u-s. Macular degeneration impacts many seniors who still want to be active and independent. People with the most severe cases have few options - until now. A new eye implant that's giving one women back her sight - and her independence.

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Medical Minute 11-29: Turning Up the Heat on Tumors

Posted: 11/29/2010 - 200,000 people were diagnosed with lung cancer this year. 57 thousand were told they have kidney cancer. 21,000 began their battle with liver cancer. Now there's a new way to target these cancers ... zapping tumors with heat!

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Medical Minute 11-24: Prosthetics: The Next Generation

Posted: 11/24/2010 - The bulky, one-size-fits all prosthetic devices of the past just won't cut it for amputees on the move. One-point-seven million people in the U.S. are dealing with limb loss. The next generation of prosthetic devices includes a bionic hand that one woman says is as close to the real thing as she's ever seen.

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Medical Minute 11-23: Invasion of a Body Snatcher

Posted: 11/24/2010 - When you get a sore throat, you head to the doctor: And it's the same with the flu or a broken leg. But what if no doctor has ever seen what you've got - and few ever will? Doctors are solving a burgeoning problem now flowing from the mid-west.

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Medical Minute 11-22: Erasing Lung Cancer

Posted: 11/22/2010 - It's the deadliest kind of cancer: More people die from lung cancer than breast, prostate and colon cancer combined. It will kill nearly 160,000 people this year alone. But doctors are testing out a new experimental treatment that is making a dramatic difference. It made one man's cancer disappear.

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Medical Minute 11-19: No Pancreas, No More Diabetes

Posted: 11/19/2010 - Every day, 40 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with type one diabetes. It's an auto-immune disease. The body's immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. Some patients are able to manage with a daily insulin regimen, but for others, complications like kidney failure can be life-threatening.

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Medical Minute 11-18: Hypertension: Targeting Kids

Posted: 11/18/2010 - 75 million men and women in the U.S. suffer from high blood pressure, and now this very adult disease is affecting more and more kids. Some of them are as young as 3 or 4 years old.

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Medical Minute 11-17: Taking a Shot at Cancer

Posted: 11/17/2010 - Could the cure for breast cancer come in a shot? What about a vaccine to treat prostate cancer? Doctors are now looking past measles and mumps and developing vaccines to treat, even prevent cancer.

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Medical Minute 11-16: Depression and More

Posted: 11/16/2010 - It may impact 15 million Americans, but most simply think depression just affects their mood. Now, new research shows depression may be causing damage to everything from our hearts to our heads. Now, some new studies link our mental and physical health.

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