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Medical Minute 11-15: Hand Transplant for a Soldier

Posted: 11/15/2010 - Think of something you do during the day where you don't use your hands. Not easy, right? That's why doctors have devoted so many resources to helping those who've lost a hand to an accident or infection. Experts on the cutting edge of surgery have put away the prosthetics and designed a procedure to re-attach hands.

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Medical Minute 11-12: Stem Cells Reach New Heights

Posted: 11/12/2010 - Our ankles are subjected to more weight and are injured more than any other joints in our bodies. When an injury, sprain or break doesn't heal right the problem creeps up years later in the form of arthritis. Melissa Medalie tells us how a new procedure using stem cells is regenerating joints.

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Medical Minute 11-11: New Brew to Fight cancer

Posted: 11/11/2010 - Once considered "quackery" - alternative therapies are slowly seeping into mainstream medicine.The proof is in the scientific pudding - or, in this case - the tea. One doctor is on a mission to replace chemotherapy with something a whole lot more soothing.

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Medical Minute 11-10: Kidney Exchange: Saving 13 Lives

Posted: 11/10/2010 - More than 80-thousand men and women are waiting for a kidney. Seven of them on the transplantation list will die today. The hardest part, finding a donor that matches. This year, doctors were able to take two dozen people off the list and get them new kidneys without having a perfect donor match. The world's largest kidney exchange will change transplant lists forever.

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Medical Minute 11-8: Robot Rebuilds Throats

Posted: 11/08/2010 - Nearly 40,000 people every year face a brutal battle with head and neck cancer. When caught early, there's a good chance of survival but treatment is rigorous. Sometimes it means taking away basic abilities like swallowing, eating and talking, but with the help of a robot, one man says he can enjoy family dinners again.

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Medical Minute 11-5: Regenerating Lost Body Parts

Posted: 11/05/2010 - They return home, missing a piece of themselves. Soldiers who've been injured in war now have a new ally in the lab: A powder that helps them regenerate the body parts they lost. It sounds like science fiction, but a new compound is making a world of difference for the injured.

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Medical Minute 11-3: First Face Transplant in the U.S.

Posted: 11/04/2010 - Her year-one of the most controversial medical procedures became medical reality. A face transplant transformed one woman, and revolutionized the field of transplant surgery. Now she is learning to live with a new face.

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Medical Minute 11-2: Pushed to the Extreme: The Power of Pain

Posted: 11/02/2010 - Just like your car or a bank vault - your body comes equipped with a high-end warning system. The trigger is pain - and while it's a feeling no one wants, it's there to tell us something's wrong. But what if that warning system was always on high-alert - or what if it never worked at all?

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Medical Minute 11-1: Fiddling During Brain Surgery

Posted: 11/01/2010 - It's one of the few surgeries where patients stay awake during the operation. Deep brain stimulation is being used to help some of the ten million people with essential tremor: A disorder that causes a person's hands to shake uncontrollably. When the condition attacked a world renowned musician - he feared his career was over. That's until one brain surgeon found a way to use his music to guide him through surgery.

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Medical Minute 10-28: Held Hostage by my Bladder

Posted: 10/28/2010 - Have you ever been held hostage by your own bathroom? That's the reality for the more than 200-million people suffering from over-active bladder world-wide. Now, a solution springs from the same technology doctors use to keep ailing hearts ticking.

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Medical Minute 10-27: Treating Prostate Cancer Without Side Effects

Posted: 10/28/2010 - This year, 218,000 U.S. men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Early detection means more of these cancers are curable. But sometimes treatment brings temporary or even long-term side effects -- from erectile and urinary dysfunction to infertility. Now, research is providing new options with less-invasive techniques and better outcomes.

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Medical Minute 10-26: Firefighters: Cooling Hearts, Staying Alive

Posted: 10/26/2010 - The biggest threat for a firefighter isn't smoke or flames or falling debris.Turns out sudden cardiac arrest kills more firefighters than anything else year to year. Researchers are now trying to cool-down crews quickly and safely to wind-down their hearts.

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Medical Minute: 10/25/2010

Posted: 10/26/2010 - Millions of Americans suffer from thyroid problems. Abnormalities in this butterfly-shaped gland in the neck can lead to discomfort or even cancer. Removing the thyroid used to mean major surgery and a very large, unattractive incision across the neck. A new approach takes inspiration from a face-lift to help patients feel and look better after surgery.

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Medical Minute 10-22: Winning the Battle Against MRSA

Posted: 10/22/2010 - If you thought the fear of catching MRSA or the super-bug was over, think again. Experts say more than 30% of the U.S. population is colonized with the staph infection that leads to MRSA, but a cure to this confounding infection may be around the corner.

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Medical Minute 10-21: High-Tech Help for Autism

Posted: 10/21/2010 - The number of kids born with autism increases 10 to 17 percent each year. We all know the challenges those diagnosed face when it comes to simply communicating with others. Now, new technologies are bridging that gap faster than you might imagine.

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Medical Minute 10-20: Viagra Treats Birth Defect

Posted: 10/20/2010 - It's a birth defect as common as cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy, yet few people have ever heard about it. Nearly half of the babies with this defect don't see their first birthdays, but now, a drug millions of men are already very familiar with is saving little lives.

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Medical Minute 10-19: Breast Cancer Breathalyzer

Posted: 10/19/2010 - Every year, millions of U.S. women have mammograms to determine if they have breast cancer. While these tests range from frightening to painful, mammograms provide early detection that saves lives. Now, a new test can "sniff out" breast cancer on-the-spot! Instead of checking your breasts, it checks your breath!

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Medical Minute 10-18: Placentas Help People Walk?

Posted: 10/18/2010 - Cells taken from a woman's placenta are helping people walk without pain. It sounds strange, but as Melissa Medalie explains - the experimental therapy may be a solution for the eight-million Americans suffering from peripheral artery disease.

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Medical Minute 10-13: Heart Tests: The Next Generation

Posted: 10/13/2010 - A man's risk for sudden cardiac arrest is one in eight. A Woman's is one in 24. Now, there's a test that's more powerful than the traditional stress test, pinpointing dangerous heart problems once considered too small to see.

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Medical Minute 10-12: Scleroderma - Hidden Nightmare

Posted: 10/12/2010 - Chances are you've never heard of Scleroderma, so you may want to take note. It's an auto-immune disease that can hit any person, at any age and there is no cure. At best it attacks you're skin, at worst it attacks your heart, or your liver.

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Medical Minute 10-11: A Cure for Diabetes: Medicine's Next Big Thing?

Posted: 10/11/2010 - While 23-million people in the U.S. have diabetes, researchers say there are nearly 60-million who have pre-diabetes, meaning they're likely to develop the disease within the next couple of years. For the first time, scientists believe they're on the cusp of a cure for this common disease.

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Medical Minute 10-8: Predicting the Future of Breast Cancer

Posted: 10/08/2010 - After being treated for any type of cancer, most people want to know: What are the chances of it coming back? That had been a difficult question for doctors to answer, but new gene technology is giving breast cancer survivors a much clearer picture of what the future holds.

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Medical Minute 10-7: Genetic Test for Spinal Pain

Posted: 10/07/2010 - If you think you're the only one with an aching back - take note. Experts say three out of every one hundred people have some form of scoliosis - a curvature of the spine. No one knows the cause, but doctors say it's hereditary.Now, a new test can detect the disease in kids.

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