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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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Medical Minute 10-6: Seeds Spot Breast Cancer

Posted: 10/06/2010 - Stars like Christina Applegate, Olivia Newton-John and Cheryl Crow show us that beating breast cancer is possible. The earlier women treat their cancer, the better their chances. Sometimes that process can be complicated and painful, but tiny seeds could change that.

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Medical Minute 10-5: Workout Pill

Posted: 10/06/2010 - People who thought we'd never put a man on the moon were proven wrong in the 1960's and folks who thought The Berlin Wall would never come down were proven wrong some 20 years later. Now, those who doubt science's ability to put a day's workout in the palm of your hand better listen up.

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Medical Minute 10-1: App For Eyesight

Posted: 10/06/2010 - Could your cell phone be smart enough to replace your doctor? A new device could save us all time and money, but in the developing world, it could also save someone's eyesight.

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Medical Minute 10-4: Personalized Approach to Breast Cancer

Posted: 10/04/2010 - This year, 207,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer. For some, it means doctors have to remove their breast to remove the cancer. But a new personalized approach to treatment could increase a woman's chance for a cure without a mastectomy.

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Medical Minute 9-30: Saving Babies Inside the Womb

Posted: 09/30/2010 - 137,000 twins are born every year, but getting them all to delivery is not always easy. Now, doctors are performing more delicate surgeries in babies that are no bigger than the size of your hand.

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Medical Minute 9-29: Knocking Out Tumors in 30 Minutes

Posted: 09/29/2010 - A powerful treatment typically used for brain cancer is now taking aim at the spine. Instead of using a scalpel to remove painful and debilitating tumors, surgeons are using a single beam of radiation.

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Medical Minute 9-28: Government Certified: What's Causing Cancer?

Posted: 09/28/2010 - What's scarier than cancer? The fact that the disease is destroying lives at a breath-taking clip. Last year alone - more than one-point-five million people were diagnosed with cancer. That's nearly triple the amount of people in Washington, D.C. alone.

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Medical Minute 9-27: Stopping the Swelling

Posted: 09/27/2010 - Imagine, one minute you're fine. The next, your arms, legs, even throat, swell up so large, your airway could be blocked. If not treated, you could die. It's something that happens to up to 15,000 people each year. Doctors have been working on a cure for 50 years, and now, researchers may have found three new ways to give these patients some relief.

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Medical Minute 9-23: Kids in Sports: All Pain, No Gain

Posted: 09/24/2010 - Becoming an all-star is every young athlete's dream - one that can become a nightmare if you're not careful. Nearly 50% of all injuries sustained by middle and high school athletes are over-use injuries, and it's likely those injuries could come back to haunt them years later.

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Medical Minute 9-24: Solving Cerebral Palsy in 3-D

Posted: 09/24/2010 - Over the next 12 months, 10,000 babies in the U.S. will develop cerebral palsy. It's a group of neurological disorders that affect a child's body movement and muscle coordination. And while there's no cure for the disease now, there is a better way to tackle the movement problems.

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Medical Minute 9-22: Closing Heart Holes

Posted: 09/22/2010 - Atrial septal defect - or ASD - impacts one in five adults. Many live healthy lives, symptom-free. But for others, the hole can lead to heart failure or a stroke. Now, a new technique is healing hearts - without major surgery.

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Medical Minute 9-20: New, Improved Metal Hearts

Posted: 09/20/2010 - Right now, more than 3,000 people are waiting for a heart transplant, but only 2,200 will receive one. That leaves hundreds of people out of options and out of time. Now, heart pumps -- once used only to keep patients alive long enough to get a donor heart -- are now *replacing* hearts.

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Medical Minute 9-17: Two for One Heart Repair

Posted: 09/17/2010 - Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Coronary artery disease is the most common form, killing close to half a million people a year. Instead of major surgery, many doctors use angioplasty or stenting to open blocked arteries. But when more than one artery is clogged, bypass surgery is a must. A new hybrid procedure is helping patients receive the benefits of surgery without a major operation.

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