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Medical Minute 8-30

Posted: 08/30/2010 - This year, almost 200-thousand women will be told they have breast cancer. But with awareness and better treatment, more and more women are surviving it. Now, there's a new procedure that uses a tummy tuck to help breast cancer survivors feel whole again.

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Medical Minute 8-27: Laser Surgery Saves Twins

Posted: 08/27/2010 - Since 1980, the number of women who gave birth to twins jumped by 70-percent. The increase in multiples has also led to a rise in a deadly complication during pregnancy called twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. A laser surgery is saving babies and giving families new hope.

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Medical Minute 8-26: Curing Crohn's One Shake at a Time

Posted: 08/26/2010 - Imagine not being able to eat a meal ever. That's life for people with Crohn's disease, a chronic condition that attacks the body's digestive tract. Now, some folks are turning away from traditional medications to keep the disease in check. It's not easy, but it is a drug-free solution.

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Medical Minute 8-25: Shaving Off Cancer

Posted: 08/25/2010 - This year, more than 16,000 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus. For patients, early detection can be the key to survival. Now, researchers are taking a new, less-invasive approach to stop the cancer before it has a chance to spread.

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Medical Minute 8-24: Headache Pills Mean Headache Pain

Posted: 08/24/2010 - A couple Tylenol tablets, some prescription meds, and a few Aspirin. Fighting migraines can cause serious harm if you mix too many drugs. It's called medication overuse and it can cause your head to hurt more not less.

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Medical Minute 8-20: Targeting the Cause of Autism

Posted: 08/20/2010 - More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with cancer, diabetes and aids combined. There is no cure for it and no FDA-approved drugs that target the cause, but researchers are working to change that.

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Medical Minute 8-18: Stem Cells to Save Legs

Posted: 08/18/2010 - One in every 20 Americans over the age of 50 suffers from peripheral arterial disease. More than 100,000 limb amputations are performed each year because of P-A-D. Now, doctors are using a patient's own stem cells to clear things up.

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Medical Minute 8-17: Sports: Play younger, Play Longer

Posted: 08/17/2010 - If you think fast food and the Internet have turned your kid's belly into blubber, you're not alone. Studies show up to one-third of all children and teens are now obese, but researchers say they may have found the cure.

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Medical Minute 8-12: Diagnosing Alzheimer's With a Pencil

Posted: 08/12/2010 - More than five million Americans with Alzheimer's disease struggle to answer simple questions every day, so it's critical to catch it early. Now, there's a new, free test to test your memory and help doctors get you started on the right treatment.

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Medical Minute 8-11: Growing New Ears

Posted: 08/11/2010 - Everyday, nearly 100 babies are born with some kind of ear deformity. Now, doctors are not only helping those effected hear again, they're also giving them a new look.

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Medical Minute 8-10: Do Pills Equal Power?

Posted: 08/10/2010 - When you were younger, mom tossed you a Flintstones vitamin before you ran out the door. But what about now? Do you need to a super-sized serving of supplements just because you're bigger?

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Medical Minute 8-9: Breathing Easier With Emphysema

Updated: 08/09/2010 - Right now, nearly six-million people in the U.S. are having a hard time catching their breath. Severe emphysema strangles the life out of energetic people. Doctors are testing a new option, no surgery needed.

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Medical Minute 8-6: Recharging Hearts Wirelessly

Posted: 08/06/2010 - When the heart stops, 10 minutes separates life and death. For about 300,000 people in the U.S. every year, help doesn't come fast enough. Now, a new device aims to save lives and eliminate some of the risk.

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Medical Minute 8-5: Sweet Feet Relief for Arthritics

Posted: 08/05/2010 - Arthritis affects 46-million people, but some doctors say you may be able to ease that pain by switching your shoes. A new study is turning the rules of footwear upside down.

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Medical Minute 8-4: Repairing Hearts Without Surgery

Posted: 08/04/2010 - Nearly two-million people are walking around right now suffering from congenital heart defects. More than 800-thousand are children. There may be a new option to strengthen hearts without open-heart surgery.

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Medical Minute 8-3: How Weight Loss Almost Killed Me

Posted: 08/03/2010 - A scathing new government report shows 33% of all adults are obese. So it's no surprise to see more people heading back to the gym these days. But for some, weight loss simply jump-starts another nightmare.

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Medical Minute 8-2: Tracking Hearts from Home

Posted: 08/02/2010 - Each year, more than one-million people are rushed to the ER suffering heart failure. Now, a tiny sensor may lower that number and keep patients home and out of the hospital.

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Medical Minute 7-30: Haley's New Knee

Posted: 07/30/2010 - Every year, 400 children in the United States get osteosarcoma. It's rare, but it's also the most common bone cancer in kids and usually strikes in the leg, just above the knee. In the most challenging cases, amputation is the only way to stop the cancer. Now, a new kind of bone implant is helping to save limbs… and lives. Melissa Medalie has the story.

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Medical MInute 7-28: Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma

Posted: 07/28/2010 - Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma strikes half a million people in the U.S. every year. It starts in the immune system and works its way throughout the body. There's no cure, but now a simple shot could send it into remission. Melissa Medalie has one survivor's story.

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Medical Minute 7-27: One Workout a Week

Posted: 07/27/2010 - If you're having a tough time scheduling a work out, you're not alone. Surveys show less than half the U.S. hits the gym enough to meet government guidelines of 30 minutes a day, five days a week. But what if you could take care of a week's worth of workouts in just one shot? Casey Taylor shows us how some folks are getting in shape doing just that.

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Medical Minute 7-26: Attacking Alzheimer's

Posted: 07/27/2010 - More than five million men and women are living with Alzheimer's in the U.S. alone. Right now, the only drugs available to them only help to relieve the symptoms. As Melissa Medalie reports, that could soon be changing.

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Medical Minute 7-23: Killing Brain Cancer

Posted: 07/23/2010 - 10,000 people each year are told they have one of the most aggressive forms of brain cancer. Most are given just a year to live. Radiation, chemo and surgery buy more time but not much. Now, doctors are focusing on cutting off the cancer's energy source to kill it from the inside out.

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Medical Minute 7-22: Two Sides to Every Cigarette

Posted: 07/22/2010 - While you enjoy a daily cigarette break behind the office, your buddies only light-up at parties. Do you ever wonder why that's the case? In the U.S alone, more than 20% of all adults consider themselves regular smokers. There's a good chance their brains may be running a whole lot more than their minds.

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