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Medical Minute 7-12: Delivering Half a Baby Saves a Life

Posted: 07/12/2010 - A baby's airway is blocked, and doctors are racing against the clock to save her life. They used a unique procedure: delivering only part of the baby and working to open her airway while she's still connected to her mother.

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Medical Minute 7-8: Six Secrets of Parkinson's

Posted: 07/08/2010 - More than one million people are living with Parkinson's Disease, and 60,000 will be diagnosed this year alone. Even worse: Doctors say thousands more are suffering from the disease and don't even know it.

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Medical Minute 7-7: Asthma Relief

Posted: 07/07/2010 - The FDA has just approved the first non-drug asthma treatment. It could change the lives of many of the 20-million Americans who have a hard time doing what most of us take for granted.

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Medical Minute 7-5: Machine to Detect Skin Cancer

Posted: 07/06/2010 - Diagnosing skin cancer means cutting off a piece of skin and waiting for results. Now, a new invention could radically change how doctors find and diagnose the most common type of cancer.

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Medical Minute 7-6: Seven Days From a Big Belly to Back at Work

Posted: 07/06/2010 - When constant crunches and diets don't work, some folks turn to cosmetic surgeons to install those washboard abs they've always wanted, but since the standard tummy tuck is too invasive for some patients, one surgeon developed a new procedure to get rid of bulging bellies.

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Medical Minute 7-2: Vaccine Attacks Melanoma

Posted: 07/02/2010 - Melanoma is rising faster than any other type of cancer. Last year, there were 116,000 new cases. More than half were advanced, which means patients could have as little as six months to live. Now, doctors are testing a vaccine that uses the body's immune system to hunt down cancer cells and extend lives.

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Medical Minute 7-1: Summer Foods

Posted: 07/02/2010 - When it comes to summer picnics, you can't go wrong with hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad and ice cream, but what food options are really best for your body?

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Medical Minute 6-30: Surgery Solves Mystery Headaches

Posted: 07/02/2010 - It causes headaches that last for days, weeks even months. Victims can become debilitated and diagnosis can take months, even years. But one doctor is wiping out symptoms with a single surgery.

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Medical Minute 6-29: Is Anorexia Genetic?

Posted: 06/29/2010 - It leads to more deaths than any other psychiatric disorder. As many as 10% of people in the U.S. with anorexia will die from it. Could the key to treating eating disorders be in a person's genes? Doctor's are now going inside the brain to "see" anorexia.

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Medical Minute 6-28: New Tool Could Save Infants' Lives

Updated: 06/29/2010 - IT'S A PROBLEM THAT CAUSES A BABY'S KIDNEYS TO SWELL BECAUSE OF A BLOCKED URINARY TRACT. WITHOUT TREATMENT, IT CAN BE DEADLY. NOW, ONE DOCTOR DEVELOPED A NEW TOOL TO SAVE LIVES BEFORE THE BABY IS EVEN BORN.

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Medical Minute 6-24: Nursing in the New Age

Posted: 06/24/2010 - The U.S. health care system is in a crisis. There are currently 116,000 unfilled registered nurse positions at hospitals across the country, and the problem is only expected to get worse as baby boomers age. But medical teams in short staff may have a new tool to help them keep watch over patients.

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Medical Minute 6-23: Less Invasive Lung Cancer Surgery

Posted: 06/23/2010 - More people die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. Surgery, chemo, radiation -- that's the drill. But now, doctors are giving patients an option that's less invasive but just as effective.

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Medical Minute 6-22: A-D-D Evolved

Posted: 06/22/2010 - Kids once labeled as anxious or having attention problems may be suffering from something else entirely. Some experts believe S-P-D could be the next A-D-D.

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Medical Minute 6-21: New Kind of Chemo

Posted: 06/21/2010 - This year, 66,000 Americans will be diagnosed, and nearly 20,000 will die from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. These cancers of the white blood cells present symptoms such as enlarged lymph nodes, fever and weight loss and don't always respond to traditional therapies. Now, a national clinical trial is testing a new kind of chemo that could make a life- saving difference.

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Medical Minute 6-19: Can Your Own Cells Kill HIV?

Posted: 06/18/2010 - This month, thousands of people will take the test -- the HIV test. June 27th is national HIV testing day. Despite 30 years of research, there is still no cure for the one-million people in the u-s living with HIV and aids. But now scientists are looking inside a patient's own body for the solution. Stem cells could be the key to killing HIV.

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Medical Minute 6-17: Oxygen Therapy for Diabetics

Posted: 06/17/2010 - More than 23-million people in the U.S. have diabetes. About 15-percent will develop foot ulcers -- large, painful sores that, in severe cases, force doctors to amputate. In fact, 60-percent of non-traumatic lower- limb amputations occur in people with diabetes. For some patients, it's not a new drug or surgery that's saving their feet. It's a treatment that doesn't require them to move a muscle.

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Medical Minute 6-16: Starving Prostate Cancer

Posted: 06/16/2010 - Doctors say it's a cancer men are more likely to die with… not from. Although prostate cancer is the second most common type in men, it tends to be slow- growing. Most treatments zap, freeze or poison it. Now, there's a new treatment that kills prostate cancer by cutting off the tumor's food supply.

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Medical Minute 6-15: Tattletale Pills

Posted: 06/15/2010 - If you forget to do what your doctor tells you, you're not alone. But now, engineers have created a way to make sure you're following doctor's orders.

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Medical Minute 6-14: Prostate Cancer Vaccines Extend Lives

Posted: 06/14/2010 - The first FDA-approved vaccine to treat prostate cancer is now available to patients. A second one is also in development. Doctors say the vaccines are changing the way they treat cancer. They're not cure-alls, but they could extend the lives of men who were only given a few years.

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Medical Minute 6-11: Removing Tumors, Preserving Memories

Posted: 06/11/2010 - One wrong move during brain surgery can change a patient's personality forever. Doctors developed a new technique that allows them to remove a brain tumor without actually cutting through the brain.

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Medical Minute 6-4: Blanket Saves Babies' Lives

Posted: 06/09/2010 - Four out of every thousand babies born in the U.S. suffers brain damage. Traditionally, there was nothing doctors could do to prevent the lifetime of disabilities that could follow, but now, they're using a simple blanket to save brains and change lives.

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Medical Minute 6-9: Rotator Cuff Repair

Posted: 06/09/2010 - It's one of the most common problems for major league pitchers, but you don't have to be an all-star athlete to suffer from a torn rotator cuff. Nearly one-third of all orthopedic injures are linked to tears in these tendons and muscles in the shoulder. A new surgery developed by the team doctor for the L-A dodgers is now benefiting everyday athletes, too.

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Medical Minute 6-8: Fat Working Overtime

Posted: 06/08/2010 - No matter how much we diet and exercise, we still don't have complete control over where on our body we lose weight. What if you could take fat from one area and move it to another? It's a trend in cosmetic surgery, and now doctors are adding stem cells to the mix to make your fat and you look younger.

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