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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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Medical Minute 7-21: Lighting Up Cervical Cancer

Posted: 07/21/2010 - It's a beam of light that can tell a woman if she has cervical cancer within a minute. Doctors say a new tool could boost the cure rate for the nearly half a million women diagnosed every year.

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Medical Minute 7-20: Three Diabetes Breakthroughs

Posted: 07/20/2010 - What do Thomas Edison, Elvis Presley and Jackie Gleason all have in common? The same thing they have in common with 23 and a half million Americans today:diabetes. Now, three new breakthroughs may help more people live a longer and more active life.

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Medical Minute 7-16: Reaching the Heart Through the Wrist

Posted: 07/16/2010 - It's a slow-moving disease that sometimes starts developing as early as childhood. Atherosclerosis is when plaque builds up in the arteries -- blocking blood flow to the heart. What was once a complicated procedure is now much simpler as doctors reach the heart through the wrist.

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Medical Minute 7-15: Four Ways to Protect Yourself in the Sun

Posted: 07/16/2010 - The blazing summer sun is on the horizon and along with it, comes the threat of skin cancer. Seven thousand people will die from it this year alone, but doctors say it remains one of the most preventable cancers.

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Medical Minute 7-14: Solving Susannah's Pain

Posted: 07/14/2010 - Imagine living with a never-ending stomach ache. Everything from eating a sandwich to taking a walk triggers intense pain. Patients typically suffer through dozens of tests with no diagnosis. Some are even suspected of having an eating disorder. But one doctor is providing answers and relief to patients who have nowhere else to turn.

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Medical Minute 7-13: Five Signs of Alzheimer's

Posted: 07/13/2010 - Most of us know at least one person living with Alzheimer's. In all, more than five million Americans have it, and doctors diagnose a new case every 70 seconds. Could you or someone you know be next?

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Medical Minute 7-9: Jab to the Neck Treats PTSD

Posted: 07/12/2010 - Post traumatic stress disorder haunts one in every six soldiers coming back from Iraq -- and nearly eight million Americans in all. Some say more research needs to be done, but one soldier wants relief now.

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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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