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Medical Minute 1-24: Home Glaucoma Test

Posted: 01/25/2011 - They call it the silent killer of vision. Two million Americans -- most over age 40 -- have glaucoma. It's a disease of the optic nerve that can cause patients to gradually lose peripheral or central vision. The disease is usually related to unhealthy pressure inside the eye, but often, symptoms are so subtle people don't even know they have it until it begins to steal their sight.

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Medical Minute 1-25: Mobile HIV Testing: The New Standard?

Posted: 01/25/2011 - The U.S. government says more than one million people are now infected with HIV or AIDS. Even worse, it's estimated one-in-five don't know they have the disease. But a new testing method is making headway in diagnosing potential cases early and easily.

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Medical Minute 1-21: Scarless Thyroid Surgery

Posted: 01/24/2011 - If estimates are correct, it's possible more than three billion people worldwide have thyroid issues. This common problem has the most unattractive medical option, neck surgery -- and nasty scarring. The good news is a newly approved procedure is changing the game.

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Medical Minute 1-19: Going Under the Needle: Cancer Pain Report

Posted: 01/24/2011 - More than 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer each year, and for the half of them battling late-stage cancer, pain from medications and therapy are a bitter reality. Now, new research offers those patients a way out, no pills, vitamins or medications required.

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Medical MInute 1-18: Overactive Bladder

Posted: 01/19/2011 - If you thought overactive bladder only affects the elderly couple down the block, think again. 200 million folks around the world are dealing with that constant urge right now, but new studies show how two new procedures are helping out in a big way.

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Medical Minute 1-17: Beating Heart Surgery

Posted: 01/19/2011 - As many as half a million people in the U.S. are undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery every year, but some older patients or those with other medical conditions may not be able to withstand the rigors of surgery and recovery. Now, a high-tech bypass procedure may give those patients some options.

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Medical Minute 1-14: Removing Tumors Without Major Scarring

Posted: 01/19/2011 - Winter's here -- and for many of us, the cold, dry weather is prime time for sore throats. But what if your sore throat came from something much more serious than a virus, something life-threatening that was growing inside you? Doctors now have a way to remove tumors through a less invasive approach.

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Medical Minute 1-13: Concussions and Kids: Double Impact

Posted: 01/19/2011 - If you're a fan of Sunday football, then you know how devastating concussions can be. In fact, nearly four million athletes suffer head injuries each year - both professional and amateur. Now, a new study sheds light on how to protect the budding young super-star in your family.

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Medical Minute 1-11: Fighting Childhood Obesity: New Methods, New Results

Updated: 01/18/2011 - If you had to spend one million dollars each year on doctor's bills, you'd probably be pretty angry. Now imagine spending 100,000 times that amount every 365 days, that's 100 billion bucks in all. That's how much cash the obesity epidemic costs our society each year. Now, a new brand of obesity education is taking root across the U.S.

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Medical Minute 1-10: Mistake-Proof Hip Replacement

Posted: 01/11/2011 - 200,000 people will have hip replacement surgery this year -- even more will have one or two knees replaced. Until now, getting the right fit was just an educated guessing game for surgeons. Now there's a new way to get new hips and knees that fit just right.

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Medical Minute 1-7: Back Surgery Preserving Male Fertility

Posted: 01/07/2011 - Spinal fusion is a common procedure for patients with back pain-but it also carries the risk of damage to sets of tiny nerves in the abdomen. Some of those nerves, especially in men, control sexual function and fertility. Surgeons are testing a high-tech approach that may eliminate the undesirable side effects.

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Medical Minute 1-6: Repairing an ACL Tear in Kids

Posted: 01/07/2011 - If you hear the words 'A-C-L tear', you may be expecting to hear about a professional athlete injured in a weekend sporting event. But these days, doctors are seeing more of these injuries in amateur athletes, especially kids.

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Medical Minute 1-4: Thyroid Surgery Without the Scar

Updated: 01/05/2011 - If estimates are correct, it's possible more than three billion people worldwide have thyroid issues. This common problem has the most un-attractive medical option, neck surgery and nasty scarring. The good news is a newly approved procedure is changing the game.

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Medical Minute 1-3: New Surgery for Foot Troubles

Updated: 01/05/2011 - The surgeon general says 30 minutes of daily exercise is key to keeping fit- if you're walking, that could add up to ten thousand steps every day. But millions of Americans have a foot problem that makes every step painful. Now, there's a new treatment that's helping sufferers get back on their feet.

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Medical Minute 1-5: Treating Bladder Cancer

Updated: 01/05/2011 - Bladder cancer ranks fourth in cancer diagnoses for men and eighth for women. Now doctors are using a new robot to help patients get rid of the cancer and rebuild their lives.

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Medical Minute 12-30: Holiday Foods

Posted: 12/30/2010 - Folks who tell you it's common to gain five pounds over the holidays are totally, completely wrong. But those who tell you America is too thick around the middle, are 100-percent correct. With more than 30-percent of adults in the U.S. considered obese, our holiday chow has to change.

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Medical Minute 12-29: Stroke in Children

Posted: 12/29/2010 - It happens to almost 800,000 people a year, but you rarely hear about children as stroke victims, yet 25% of cases happen in young patients. Meet a nine year old boy who suddenly lost the ability to move or even speak.

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Medical Minute 12-28: Cat Scratch Fever

Updated: 12/29/2010 - You probably thought cat scratch fever was no big deal, but it turns out that a simple claw mark from the family feline could send you to the hospital, or worse.

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Medical Minute 12-24: Unraveling the Cause of Autism

Posted: 12/28/2010 - Experts say one out of every 110 kids will be diagnosed with autism. Even worse, the estimated cost of lifetime treatment is more than $3.2 million per person. However, some researchers believe they may have cracked autism's code and the solution lies in your tummy.

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Medical Minute 12-21: TLC for Post Cancer Pain

Posted: 12/28/2010 - What's the cost of freedom? For many cancer survivors, the price is steep. The effects of radiation can restrict even basic activities, but a new post-cancer therapy ensures treatment doesn't just end after you leave the hospital.

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Medical Minute 12-20: Hot Shot for Back Pain

Posted: 12/20/2010 - Late last year, President Obama spent an additional 50 billion dollars to stimulate the economy. Records show Americans spend that much money each year to soothe lower back pain. The good news, an outpatient-based solution may now be available.

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Medical Minute 12-17: Anaconda: Beating a Silent Killer

Posted: 12/17/2010 - They're often called silent killers. Abdominal aortic aneurysms or triple A's, are bulging blood vessels that rarely cause any symptoms, until it's too late. 15-thousand people die every year because of a rupture. Now, though, doctors are using an anaconda to save lives.

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Medical Minute 12-16: Hospital Survival Guide

Posted: 12/16/2010 - In the medical world, mistakes can destroy lives. According to the Institute of Medicine, medical errors kill 98,000 hospital patients each year. Doctors say patients who do best are those who take an active role in their care.

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