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Medical Minute 12-6: The Fight to Save Savannah's Life

Posted: 12/07/2010 - Retinoblastoma or eye cancer, typically hits kids before age four. Survival is good, nearly 90 percent, but it comes at a serious cost, and sometimes a child must lose an eye to stop the cancer from spreading. Now, a new approach is helping these kids fight cancer and save their sight.

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Medical Minute 12-3: Dry Eye Syndrome

Posted: 12/03/2010 - Do your eyes ever feel scratchy and sore like you just don't have enough tears? As many as 20 million Americans suffer from some degree of dry eye syndrome. Although artificial tears and ointments help many patients, for some, symptoms are so severe that their eyes sting or feel like sandpaper, and nothing relieves the discomfort. Now, doctors at Duke University are offering those patients something new and pretty simple to relieve the pain.

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Medical Minute 12-2: Bullies and Your Kids: The Food Allergy Factor

Posted: 12/02/2010 - You've seen it on the news and online. Now, schoolyard bullying is touching down in the middle of your child's lunch break. In the past decade, the number of kids with food allergies has spiked nearly 20% and that makes those kids the new target of choice for school bullies.

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Medical Minute 12-1: Implantable Telescope for Macular Degeneration

Posted: 12/01/2010 - It robs nearly two million people of their sight every year in the u-s. Macular degeneration impacts many seniors who still want to be active and independent. People with the most severe cases have few options - until now. A new eye implant that's giving one women back her sight - and her independence.

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Medical Minute 11-29: Turning Up the Heat on Tumors

Posted: 11/29/2010 - 200,000 people were diagnosed with lung cancer this year. 57 thousand were told they have kidney cancer. 21,000 began their battle with liver cancer. Now there's a new way to target these cancers ... zapping tumors with heat!

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Medical Minute 11-24: Prosthetics: The Next Generation

Posted: 11/24/2010 - The bulky, one-size-fits all prosthetic devices of the past just won't cut it for amputees on the move. One-point-seven million people in the U.S. are dealing with limb loss. The next generation of prosthetic devices includes a bionic hand that one woman says is as close to the real thing as she's ever seen.

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Medical Minute 11-23: Invasion of a Body Snatcher

Posted: 11/24/2010 - When you get a sore throat, you head to the doctor: And it's the same with the flu or a broken leg. But what if no doctor has ever seen what you've got - and few ever will? Doctors are solving a burgeoning problem now flowing from the mid-west.

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Medical Minute 11-22: Erasing Lung Cancer

Posted: 11/22/2010 - It's the deadliest kind of cancer: More people die from lung cancer than breast, prostate and colon cancer combined. It will kill nearly 160,000 people this year alone. But doctors are testing out a new experimental treatment that is making a dramatic difference. It made one man's cancer disappear.

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Medical Minute 11-19: No Pancreas, No More Diabetes

Posted: 11/19/2010 - Every day, 40 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with type one diabetes. It's an auto-immune disease. The body's immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. Some patients are able to manage with a daily insulin regimen, but for others, complications like kidney failure can be life-threatening.

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Medical Minute 11-18: Hypertension: Targeting Kids

Posted: 11/18/2010 - 75 million men and women in the U.S. suffer from high blood pressure, and now this very adult disease is affecting more and more kids. Some of them are as young as 3 or 4 years old.

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Medical Minute 11-17: Taking a Shot at Cancer

Posted: 11/17/2010 - Could the cure for breast cancer come in a shot? What about a vaccine to treat prostate cancer? Doctors are now looking past measles and mumps and developing vaccines to treat, even prevent cancer.

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Medical Minute 11-16: Depression and More

Posted: 11/16/2010 - It may impact 15 million Americans, but most simply think depression just affects their mood. Now, new research shows depression may be causing damage to everything from our hearts to our heads. Now, some new studies link our mental and physical health.

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Medical Minute 11-15: Hand Transplant for a Soldier

Posted: 11/15/2010 - Think of something you do during the day where you don't use your hands. Not easy, right? That's why doctors have devoted so many resources to helping those who've lost a hand to an accident or infection. Experts on the cutting edge of surgery have put away the prosthetics and designed a procedure to re-attach hands.

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Medical Minute 11-12: Stem Cells Reach New Heights

Posted: 11/12/2010 - Our ankles are subjected to more weight and are injured more than any other joints in our bodies. When an injury, sprain or break doesn't heal right the problem creeps up years later in the form of arthritis. Melissa Medalie tells us how a new procedure using stem cells is regenerating joints.

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Medical Minute 11-11: New Brew to Fight cancer

Posted: 11/11/2010 - Once considered "quackery" - alternative therapies are slowly seeping into mainstream medicine.The proof is in the scientific pudding - or, in this case - the tea. One doctor is on a mission to replace chemotherapy with something a whole lot more soothing.

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Medical Minute 11-10: Kidney Exchange: Saving 13 Lives

Posted: 11/10/2010 - More than 80-thousand men and women are waiting for a kidney. Seven of them on the transplantation list will die today. The hardest part, finding a donor that matches. This year, doctors were able to take two dozen people off the list and get them new kidneys without having a perfect donor match. The world's largest kidney exchange will change transplant lists forever.

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Medical Minute 11-8: Robot Rebuilds Throats

Posted: 11/08/2010 - Nearly 40,000 people every year face a brutal battle with head and neck cancer. When caught early, there's a good chance of survival but treatment is rigorous. Sometimes it means taking away basic abilities like swallowing, eating and talking, but with the help of a robot, one man says he can enjoy family dinners again.

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Medical Minute 11-5: Regenerating Lost Body Parts

Posted: 11/05/2010 - They return home, missing a piece of themselves. Soldiers who've been injured in war now have a new ally in the lab: A powder that helps them regenerate the body parts they lost. It sounds like science fiction, but a new compound is making a world of difference for the injured.

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Medical Minute 11-3: First Face Transplant in the U.S.

Posted: 11/04/2010 - Her year-one of the most controversial medical procedures became medical reality. A face transplant transformed one woman, and revolutionized the field of transplant surgery. Now she is learning to live with a new face.

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Medical Minute 11-2: Pushed to the Extreme: The Power of Pain

Posted: 11/02/2010 - Just like your car or a bank vault - your body comes equipped with a high-end warning system. The trigger is pain - and while it's a feeling no one wants, it's there to tell us something's wrong. But what if that warning system was always on high-alert - or what if it never worked at all?

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Medical Minute 11-1: Fiddling During Brain Surgery

Posted: 11/01/2010 - It's one of the few surgeries where patients stay awake during the operation. Deep brain stimulation is being used to help some of the ten million people with essential tremor: A disorder that causes a person's hands to shake uncontrollably. When the condition attacked a world renowned musician - he feared his career was over. That's until one brain surgeon found a way to use his music to guide him through surgery.

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Medical Minute 10-28: Held Hostage by my Bladder

Posted: 10/28/2010 - Have you ever been held hostage by your own bathroom? That's the reality for the more than 200-million people suffering from over-active bladder world-wide. Now, a solution springs from the same technology doctors use to keep ailing hearts ticking.

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