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Medical Minute 9-27: Stopping the Swelling

Posted: 09/27/2010 - Imagine, one minute you're fine. The next, your arms, legs, even throat, swell up so large, your airway could be blocked. If not treated, you could die. It's something that happens to up to 15,000 people each year. Doctors have been working on a cure for 50 years, and now, researchers may have found three new ways to give these patients some relief.

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Medical Minute 9-23: Kids in Sports: All Pain, No Gain

Posted: 09/24/2010 - Becoming an all-star is every young athlete's dream - one that can become a nightmare if you're not careful. Nearly 50% of all injuries sustained by middle and high school athletes are over-use injuries, and it's likely those injuries could come back to haunt them years later.

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Medical Minute 9-24: Solving Cerebral Palsy in 3-D

Posted: 09/24/2010 - Over the next 12 months, 10,000 babies in the U.S. will develop cerebral palsy. It's a group of neurological disorders that affect a child's body movement and muscle coordination. And while there's no cure for the disease now, there is a better way to tackle the movement problems.

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Medical Minute 9-22: Closing Heart Holes

Posted: 09/22/2010 - Atrial septal defect - or ASD - impacts one in five adults. Many live healthy lives, symptom-free. But for others, the hole can lead to heart failure or a stroke. Now, a new technique is healing hearts - without major surgery.

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Medical Minute 9-20: New, Improved Metal Hearts

Posted: 09/20/2010 - Right now, more than 3,000 people are waiting for a heart transplant, but only 2,200 will receive one. That leaves hundreds of people out of options and out of time. Now, heart pumps -- once used only to keep patients alive long enough to get a donor heart -- are now *replacing* hearts.

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Medical Minute 9-17: Two for One Heart Repair

Posted: 09/17/2010 - Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Coronary artery disease is the most common form, killing close to half a million people a year. Instead of major surgery, many doctors use angioplasty or stenting to open blocked arteries. But when more than one artery is clogged, bypass surgery is a must. A new hybrid procedure is helping patients receive the benefits of surgery without a major operation.

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Medical Minute 9-16: Paralyzed Yoga

Posted: 09/16/2010 - Connecting the body and mind. The nearly 16 million Americans who practice yoga live by that very principle, but if you can't physically feel your legs, can you still make that mind-body connection? Meet a man who's teaching by example: That yoga can help the paralyzed feel - again.

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Medical Minute 9-15: Dealing with the Effects of Stroke

Posted: 09/15/2010 - Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., but thanks to new technology and treatment, there are also six and a half million survivors in the country. More than 20% of those survivors suffer from foot drop - the inability to raise the foot because of weakness or paralysis. A new, personalized device is helping survivors feel sturdier on their feet.

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Medical Minute 9-13: Zapping Overactive Bladder

Posted: 09/13/2010 - It's a problem that impacts about 30-million Americans . Overactive bladder disrupts lives and can make people prisoners in their own homes. But, could a little zap to the ankle be a drug-free solution for overactive bladder?

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Medical Minute 9-9: Super Sutures

Posted: 09/09/2010 - It's happened to most of us, while cooking, a knife slips and slices your hand. But a tiny cut in the wrong place could mean lifelong, debilitating damage. Now surgeons have a way to help patients fully heal.

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Medical Minute 9-7: Rehydration Wonder Drug

Posted: 09/07/2010 - Of all the deadly conditions out there, who would've thought dehydration was one of the most lethal? Reports show during any given flu season, basic dehydration can kill more than 300 children. Now, doctors have the hardware to drop that number for good.

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Medical Minute 9-3: Seeing Clearly with an Iris Implant

Posted: 09/03/2010 - Every year, more than two million people suffer some kind of eye injury. More than 50% of those injuries happen before age 25. If the iris -- or the colored part of your eye -- is damaged, it can lead to a lifetime of double vision, blurriness and in rare cases, blindness. Now, a new kind of prosthesis is helping eye injury patients who have run out of options.

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Medical Minute 9-2: Bouncing Back from Back Surgery

Posted: 09/02/2010 - Half a million people suffer from a painful back problem called spinal stenosis. The wear and tear through the years actually narrows your spine where the nerves pass through. Now, a new device is helping people get their backs back into shape.

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Medical Minute 9-1: Lengthening Legs With Implants That Grow

Posted: 09/01/2010 - Take a look at your legs. Is one longer than the other? A small discrepancy is pretty common in adults. But a larger difference creates pain with every step. Now, a unique implant helps legs gradually grow.

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Medical Minute 8-31: Going Under the Needle

Posted: 08/31/2010 - Chinese culture has turned to acupuncture for pain treatment for more than 5,000 years. Now, studies in the U.S. are trying to find out if this ancient medical art is more than just a legend. Now experts are hoping to find the science behind what one girl calls her 'only source' of relief.

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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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