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Medical Minute 8-9: Breathing Easier With Emphysema

Updated: 08/09/2010 - Right now, nearly six-million people in the U.S. are having a hard time catching their breath. Severe emphysema strangles the life out of energetic people. Doctors are testing a new option, no surgery needed.

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Medical Minute 8-6: Recharging Hearts Wirelessly

Posted: 08/06/2010 - When the heart stops, 10 minutes separates life and death. For about 300,000 people in the U.S. every year, help doesn't come fast enough. Now, a new device aims to save lives and eliminate some of the risk.

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Medical Minute 8-5: Sweet Feet Relief for Arthritics

Posted: 08/05/2010 - Arthritis affects 46-million people, but some doctors say you may be able to ease that pain by switching your shoes. A new study is turning the rules of footwear upside down.

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Medical Minute 8-4: Repairing Hearts Without Surgery

Posted: 08/04/2010 - Nearly two-million people are walking around right now suffering from congenital heart defects. More than 800-thousand are children. There may be a new option to strengthen hearts without open-heart surgery.

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Medical Minute 8-3: How Weight Loss Almost Killed Me

Posted: 08/03/2010 - A scathing new government report shows 33% of all adults are obese. So it's no surprise to see more people heading back to the gym these days. But for some, weight loss simply jump-starts another nightmare.

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Medical Minute 8-2: Tracking Hearts from Home

Posted: 08/02/2010 - Each year, more than one-million people are rushed to the ER suffering heart failure. Now, a tiny sensor may lower that number and keep patients home and out of the hospital.

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Medical Minute 7-30: Haley's New Knee

Posted: 07/30/2010 - Every year, 400 children in the United States get osteosarcoma. It's rare, but it's also the most common bone cancer in kids and usually strikes in the leg, just above the knee. In the most challenging cases, amputation is the only way to stop the cancer. Now, a new kind of bone implant is helping to save limbs… and lives. Melissa Medalie has the story.

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Medical MInute 7-28: Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma

Posted: 07/28/2010 - Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma strikes half a million people in the U.S. every year. It starts in the immune system and works its way throughout the body. There's no cure, but now a simple shot could send it into remission. Melissa Medalie has one survivor's story.

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Medical Minute 7-27: One Workout a Week

Posted: 07/27/2010 - If you're having a tough time scheduling a work out, you're not alone. Surveys show less than half the U.S. hits the gym enough to meet government guidelines of 30 minutes a day, five days a week. But what if you could take care of a week's worth of workouts in just one shot? Casey Taylor shows us how some folks are getting in shape doing just that.

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Medical Minute 7-26: Attacking Alzheimer's

Posted: 07/27/2010 - More than five million men and women are living with Alzheimer's in the U.S. alone. Right now, the only drugs available to them only help to relieve the symptoms. As Melissa Medalie reports, that could soon be changing.

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Medical Minute 7-23: Killing Brain Cancer

Posted: 07/23/2010 - 10,000 people each year are told they have one of the most aggressive forms of brain cancer. Most are given just a year to live. Radiation, chemo and surgery buy more time but not much. Now, doctors are focusing on cutting off the cancer's energy source to kill it from the inside out.

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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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