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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 6-24: 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 6-22: 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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Medical Minute 6-17: Oxygen Therapy for Diabetics

Posted: 06/17/2010 - More than 23-million people in the U.S. have diabetes. About 15-percent will develop foot ulcers -- large, painful sores that, in severe cases, force doctors to amputate. In fact, 60-percent of non-traumatic lower- limb amputations occur in people with diabetes. For some patients, it's not a new drug or surgery that's saving their feet. It's a treatment that doesn't require them to move a muscle.

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Medical Minute 6-16: Starving Prostate Cancer

Posted: 06/16/2010 - Doctors say it's a cancer men are more likely to die with… not from. Although prostate cancer is the second most common type in men, it tends to be slow- growing. Most treatments zap, freeze or poison it. Now, there's a new treatment that kills prostate cancer by cutting off the tumor's food supply.

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Medical Minute 6-15: Tattletale Pills

Posted: 06/15/2010 - If you forget to do what your doctor tells you, you're not alone. But now, engineers have created a way to make sure you're following doctor's orders.

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Medical Minute 6-14: Prostate Cancer Vaccines Extend Lives

Posted: 06/14/2010 - The first FDA-approved vaccine to treat prostate cancer is now available to patients. A second one is also in development. Doctors say the vaccines are changing the way they treat cancer. They're not cure-alls, but they could extend the lives of men who were only given a few years.

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Medical Minute 6-11: Removing Tumors, Preserving Memories

Posted: 06/11/2010 - One wrong move during brain surgery can change a patient's personality forever. Doctors developed a new technique that allows them to remove a brain tumor without actually cutting through the brain.

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Medical Minute 6-4: Blanket Saves Babies' Lives

Posted: 06/09/2010 - Four out of every thousand babies born in the U.S. suffers brain damage. Traditionally, there was nothing doctors could do to prevent the lifetime of disabilities that could follow, but now, they're using a simple blanket to save brains and change lives.

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Medical Minute 6-9: Rotator Cuff Repair

Posted: 06/09/2010 - It's one of the most common problems for major league pitchers, but you don't have to be an all-star athlete to suffer from a torn rotator cuff. Nearly one-third of all orthopedic injures are linked to tears in these tendons and muscles in the shoulder. A new surgery developed by the team doctor for the L-A dodgers is now benefiting everyday athletes, too.

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Medical Minute 6-8: Fat Working Overtime

Posted: 06/08/2010 - No matter how much we diet and exercise, we still don't have complete control over where on our body we lose weight. What if you could take fat from one area and move it to another? It's a trend in cosmetic surgery, and now doctors are adding stem cells to the mix to make your fat and you look younger.

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Medical Minute 6-7: Genes of Obesity

Posted: 06/07/2010 - If you drive to work with two other people, the government says one of you is too fat. According to the CDC, 33% of Americans are obese. Now, experts say a tiny mouse could hold the key to explaining those love handles.

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Medical Minute 6-3: Aural Amazement

Posted: 06/03/2010 - Can you hear me now? More and more people can't! At least 30 million Americans are having trouble hearing. Now, a new type of hearing aid is making it easier for people to get help without everyone knowing it.

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Medical Minute 6-2: Fountain of Youth for the Eyes

Posted: 06/02/2010 - It's an eye condition no one can escape from, and it's what makes reading glasses so popular. After 40, our eyes start to have trouble focusing up close on words in books, newspapers, and other tiny objects. But some doctors say an experimental surgery could be the fountain of youth for our eyes.

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Medical Minute 6-1: Adult ADHD: A Growing Frustration

Posted: 06/01/2010 - With about 8% of U.S. children being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, parents across the nation are on the lookout for symptoms. Sadly, those parents often fail to recognize the same problem in themselves.

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Medical Minute 5-31: Scarless Surgery For Kids

Posted: 05/31/2010 - Traditional abdominal surgery used to mean acute pain, a lengthy recovery and a nasty visible scar. but, over the past few years, surgeons have begun using a new technique on adults that makes minimally invasive surgery nearly scarless. Now, pediatric experts are using the approach to make surgery easier on kids.

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Medical Minute 5-28: Neuroblastoma: New Hope For Kids

Posted: 05/28/2010 - Neuroblastoma is a childhood cancer of the nervous system that is often very aggressive. For the first time in more than a decade, researchers have developed a new therapy that could give these kids a fighting chance.

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Medical Minute 5-27: Teen Invents Video Game Diet

Posted: 05/27/2010 - Obesity is becoming an epidemic for America's youth. One teen decided he'd had enough and developed his diet modeled after a video game that helped him shed the pounds.

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Medical Minute 5-26: Stopping Melanoma in its Tracks

Posted: 05/26/2010 - This year, 1.5 million people will be diagnosed with cancer. The goal is to catch the disease before it spreads, increasing the odds of survival. Doctors developed a new kind of surgery that could help some patients stop the cancer in its tracks with less risk of another trip to the hospital. We want to warn you some of the pictures are graphic.

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