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Medical Minute 4-14: Blasting Away Liver Tumors

Posted: 04/14/2010 - It can start as skin, lung or bone cancer, but when it's not stopped early, many cancers spread to the liver. Traditionally, once the disease hits the liver, patients are given less than a year to live. Now a new experimental approach is blasting the organ with chemo while sparing the rest of the body.

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Medical Minute 4-13: Smart Home: Safe Seniors

Posted: 04/13/2010 - One of the most difficult things for older individuals is being forced out of their own home and into a nursing home, but new technology may help them maintain their independence longer.

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Medical Minute 4-12: Two Breast Cancer Breakthroughs

Posted: 04/12/2010 - You have breast cancer. Nearly 200,000 women will hear those words this year. About 41,000 will die from it. Technology is changing the way doctors track and kill the disease.

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Medical Minute 4-9: Retinoblastoma: Saving Eyes, Sparing the Body

Posted: 04/09/2010 - Retinoblastoma is an eye cancer that strikes kids as young as one. Treatment often involves chemo that can lead to nausea, hair loss and a weak immune system, but doctors are pioneering a new approach that zeroes in on the cancer without the life-altering side effects.

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Medical Minute 4-8: Wheelchair Workouts

Posted: 04/08/2010 - Every year, 11,000 people hear "you may never walk again," and the majority of them are in the prime of their lives. One young paraplegic, who's defying the odds, is helping others do the same.

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Medical Minute 4-7: Lighting Up Dry Eye Off-Label

Posted: 04/07/2010 - It's an annoying eye condition that impacts more than a quarter of the population. Dry eye forces nearly 23 million people to use drops several times a day, but could light therapy typically used to smooth the skin also stop the burning eye condition? Patients are now going off-label to find relief.

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Medical Minute 4-6: Preventing Pitching Injuries

Updated: 04/07/2010 - It's springtime and for many kids that means it's time to hit the diamond. Baseball and softball aren't traditionally considered dangerous sports, but to many orthopedic surgeons, they are. The doctors say injuries are going up and the age of those needing surgery is going down.

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Medical Minute 4-2: Saving Brains. Saving Lives

Posted: 04/02/2010 - Every 15 seconds, someone in the United States sustains a traumatic brain injury or T-B-I. It happens to two-million adults and children every year, leading to as many as 80,000 new cases of long- term disability. Despite the enormity of the problem, there is no effective treatment. Now, though, doctors are experimenting with an infusion that could save the brain.

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Medical Minute 3-25: Five Minute Test for Autism

Posted: 03/25/2010 - New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend all children should be screened for autism at one and half and two years of age. A typical evaluation to diagnose autism can take two to four hours. Now, a quick new screening test can help doctors determine if a toddler is at risk.

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Medical Minute 3-23: Get Rid of Your Glasses

Posted: 03/25/2010 - It's something just about everyone struggles with after age 50: straining our eyes to make out the fine print. Now, a new generation of lenses is giving people the freedom to ditch their glasses for good.

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Medical Minute 3-19: botox for Bladders

Posted: 03/25/2010 - It's well known for its cosmetic uses, but doctors say botox may also be the key to helping millions of Americans who suffer from overactive bladders. It's ranked among the 10 most common chronic medical conditions and impacts nearly 34 million people. More than half don't find relief through traditional treatments, so one woman turned to an experimental injection for help.

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Medical Minute 3-18: From Cancer Patient to Cancer Doc

Posted: 03/25/2010 - There are about 902-million doctors visits each year in the U.S. for people suffering from everything from a cold to cancer. Sometimes you wonder if your doctor understands what you're going through. One oncology doctor says he does. We'll show you how beating cancer as a teenager changed his life.

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Medical Minute 3-15: Dangerous Deliveries: Keeping Mom and Baby Together

Posted: 03/25/2010 - One in every 33 babies is born with a birth defect. The most seriously affected babies often spend their crucial first hours or days separated from their mothers. New delivery units are designed to keep these high-risk babies and their mothers together while giving them a fighting chance.

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Medical Minute 3-12: Magnets Guide Hearts Back Into Rhythm

Posted: 03/25/2010 - Millions of Americans an irregular heart beat, or atrial fibrillation. If left untreated, it puts people at an increased risk of blood clots and stroke. Now, magnets can guide doctors into hard-to-reach places.

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Medical Minute 3-11: Treating Dogs. Curing Humans?

Posted: 03/25/2010 - They keep us company, make us smile and are always there to lend a furry paw, but now our four-legged friends are helping scientists find cures for serious diseases.

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Medical Minute 3-10: Spray Stops Nosebleeds

Posted: 03/25/2010 - Most nosebleeds are distracting but go away after a few drops. Imagine having a nosebleed every day of your life … but instead of a few drops, it's a few pints of blood. That's reality for people with H-H-T, a genetic disorder that affects blood vessels. It impacts one out of every two-thousand people in the U.S. and more than six-million people world-wide. One doctor is experimenting with a spray to stop the bleeding.

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Medical Minute 3-9: Weight Loss Surgery Without a Scar

Posted: 03/25/2010 - The number of obese people just surpassed the number of overweight people in this country. Fighting this epidemic is on the forefront in the medical world. Now, a new, less-invasive procedure may give people who need to lose weight new hope.

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Medical Minute 3-8: Stem Cells for Spinal Cord Injuries

Posted: 03/25/2010 - Nearly 300,000 people in the U.S. are living with a spinal cord injury. A scientist who's spent the past decade in the lab looking for a cure says a new treatment is within reach. If he's right, it could revolutionize the treatment of spinal cord injuries.

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Medical Minute 3-5: Risky Surgery for Deadly Cancers

Posted: 03/25/2010 - Cancer is never an easy diagnosis to accept, but when it spreads, the prognosis gets worse. Most patients whose cancer spreads throughout the stomach are given less than a year to live. But, there's a group of surgeons taking on what most consider impossible cases and performing a grueling surgery to save lives.

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Medical Minute 3-4: Surviving the Deadliest Cancer

Posted: 03/25/2010 - Lung cancer kills about 160-thousand people in the U.S. every year, and one of the biggest problems is that one-quarter of lung cancer patients are too sick, too old or too weak to survive surgery. Until recently, there were few options, but now doctors are finding ways to help people beat the odds.

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Medical Minute 3-2: Flat-Fee Medicine

Posted: 03/25/2010 - While the country waits for health care reform and a solution, some doctors are taking your health into their own hands by offering an alternative.

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Medical Minute 3-1: Lengthening Legs by 10 Inches

Posted: 03/25/2010 - Imagine the doctors saying amputation is your only option. That's the reality for some kids born with leg deformities. But, one doctor is working to give these children more choices.

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