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Medical Minute 4-23: Thyroid Cancer: First Treatment in 30 Years

Posted: 04/23/2010 - For the first time in 30 years there's a new treatment for thyroid cancer. About 35,000 people face the battle every year, and 25% of them don't respond to traditional therapy. Now there's a drug that's stopping tumors in their tracks.

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Medical Minute 4-22: Dissolving Dangerous Clots

Posted: 04/22/2010 - Up to 300,000 people will die from deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, this year. It causes blood clots in the leg that can break off and travel to the lungs or heart, but a new, surgery-free treatment is fishing out the killer clots and sending patients back to normal life the next day.

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Medical Minute 4-21: Kid-Safe Chemo Protects Hearts

Posted: 04/21/2010 - Kids are winning the battle against cancer with a survival rate of 90%. That's compared to just 4% 40 years ago. But the powerful treatments come at a price. Researchers may have a solution to kick the cancer and protect the rest of a child's growing body.

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Medical Minute 4-20: Shocking Away Back Pain

Posted: 04/20/2010 - For so many chronic pain sufferers, traditional treatments like drugs and external therapies just don't do the trick. Now, a new surgical option is showing promising results. In fact, it's positively "electric."

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Medical Minute 4-19: Artificial Hand That Can Feel

Posted: 04/19/2010 - One-point-two million Americans are living with a lost limb. That's about one out of every 200 people in the United States. 200,000 rely on a prosthetic. Now, for the first time, a new arm may give amputees more control and even the ability to feel. It could be medicine's next big thing.

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Medical Minute 4-16: Virtually Rebuilding Faces

Posted: 04/16/2010 - Four-million people in the U.S. have braces to straighten their teeth, but in some cases braces alone can't correct the alignment of the jaw. These patients typically have trouble eating and speaking and surgery is the best option. Now, doctors are preforming the surgeries virtually before they enter the O.R.

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Medical Minute 4-15: Shadow Diseases

Posted: 04/15/2010 - Many people live with more than one chronic disease. Now, researchers are learning more and more about why two diseases that don't seem to be related at all travel in pairs.

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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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