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Medical Minute 11-17:

Posted: 11/18/2011 - 166-thousand Americans are living with spina bifida. The disease strikes before birth, often crippling a child's chances of walking and causing a dangerous buildup of fluid on the brain. Surgery usually takes place within a few days after birth, but now results from a new study have opened up the way for kids to get treatment before birth.

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Medical Minute 11-18:

Posted: 11/18/2011 - Super bowl champs and NFL hall of famers are a few of the athletes who'll be part of a major study, After they're dead. A former pro-wrestling star who helped get the NFL's concussion policy changed wants to treat and prevent a form of dementia called CTE.

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Medical Minute 11-16:

Posted: 11/16/2011 - Coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath. 24 million Americans experience these symptoms when asthma attacks.The chronic respiratory disease is obvious in some, but other patients suffer a long time while doctors struggle to figure out their problem. Now, a new test is helping undiagnosed asthmatics breathe a lot easier.

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Medical Minute 11-15:

Updated: 12/28/2011 - Out of their white coats and into camouflage. Doctors and nurses who volunteer for service are required to get a taste of the battlefield before they head to hospitals near war zones. They only have days to train for what they might encounter, and what they learn from the military may be the opposite of what they're taught in school.

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Medical Minute 11-14: Virtual Autopsy

Updated: 12/28/2011 - Giving a voice to the dead without a single slice. It's so cutting edge, the producers of CSI are using this 3-D technology to get ideas for their show.

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Medical Minute 11-11-11: Cancer Vaccines

Updated: 12/28/2011 - Treating cancer could start even before you know you have it. Cancer vaccines are game changers in the fight against the most common forms of this deadly disease.

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Medical Minute 11-10: Medics and Muscle Memory

Updated: 12/28/2011 - You've seen it in numerous movies. Combat medics rushing to the aid of injured troops, putting their own lives on the line to save another. It takes intense training, and one technique can mean the difference between life and death.

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Medical Minute 11-8: The Evolution of Combat Care

Updated: 12/28/2011 - Decade to decade, war to war, combat medics have been on the front lines, treating troops on the brink of death. As battle tactics evolve, so too does battle medicine.

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Medical Minute 11-7: Smart Pills

Updated: 12/28/2011 - They work their way through your body sending signals instead of delivering medicine. Right now, smart pills are helping solve medical mysteries and can do a whole lot more.

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Medical Minute 11-4: Diagnosis to Cure Alzheimer's

Updated: 11/11/2011 - More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease. That equals the same amount of people living in the entire state of Minnesota, or Colorado or Maryland. There is no cure. Early diagnosis is difficult and very few drugs are being tested to slow the progression. Doctors are working on new ways to diagnose and treat Alzheimer's disease that could be the top game changers of this year.

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Medical Minute 11-3: Death by Desk: Is Your Job Killing You?

Updated: 11/11/2011 - Work may be hazardous to your health! New research shows sitting at your desk all day could be killing you. And if you think you're covered because you hit the gym, think again. Sitting for hours at a time can reverse those benefits.

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Medical Minute 11-2: Bionic Breakthroughs

Updated: 12/28/2011 - 250,000 Americans are living with a spinal cord injury. 53% have lost the use of their legs. But bionic breakthroughs are changing the game for these people and helping them move around like never before.

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Medical Minute 11-1: Wiping Away Years From Your Face

Updated: 12/28/2011 - Your grandparents or parents probably had them and you could to. We're talking about the sagging, swollen skin that spans from under the eye to the top of the cheekbone, a condition called "festoons". They make you look tired and older.. now a new laser treatment promises to turn back the hands of time and reveal a younger looking you.

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Medical Minute 10-31: The First Oral Treatment for MS

Updated: 10/31/2011 - Multiple sclerosis is a disease that affects about 400,000 Americans. The body's immune system turns on itself and attacks the brain. Until now -- patients had to rely on injections for help. Now, the very first oral medication for MS has patients talking.

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Medical Minute 10-28: Coming Around: Coma Breakthroughs

Updated: 10/31/2011 - Up to 300,000 Americans are living in a minimally-conscious state. It's a condition that's baffled doctors for decades -- with almost no effective treatments. Now, doctors are trying to wake these patients up.

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Medical Minute 10-27: Copycat Conditions: Stroke Mimics

Updated: 10/31/2011 - Is it just a bad headache or something much worse? Millions of Americans suffer from migraines. Some have attacks so painful and debilitating they can be mistaken as the third leading cause of death in the U.S.!

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Cervical Cancer Screening

Posted: 10/26/2011 - Recently, changes have been recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force for Cervical Cancer Screening.

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FSU Bone Marrow Drive

Updated: 10/26/2011 - FSU takes part in a bone marrow drive to help those battling cancer and other marrow-related illnesses.

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Medical Minute 10-26: Baby Steps: Fertility Findings

Updated: 10/26/2011 - Each year, more than 50-thousand children are born because of in-vitro fertilization. It's a technique that has revolutionized how doctors treat infertility, but it's not perfect. Now three technologies are making the process safer and more successful.

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Medical Minute 10-25:

Posted: 10/25/2011 - More than 300,000 children in the U.S. suffer from epilepsy. Seizures can strike out of nowhere and cause dangerous episodes of shaking and convulsing. Treating children with epilepsy can make all the difference, but doctors first need to observe and analyze their seizures. Now, new technology is making that easier for them and the kids.

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Medical Minute 10-24:

Updated: 10/24/2011 - Imagine slowly losing the sense of who you are and not being able to stop it. Millions of people in the U.S. live with Alzheimer's disease or watch a loved one suffer from it. Now, researchers are looking at a high-powered prescription shake to ease the symptoms.

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Medical Minute 10-21: Taking on Type One: Beating Diabetes

Updated: 10/26/2011 - Every year, more than 15,000 adults and 15,000 children receive a life-changing diagnosis. Type-one diabetes means careful monitoring of glucose levels, diet, and activities. From pumps to pens, medical research has developed better devices for treatment of type-one diabetes. Now, the focus is shifting toward trying to stop the disease in its earliest stages.

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Medical Minute 10-20: Teaching Toddlers How to Eat

Updated: 10/26/2011 - The simple act of swallowing takes about 50 pairs of muscles and nerves -and for some children-it's something they just can't do. Now-these kids are getting the help they need-without even leaving their own high chairs.

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Medical Minute 10-19: Saving Infants from Killer Bacteria

Updated: 10/26/2011 - It's the baby disease you never hear about. NEC is a dangerous condition striking babies' intestines soon after they're born. It affects nearly 10% of infants born at less than 32 weeks. 35% of these children die. Now, research is giving NEC babies a fighting chance.

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Medical Minute 10-18: Don't Wait on Your Prostate

Posted: 10/18/2011 - Rectal exams and P-S-A level tests can be key in catching prostate cancer before it becomes a killer. But men sometimes wait to get checked until urinary problems pop up. Now, a world-renowned prostate expert says that's a big mistake!

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