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Medical Minute 8-23: A Unique Nursing Home

Updated: 08/24/2011 - More than five-million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease. Many of these patients are placed in traditional nursing homes where they must adhere to strict diets, schedules and routines. But one facility is turning all those rules upside down, allowing Alzheimer's patients to do exactly what they want on their own terms. They say it's giving patients the comfort and independence they need to thrive.

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Medical Minute 8-22: Freezing Atrial Fibrillation

Updated: 08/22/2011 - About 2.5 million Americans live with atrial fibrillation. It's a disorder where the heart beats abnormally, raising the risk of stroke among those who have it. Medications can help but often stop working after a while. Doctors now have a new tool to help get these hearts back on track.

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Medical Minute 8-19: Making Medical History

Updated: 08/22/2011 - A family in Utah has made medical history. They're the first in the world to have their entire genome sequenced. Scientists examined each of their 22,000 genes in a successful effort to find the cause of their disease. This breakthrough helped them understand some mysterious health problems that plagued their family.

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Medical Minute 8-18: Fighting Sinus Infections

Updated: 08/22/2011 - If you suffer from sinus problems, you're not alone. 37 million Americans have trouble with their sinuses. Leaving many with headaches, fatigue, and that stuffy feeling. From all-natural to surgery,

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Medical Minute 8-17: iMRI Gives Surgeons the Edge

Updated: 08/22/2011 - A new imaging procedure is giving brain surgeons an edge during a very delicate surgery. A special scanning system allows doctors to see more accurate views of cancer cells they want to remove and the critical areas they want to save.

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Medical Minute 8-16: Vocal Cord Dysfunction

Updated: 08/16/2011 - Take a deep breath - how easy was it? While for many breathing is just something we do mindlessly- for many people diagnosed with vocal cord dysfunction, it's a daily struggle. Because symptoms are so similar, it's often misdiagnosed as asthma.

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Medical Minute 8-15: Saving a Rock Star's Voice with Lasers

Updated: 08/22/2011 - Rocker Roger Daltrey and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler not only share a musical bond. Each has been treated with a laser procedure on their vocal cords. Now, one doctor is using a first-of-its kind approach to battle stage-four cancer on another famous musician.

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Medical Minute 8-12: Linda's New Hand: Rare Transplant Surgery

Updated: 08/12/2011 - Since 2001, more than 1600troops fighting overseas have had to undergo some kind of amputation. Here at home, nearly two-million people are living without a limb. Now, a unique clinical trial that's taking the technology of transplants to a whole new level, could help our soldiers and our loved ones.

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Medical Minute 8-11: Healthcare GPS: Patient Navigators

Posted: 08/11/2011 - Being diagnosed with cancer can be overwhelming. Now think how much more difficult it would be if your doctor spoke a different language. It's a challenge some cancer patients among the 50 million Hispanics in the U.S. are facing. And it's scaring some away from getting the help they need.

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Medical Minute 8-10: Blindsiding Eye Cancer

Updated: 08/10/2011 - A bump below your brow could be a symptom of a deadly eye cancer, but if you have it, your chances of survival just jumped. The rare cancer forms in the gland that produces tears. Ten-year survival used to be 20-percent or less. But now, a new treatment has quadrupled those odds.

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Medical Minute 8-9: Hair Transplants Without the Pain

Posted: 08/09/2011 - There are 150 thousand hairs on the human head and most guys want to keep them right where they are-trouble is, many of them can't. Male pattern baldness affects 40 million men in the U.S. and a quarter of them start going bald by age 30!

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Medical Minute 8-8: Migraine Makeover

Posted: 08/08/2011 - Nearly 30-million Americans suffer from migraines - severe headaches that can be extremely painful and debilitating. They can prevent people from working, socializing and living normal lives. Now, a common plastic surgery procedure may be the key to stopping the pain.

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Medical Minute 8-5: The Man Without a Heart

Posted: 08/05/2011 - Right now, there are about 3,000 people waiting for a heart transplant in the U.S. On average, about 2,100 will receive a donor heart. That leaves hundreds of people dying each year waiting for their perfect match. A new artificial heart may give these patients and thousands more new hope for a new heart.

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Medical Minute 8-4: Right Under Your Nose: New Sleep Apnea Treatment

Posted: 08/04/2011 - 18-million Americans have sleep apnea. It's a condition that not only disrupts sleep but may lead to high blood pressure, heart attacks, stroke or diabetes if left untreated. Now, a simple device that fits over the nose is helping patients get treatment without any discomfort.

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Medical Minute 8-3: Brushing Away Oral Cancer

Updated: 08/04/2011 - Every hour, one person dies of oral cancer. Of the 36,000 people who will be diagnosed this year, just over half will be alive in five years. Survivor rates are so low because it's often not detected until it's too late. But a simple, painless test at the dentist office could now save your life.

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Medical Minute 8-2: Botox: Erasing Migraines, Not Wrinkles

Updated: 08/05/2011 - Although some use the word very loosely, migraines are far more severe than a typical headache. They cost the country more than 20 billion a year in lost wages, disability payments and health-care bills. After more than a decade of off label use, the FDA has finally approved Botox as a treatment for chronic migraines.

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Medical Minute 8-1: Life-Changing Bite: Malaria Takes Limbs

Updated: 08/01/2011 - Every year, 300-million people are infected with malaria. While the disease was eradicated in the U.S. 60 years ago, half the world's population remains at risk. If you travel to an affected country, you could be at risk, too. Now, a first-of-its kind drug could help put a stop to that.

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Medical Minute 7-28: Helping Dogs Help People

Posted: 07/28/2011 - When was the last time you had your eyes checked? Even if your vision is a perfect 20-20, it's important to have an eye exam at least every two years if you're under age 60 and every year if you're over 60. Good vision is important for all of us, but there are some hardworking professionals that can't even drive themselves to an eye appointment.

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Medical Minute 7-27: The Trouble With Salt

Updated: 07/28/2011 - It seems everything you pick off grocery store shelves has too much salt in it. The recommended daily allowance for sodium keeps dropping, but consumers aren't listening. We all know too much sodium is bad for our hearts, but it's also bad for just about every other part of our bodies.

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Medical Minute 7-26: Five Minute Autism Checklist

Posted: 07/26/2011 - Filling out a quick questionnaire in your pediatrician's waiting room, could help determine if your child has autism. Researchers say the infant-toddler checklist can help kids who have it and other development disabilities get on track for treatment much earlier than the norm. And *that* could make a big difference as they grow.

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Medical Minute 7-25: Preserving Donor Livers: The New Technique

Posted: 07/25/2011 - More than 100,000 people need a life-saving organ transplant in the United States. More than six-thousand patients died while waiting for a transplant last year. Doctors have created a new technique that could help save more organs and more lives.

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Medical Minute 7-21: Stealing a Child's Sight

Posted: 07/22/2011 - Without warning, it can turn your child's world pitch black forever. That's why doctor want you to learn about an eye disease before it blindsides your family.

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Medical Minute 7-22: Predicting Dementia: A New Parkinson's Test

Posted: 07/22/2011 - Parkinson's disease affects one in every 100 Americans over the age of 60. Along with its debilitating physical effects, many patients will develop mental decay. A protein in the blood may be key in discovering which patients have the highest risk for developing dementia.

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Medical Minute 7-20: Spinal Surgery Made Easy

Posted: 07/20/2011 - Spinal tumors are often difficult to remove. Standard surgery can be disfiguring, painful, and require a long recovery. Now, one doctor is using a technique that offers patients less pain and a much shorter recovery. It helped one girl live a normal life.

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