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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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Medical Minute 7-19: The Great Protein Debate: How Much is Too Much?

Posted: 07/19/2011 - How much protein did you eat today? According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, protein from foods like meat, fish and eggs should make up 26% of your daily caloric intake. So, why are so many high protein products showing up in the supermarket these days? Are we becoming protein deficient? And just how much protein do we really need?

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Medical Minute 7-18: M.S. Controversy: Inflating veins, deflating symptoms

Posted: 07/18/2011 - 400-thousand people in the U.S. are prisoners in their own bodies because of M.S. Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease affecting the brain and nervous system, causing nerve impulses to be stopped or slowed. Now, patients are traveling hundreds, even thousands of miles, for a controversial treatment that's only performed by a few doctors in the U.S.

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Medical Minute 7-15:

Updated: 07/15/2011 - This year, 785-thousand people in the U.S. will have their first heart attack. Nearly half a million more, who've already had one or more heart attacks, will suffer another one. Heart attacks can do serious damage to the heart and affect everything from its size to its ability to function. Now, researchers believe our own bodies could hold the key to repairing that damage.

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Medical Minute 7-13: A New Prostate Cancer Treatment

Posted: 07/14/2011 - More than two million men in the U.S. have prostate cancer. This year, doctors will diagnose 217-thousand new cases.Early detection and a host of new treatments can stop it in its tracks, but for the 100-thousand patients whose prostate cancer has spread, there aren't many options. Now, the first FDA approved immunotherapy treatment for prostate cancer is offering late-stage patients new hope.

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Medical Minute 7-14: Osteoporosis: Not Just a Women's Disease

Updated: 07/14/2011 - Nine million women in the U.S. have osteoporosis, a loss of calcium in the bones that makes them brittle and susceptible to fracture. Although we think of osteoporosis as a women's disease, men can get it too! Now there's a new way to figure out if *you're* in danger of developing it.

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Medical Minute 7-12: Food Fraud

Posted: 07/12/2011 - Germany's E-coli outbreak has people around the world wondering how safe their food really is. Here in the United States, special agents are working hard to keep your family safe from counterfeit food. The underground industry brings in about 50 billion dollars a year.

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Medical Minute 7-11: Optic Nerve Damage

Updated: 07/12/2011 - It can start with a fall off a bike, a car accident, or even an explosion. As many as one-million Americans have had their lives disrupted because of vision problems from a head injury. The optic nerve is essentially the video cable that connects our eyes to our brain. If it's injured, lost vision is usually the result. But one man was one of the lucky ones.

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Medical Minute 7-7: Treating Alzheimer's With a Shake

Updated: 07/08/2011 - One in eight older Americans is living with Alzheimer's disease. Almost twice as many women suffer from it as men. There is also no cure, but slowing it down could be as simple as drinking a high-powered prescription energy drink.

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Medical Minute 7-8: Farm Animals Halt Amputees

Updated: 07/08/2011 - Farm animals could help save your limbs. Right now, more than one and a half million people in the U.S. are non-traumatic amputees. Vascular disease, a major complication associated with diabetes, is the most common cause. Now, a new material from cows is healing wounds and halting some amputations.

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Medical Minute 7-6: Magnets Wake Up Coma Patients

Updated: 07/06/2011 - Every year, one-point-seven million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury -- accounting for one in five war injuries. While medicine can keep many of those suffering the most severe cases alive after a coma, giving them back function is something science has been unable to do. Now, a promising study using electromagnetic stimulation could help them wake up.

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Medical Minute 7-5: Food as Medicine

Updated: 07/12/2011 - From cancer to Alzheimer's to depression, what you put in your body before and after diagnosis- could be the difference in surviving or dying. Find out which foods do and don't do the body good.

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Medical Minute 7-1: Losing Your Head: Surviving Internal Decapitation

Updated: 07/01/2011 - What if every step you take, every move you make, every breath you breathe, you were at risk of becoming paralyzed, a quadriplegic, or even dying? That's what some people face all because of an injury you can't see and many doctors misdiagnose or don't know how to treat.

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Medical Minute 6-30: Yoga Boosts the Brain?

Posted: 06/30/2011 - How do you boost your mood when you're feeling down? Eating ice cream? Going for a run? Turns out the only things you really need are a bottle of water and a place to lie down. You may think yoga is a bunch of new-age hooey, but your brain feels a different way entirely.

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Medical Minute 6-29: Wiping Out Hepatitis C

Posted: 06/29/2011 - About four-million Americans are infected with the Hepatitis C virus, and most of them don't know it. Often, patients live for years or decades with few or no symptoms while the virus destroys the liver. A new treatment has just been approved by the FDA, and it's helping more and more patients rid the body of the virus for good.

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Medical Minute 6-28: 101-year-old Doctor Still Making the Rounds

Posted: 06/28/2011 - Retirement is something a lot of hard working folks look forward to. These days, though, a growing number of workers are opting not to retire, for ten years or even longer. But we know a doctor who has gone way beyond that. He's more than a century old, and still working.

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Medical Minute 6-27: Treating Melanoma With DNA

Updated: 06/27/2011 - 68,000 Americans are diagnosed every year with melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer. When caught early, a patient has an excellent chance of surviving the disease, but once the disease spread, doctors had very few treatment options. But researchers have found new treatments that may stop the cancer in its tracks.

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Medical Minute 6-23:

Updated: 06/23/2011 - Vertigo is a sensation thrill seekers will chase for fun, but imagine living with it all the time. More than two million Americans do, but here's a simple way to relieve the dizziness.

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