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Medical Minute 6-20: Undoing Dupuytren's in a Snap

Updated: 06/22/2011 - It's a disease most people have never heard of and probably can't begin to pronounce. But three percent of the U.S. population has it -- a hand deformity that can make it impossible to straighten their fingers or even their toes. Surgery used to be the only way to fix it until now

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Medical Minute 6-21: Childhood Cancer: Effects Last a Lifetime

Updated: 06/22/2011 - Each year more than 12,000 children are diagnosed with cancer, but thanks to advancements in treatment 80% of them will survive. Coping with life after cancer has its own consequences, some as devastating as the disease itself.

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Medical Minute 6-17: Stopping the Stroke Damage

Posted: 06/17/2011 - Every year, 750,000 Americans suffer a stroke, and more than 150,000 die. The sooner you get treatment, the better chance you have to survive. A stroke can take away your ability to speak or even move, functions that may never come back. But now, scientists may have found a new way to stop and even reverse that damage.

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Medical Minute 6-16: Burning Away Cancer

Updated: 06/16/2011 - It's the fastest growing cancer in the country and now doctors recommend it be treated more aggressively. Nearly 13,000 Americans will be diagnosed with esophageal cancer this year, and it could be fueled by something as common as acid reflux! But, thanks to new guidelines doctors can zap away the damage before the cancer can form.

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Medical Minute 6-15: Cutting Off Cancer That Can't Be Cut

Posted: 06/15/2011 - This year, 1.5 million Americans will be diagnosed with some kind of cancer. Treatment often includes chemotherapy or radiation, but in cancers where not all of the tumor can be removed, one big challenge is making sure the cancer doesn't start growing again. Now, there's a new experimental approach: personalized treatment that's as unique as the patients themselves.

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Medical Minute 6-14: Finger Nails: Window to Your Health

Updated: 06/14/2011 - It's been said that the eyes are a window to the soul, but could the same hold true for our nails? Dermatologists say changes in nail color and texture could indicate a serious health problem.

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Medical Minute 6-13: Removing the Stones Growing in Your Mouth

Updated: 06/13/2011 - It only happens to one out of every 10,000 people, but if you're that one person who develops a salivary stone, it can make something as simple as swallowing painful and difficult. It can take open surgery, and sometimes even removing the salivary gland itself, just to get the stone out. Now, there's a new, high-tech approach to removing these painful stones without a single scar.

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Medical Minute 6-8: Hip Surgery Hope

Updated: 06/08/2011 - More than 193,000 total hip replacements are performed each year in the U.S. About 10% of those implants will require a revision. Now, a technique borrowed from cancer survivors is giving new hope to those in the most critical situations.

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Medical Minute 6-6: Stem Cells Save Legs

Updated: 06/08/2011 - 12-million Americans have peripheral arterial disease -- a chronic disorder that limits blood flow to the pelvis, legs or arms. At its worst, it can cause dangerous complications. Treatment options range from lifestyle changes, exercise and medications to angioplasty or even surgery. Now, for patients with the most serious blockages, researchers are studying a new, experimental option: Adult stem cells.

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Medical Minute 6-2: Lyrics for Life

Posted: 06/03/2011 - What good is a record deal when you are dying? A talented rapper learns the true meaning of brotherly love when his older brother saves his life by giving him what's in short supply in the African American community - A donated kidney.

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Medical Minute 6-3: Saving Quentin: Little Sister to the Rescue

Updated: 06/03/2011 - It's the most common cancer in children and teens. Leukemia is a cancer of the blood cells that accounts for one out of every three childhood cancers. Cure rates are higher than ever, but for some children who can't be cured with traditional therapies like chemo, doctors are looking at a new, experimental option: Stem cells. The key to success is a perfect match.

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Medical Minute 6-1: Viagra Rescues Cold Hands

Updated: 06/01/2011 - At some point or another, we'll all suffer from cold hands. Most of us warm up within 15 or 20 minutes. But if yours don't, it could mean an underlying health condition. In one woman's case, it almost cost her her hand.

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Medical Minute 5-31: Giving a Voice to Deaf Children

Updated: 05/31/2011 - Each day, more than 30 kids are born with hearing loss in the U.S., making it the most common birth defect. Without early intervention, special education services for these children can top one million dollars. Now, a new study tracks how these children can learn to listen, talk and read.

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Medical Minute 5-27: Play Ball! Saving a Young Girl's Leg

Updated: 05/27/2011 - 2300 cases of bone cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States. Although it's relatively rare, treatment for this cancer can involve disfiguring surgery to remove large areas of tissue, and in severe cases, even amputation. Now, a donor bone gave one young girl a new leg and new hope for an active life.

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Medical Minute 5-26: Williams Syndrome: Drumming with Seth

Updated: 05/26/2011 - Williams syndrome is a genetic disorder that causes medical and developmental problems. Just one in 7500 babies is born with it, but help for these tiny victims could bring help to millions who suffer from hypertension and anxiety.

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Physical Fitness and Sports

Posted: 05/25/2011 - May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, so we sat down with Dr. Nancy Van Vessem, the chief medical officer at Capital Health Plan, to find out why movement is so important in keeping healthy.

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Medical Minute 5-25: Helping Stomach Paralysis

Posted: 05/25/2011 - Imagine being hungry and not being able to eat without feeling sick. For 1.5 million Americans who suffer from gastroparesis, it's reality. And for 60% of the children diagnosed with the disease, the cause is not known. Now, doctors are using a new concept to change the lives of children living with this stomach condition.

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Medical Minute 5-23: Patching Leaky Lungs

Updated: 05/25/2011 - We depend on our lungs every day for every breath, but 12-million people in the U.S. suffer from lung diseases -- from bronchitis to emphysema. Medications can help those patients breathe easier, but what if you had those chronic problems, plus a hole in one of your lungs? For one man, new technology came to the rescue when nothing else could help.

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Medical Minute 5-24: Golden Cure for Varicose Veins

Updated: 05/24/2011 - Just ten years ago, patients with varicose veins had those veins ripped out of their body with metal piping, and while modern technology has moved on to less-invasive techniques, pain has still been an issue. Now, a little precious metal is making a big difference for the 40% of women dealing with this problem.

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Medical Minute 5-20: Rebuilding Noses

Updated: 05/20/2011 - Rhinoplasty -- a nose job -- is one of the top five cosmetic surgical procedures performed in the U.S. each year. Last year, 252,000 people had their nose surgically corrected. Now, doctors have a way to rebuild better noses in less time with less pain for the patient.

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Medical Minute 5-19: Massage Vocal Cords Back to Life

Posted: 05/19/2011 - If you use it too much, you could lose it. We're talking about your voice. Teachers, lawyers and others who talk a lot each day are at risk for a condition that causes pain and hoarseness. Now, there's a new way to help those folks get their voices back and it doesn't involve any drugs at all.

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Medical Minute 5-18: Clot-Killing Drugs

Updated: 05/18/2011 - Every 34 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack. Almost half of them will die. How quickly you're treated makes a big difference in whether or not you'll survive. Now, an innovative way to treat heart attack patients means they're not only surviving but thriving.

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Medical Minute 5-17: Test Yourself for a Healthy Heart

Updated: 05/17/2011 - The number one cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. is heart disease, and the most common type of heart disease here is coronary artery disease, which can lead to heart attack. Although genes play a big part in diagnosis, experts say you can do a few things at home to reduce your risk of death.

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