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Medical Minute 5-11: Tales from the Womb: Saving Evan from Spina Bifida

Updated: 05/11/2011 - 166,000 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 5-10: Addiction Wars: Sex: The New Crack?

Posted: 05/10/2011 - Tiger Woods says he was one. Lindsay Lohan was accused of being one. Charlie Sheen may be one. We're talking about sex addicts. It's a term that's received a lot of attention lately. Some say it's real. Others say it's a real good excuse.

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Medical Minute 5-9: FDA Approved! New Help for Lupus Sufferer

Posted: 05/09/2011 - One-point-five million Americans and five-million people worldwide are living with lupus right now. Lupus has no known causes or cures. Now, there's new hope. The FDA just approved the first new lupus drug in 50 years.

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Medical Minute 5-6: Genes for Sale

Updated: 05/12/2011 - Each of us has 20- to 25-thousand genes in our body. You think you're in control, but actually, someone else owns, yes owns, 20-percent of your genes. Biotech companies are snatching up the patent rights -- giving them sole control of any test, therapy or cure for certain diseases. Right now, the issue of patenting our genes is being played out in court.

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Medical Minute 5-4: Organ Donations and Facebook

Posted: 05/04/2011 - Half-a-billion people use Facebook to connect with friends, lovers, and colleagues. Now it's saving lives by linking potential organ donors with patients who need them.

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Medical Minute 4-26: E-Cigarettes: Smoke and Mirrors?

Updated: 05/02/2011 - Right now, there are 1.2 billion smokers world-wide, and five million of them die each year. Some experts say that death rate could double by the year 20-30. And while one-million smokers now hope e-cigarettes cure their addiction, one academic says the data doesn't add-up.

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Medical Minute 5-2: Designing Bodies in a Lab

Posted: 05/02/2011 - Right now, 105,000 people are waiting for an organ to save their life. From kidneys to lungs to livers, the list is long; 17 people die each day in the U.S. waiting for a transplant. But organ donation could one day become obsolete. Life is now being designed in the lab and organs, limbs, wombs, and even skin are being grown from a single cell.

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Medical Minute 4-29: Arsenic for Leukemia

Posted: 04/29/2011 - This year in the U.S., doctors will diagnose 43,000 new cases of leukemia. Though many of these cancers are highly curable, it can recur, even after successful treatment. Now, researchers say they've found a surprising new way to stop a potentially deadly type of adult leukemia from coming back. They give the patient arsenic.

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Medical Minute 4-25: Fixing Tendons

Posted: 04/28/2011 - Whether they do it smashing their hand in a door or just cutting a sandwich, this year 16-million Americans will suffer a serious hand injury. For injuries that involve a severed tendon in one of your fingers, the function of the whole hand can be seriously compromised.

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Medical Minute 4-28: New Mommy Malady: "Mummy Thumb"

Posted: 04/28/2011 - Government records shows about four-million babies are born in the U.S. each year. More than 10% of those new moms are first time moms over 35. If you're one of them - take note: That new pain in your arms is more common than you think.

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Medical Minute 4-27: MNBT? Catching Cancer with Magnets

Posted: 04/27/2011 - It's the cancer that killed president Barack Obama's mother. The same cancer that claimed 14,000 U.S. women last year alone. Ovarian cancer strikes 25,000 women every year. Early diagnosis is their best chance of survival, but recurrence of the cancer can be deadly, but there may be a way to stop ovarian cancer in it's tracks.

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Medical Minute 4-22: New Knee - A Leg Up for Patience

Updated: 04/27/2011 - If that nagging pain in your knees has turned into a full-blown dilemma, you've got company. That same pain forces more than half a million people to undergo knee replacement surgery each year, but for decades, doctors asked younger patients to live with the pain for a few years to avoid revision surgery a decade down the road. Those days, though, are officially over.

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Medical Minute 4-21: Video Games Boost Brain Power

Posted: 04/21/2011 - Battling bad guys - saving the princess - and winning the super bowl. Video games let you do all three - and more - which is why they're now a 10 billion dollar annual business. But if you thought your kids were frying their brains while playing them - you were Wrong.

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Medical Minute 4-20: Rotator Repair

Posted: 04/20/2011 - It's like a sleeve that wraps around your shoulder joint, allowing you to raise, lower and move your arm, but when the rotator cuff tears, it makes even the simplest arm movement painful and difficult. Now, a new experimental procedure is changing that.

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Medical Minute 4-15: Chemo Blast for Melanoma

Posted: 04/19/2011 - Cancer concerns continue to bombard the American public, but some stats are simply scarier than others. For the more than 50,000 projected new cases of melanoma this year alone, there is help.

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Medical Minute 4-18: Doubling Prostate Cancer Survival

Posted: 04/19/2011 - One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, and one in 36 men will die from it. When prostate cancer recurs -- and spreads -- treatment options start to dwindle. Now, there's new hope to stop this cancer.

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Medical Minute 4-19: Top Vision Tests for Your Child

Posted: 04/19/2011 - Children and vision problems never have to mix. In fact, 95% of all eye issues can be fixed with early detection. That's why doctors check for this sort of thing before your baby leaves the hospital. But that doesn't mean more problems can't pop up later in life.

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Medical Minute 4-14: The Rise of a Cancer

Posted: 04/14/2011 - Over the past 30 years in America, the smoking rate has plunged considerably. As a result, the throat cancer rate has dropped across all types, except one: Oro-pharynx cancer. This type is suddenly - and dangerously - on the rise. Now, doctors are linking that increase with a common virus.

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Medical Minute 4-13: Curing Diabetes

Posted: 04/13/2011 - 25-million men, women and children in the U.S. are diagnosed with diabetes. Another seven-million have it and don't even know it, and two million more will be told they have it this year. There is no cure, but some patients may become the first in the country to say they had type-one diabetes and are now insulin-free!

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Medical Minute 4-12: Meals and Multitasking: A Bad Combo

Posted: 04/12/2011 - It used to be that when you sat down for a meal, you ate your meal. But now we eat while driving or working or watching TV. Experts say we now do 50% of our eating while concentrating on something else.

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Medical Minute 4-8: Relieving Back Pain Without Spinal Fusion

Updated: 04/11/2011 - It's a pain most of us will experience in our lifetime. Hopefully, you'll be one of the lucky ones, where bed rest and an aspirin does the trick. But for 46,000 people each year, their back pain will become debilitating. Now, doctors are relieving the pain without going to the extreme of spinal fusion.

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Medical Minute 4-7: Pseudo Tumors

Updated: 04/07/2011 - It's a rare condition, but it's one doctors say you need to know about. Pseudo tumor cerebri can cause severe pain. It's become more common in kids, and if it's not caught in time, they could go blind.

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Medical Minute 4-5: Helping a Blind Man Sail

Updated: 04/06/2011 - Four million people in the United States are living in darkness-blind. And 75 percent of those are not able to work. But one man is trying to change that, and he's using technology to help give people who are blind their freedom back.

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