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Health Beat: Spinal injury? REACT to the rescue

They are devastating injuries. A fall, a sports accident and suddenly, your spinal cord is damaged. It happens 300,000 times a year in the United States. Some people give up, but many are fighting back.

Health Beat: SBRT for pancreatic cancer

Health Beat SBRT for pancreatic cancer

Stereotactic body radiation, or SBRT, is a radiation therapy designed to treat tumors and protect healthy tissue at the same time. It's been used successfully in patients with lung, brain and spinal cord tumors, but now, researchers say SBRT may also help some patients with pancreatic cancer, traditionally one of the deadliest and most difficult cancers to treat.

Health Beat: 3D printing saves children's hearts

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3D printing is used to make car parts, phone cases and even fashion accessories. The process is also being used successfully in medicine. Now, 3D printing is making heart surgery safer for a growing number of pediatric patients.

Health Beat: Pros and cons of milk

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It used to be a no-brainer. Almost everyone drank milk. Now, not so much. The reasons why are creating a healthy debate.

Health Beat: Patients fall for hi-tech hospital

It may come as a surprise, but hospitals are not the safest place when it comes to the danger of falling. Possibly due to medications and lack of familiarity, a patient falling is a very serious problem for hospitals. The technology you've seen in cars is helping cut down on falls.

Health Beat: Lift for life: Kids can weightlift

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Weightlifting and kids, how young is too young? The medical world is doing a 180 on the subject, and now the benefits are outweighing the risks. Weightlifting can do so much more than build muscles and mass, it can create confidence and character.

Health Beat: Hammertoe surgery

Hammertoe is a condition where one or more toes are bent downward and frozen in an unnatural and uncomfortable position. The traditional method of fixing the toe can be painful and require weeks of rehab. Now, a new procedure is making it easier for patients with hammertoe to get back on their feet.

Health Beat: Coaches for asthma

One in 10 children is living with asthma right now. It's a life-long condition and costs $18 billion a year in medical expenses, lost work and school days. Now, there's a new approach to help your children's health while saving time and money.

Health Beat: Botox stops sweating

Millions of people use Botox to smooth out wrinkles on their forehead and erase crow's feet around the eyes, but Botox, the brand name for what's called botulinum toxin, is most widely used for medical conditions, and the results can be life-changing.

Health Beat: Single site hysterectomy

It used to be that hysterectomies involved a major incision and weeks of recovery, but that has changed in a big way. Now, computerized robotic arms are turning this common surgery into a much easier process.

Health Beat: New adhesion treatment

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Almost 90 percent of the millions of people undergoing abdominal or pelvic surgery every year will suffer through painful internal scar tissue, but it looks like there's a new way to remove that scar tissue and bring welcome pain relief, and it works for other types of pain also.

Health Beat: Epilepsy laser keeps Corey running

Three million people in the United States live with epilepsy, a brain disorder that causes sudden, unpredictable seizures. Surgery is often considered a last resort, but new laser technology is making it easier on patients.

Health Beat: Stem cells for sports injuries

Stem cells for sports injuries

More than 2.6 million Americans are treated for sports-related injuries every year. Many of these injuries lead to surgeries. Could a stem cell injection into the injury be the solution?

Health Beat: Fragile X treatment: Medicine's next big thing?

Health Beat Fragile X treatment Medicine s next big thing

Fragile X syndrome is a genetic condition that causes intellectual disability, learning challenges, autism and behavioral problems. It occurs in more boys than girls, and you may be a carrier of the gene and not show any signs or symptoms. Now, medicine's next big thing may open the door for treating the most common cause of this condition.

Health Beat: Reversing Wernicke syndrome in alcoholics

What do pregnant women, alcoholics and morbidly obese people have in common? They are all at risk for a syndrome that could cause brain damage and memory loss, but now there's a simple solution to help keep them all healthy.

Health Beat: Better workout: Yoga or gym?

Get a regular at the gym and one from a yoga class to compare their workouts and fireworks may break out. Researchers put the question of which workout is best to the test and the result may surprise you.

Health Beat: Ear molding for babies

When babies are born, parents count fingers and toes and look at their infants' facial features. It's not uncommon to find ear malformations, present in about 15 percent of newborns, but now, there's a way to reshape the ear and prevent teasing and surgery in the future.

Health Beat: Toxin-zapping treatment for the heart?

Chelation is a treatment doctors have used for years to remove certain toxins from the body, most often when someone suffers accidental lead poisoning, but for any other treatment, most traditional doctors thought it was a scam or called it "quackery." A decade-long study has now convinced the conventional cardiologist who led it to reconsider chelation for heart disease.

Health Beat: Hepatitis C painkiller addiction

Millions of Americans have it and a good number of them probably don't yet know it. There's no vaccine to prevent Hepatitis C, and now some experts are worried the number of infected could be on the rise.

Health Beat: Urine test for prostate cancer?

More than 220,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2015. Almost 30,000 of those men will die. A routine PSA test and rectal exam are the best way to catch the cancer right now, but there could be a faster and more accurate test on its way.

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