Health Beat: Healthy obese... not an oxymoron?

Obese States - Generic

iStock / MartiSaiz

More than 30-percent of Americans are considered obese. The extra fat puts them at risk for diabetes, stroke and heart attack, but are all obese people unhealthy? Some could actually be healthier than their skinny friends.

Health Beat: Subtle signs of bladder cancer

Seventy-four thousand men and women are diagnosed with bladder cancer every year in the United States. It remains the sixth most common cancer overall, and in men, it's even more common. That's why experts say it's crucial to know the signs and symptoms, some of which can be subtle.

Health Beat: EOS scanner: A 360 view

Scoliosis, or a curvature of the spine, is a structural problem affecting as many as seven million Americans. While it affects both genders, females are eight times more likely to require treatment, including braces and spinal fusion surgery, and that can mean dozens, even hundreds of X-rays. Now, there's finally a breakthrough in X-ray technology.

Health Beat: LAM lung disease

Women in their childbearing years are the targets of a rare lung disease most of us have never even heard of. It's called LAM. Now, for the first time ever, patients have an approved treatment to keep them on their feet.

Health Beat: Retinal implants: Painting the future

For the 15 million Americans who have been diagnosed with macular degeneration, vision deteriorates slowly from the center of the eye, out. It's the leading cause of blindness, and there is no cure. Now, a new implant could keep these patients from completely losing their sight.

Health Beat: Artificial disc replacement

Even though most back problems get better on their own, about 600,000 Americans opt for surgery every year. Spinal fusion is the most common approach, but more and more people are choosing another technique.

Health Beat: Eating away depression

More than 17 million people suffer from it, but six million of them will not get help for their depression. Some don't want the stigma that comes along with it, or even believe they have it, while others don't want to take mind-altering drugs or have the money to seek help, but help could be as close as the apples and berries in your kitchen.

Health Beat: New asthma drug stops attacks

Imagine struggling to fill your lungs with air and, with each breath, feeling like you're suffocating. That's what happens to more than 18-million Americans who suffer from asthma. Medications, shots, inhalers and steroids help most people keep it under control, but for some people, that just isn't enough. Luckily, there's a new drug that may get them breathing easier again.

Health Beat: Balloons for weight loss

Diets, drugs, supplements and surgery are all ways people try to lose weight, but a controversial report in the New York Times claims only half the people who try to lose those extra pounds actually keep the weight off. Now, there's a new, non-surgical approach that could help you finally shed 30, 40, even 50 pounds.

Health Beat: Lighting up endometriosis

More than six million American women and girls struggle with endometriosis, a chronic condition that causes pain before and after their periods. It can also cause infertility. In some cases, endometriosis is difficult to diagnose, but a new imaging method may shed light on difficult to detect cases.

Health Beat: Mosquito mayhem: The pain of Chikungunya



Malaria and West Nile. We've all heard about these viruses carried by mosquitoes. Now, a new virus is sweeping across the country one bite at a time, and its victims may help patients who suffer from the pain of arthritis. From Africa to Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, and across the United States — a virus is spreading. Chikungunya is passed from mosquito to person, infecting more than 1.5 million people.

Health Beat: Battling skin cancer on the beach

While the rates of most types of cancer are on the way down, melanoma is one exception. Some 70,000 new cases of melanoma are diagnosed every year, and 10,000 people die from it. Most can be prevented by cutting exposure to the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays, and some communities across the country are supplying outdoor lovers with one proven weapon against skin cancer.

Health Beat: E-cigarettes: Smoking robot



Electronic cigarettes were designed overseas as a tool to help smokers kick the habit. Health experts in the United States say, these days, E-cigs, as they're called, are more often in the hands of teens. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said E-cigarette use is way up. Thirteen percent of all high school students use them now, as compared to just four percent in 2013.

Health Beat: Growing rods for scoliosis

Growing rod for scoliosis

Children with severe scoliosis often spend their entire childhood going through a series of painful surgeries to correct the curve in their spine, but all of those surgeries are no longer necessary thanks to breakthrough technology.

Health Beat: Diabetic eye injection: A shot for life

Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in American adults, partially because it is often missed until it is too late. Now, a new treatment is helping save patients' sight.

Health Beat: Nutrition and burns

Health Beat Nutrition and burns

Thousands of people are hospitalized with serious burns every year, but now, new research is helping them heal faster than ever.

Health Beat: Fighting ovarian cancer

Health Beat Fighting ovarian cancer

Dozens of women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every day, but without early detection, treatment can be difficult.

Health Beat: HIV vaccine: Rosetta redesign

More than 30 years have passed since the discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, and scientists are still struggling to develop a vaccine, but researchers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville have used an unconventional method to get one step closer. Instead of finding an antibody to kill the virus, they simply created one using a computer program.

Health Beat: Stressed out? There's an app for that

Stress keeps more than 40 percent of Americans lying awake at night, and the impacts can be felt both in our minds and bodies. Experts say the first step toward relief is figuring out the cause. Now, the answers could be at your fingertips.

Health Beat: Ring and sling for the heart

Atrial fibrillation, or Afib, affects more than one million Americans. It's the most common form of heart arrhythmia and can greatly increase the risk of stroke. Now, doctors are using a minimally invasive procedure known as the "ring and sling" to treat the heart.

Most Viewed on

Latest From The Newsroom


Recipes From The Kitchen

Sunrise Chef: Louie Belletiere

Sunrise Chef Loui s Restaurant

"You'll love it at Louie's!"  That's the slogan for Louie's Restaurant in Allentown and with 57 years experience they must be doing something right!  

Sunrise Chef: Prime Steak House

Sunrise Chef Prime Steak House

John Wolf, manager and chef from Prime Steak House in Hanover Township, visited the WFMZ kitchen Friday morning to prepare pulled pork apple cider sandwiches topped with winter coleslaw, warm bacon apple spinach salad and filet of beef medallions with asparagus.

View More Recipes

Music Monday

Music Monday: Lou Franco & Henry Callie

We're getting a preview of the upcoming Lehigh Valley Beatles Showcase on this Music Monday.

Music Monday: The Frank DiBussolo Group

The Frank DiBussolo group dropped in for Music Monday.  The group has a different team of musicians and is working on a new album.  They are known for music from the Big Band era of the 1940s.  Frank spoke with WFMZ's Jaciel Cordoba on 69 News at Sunrise. 

More Performances