Health Beat: Kidney stones in kids

Kidney stones are small, hard deposits that develop in the kidneys, and if you've ever had them or known someone who has, you know how incredibly painful they can be. Over the past 20 years, the number of Americans who have developed kidney stones has increased by 70 percent, and the fastest increase has been in kids.

Health Beat: Graves' disease in teens overlooked too often

Health Beat Graves disease in teens overlooked too often

Plummeting grades, weight change and trouble focusing. It might be easy to blame your teen's behavior on the changes in adolescence. Your family doctor might suspect attention deficit disorder, but Graves' disease, a condition where the thyroid works overtime, can easily be overlooked in kids and teens.

Health Beat: Best bet for back pain?

An estimated 400,000 Americans over the age of 60 struggle with back pain caused by lumbar spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal. For many patients, surgery is not the only option, and a new study shows other treatments may be just as effective for long-term relief of chronic pain.

Health Beat: CI therapy for aphasia

During a stroke, blood flow to the brain is cut off, and the damage that occurs can affect a person's movement and speech. In the past, therapists believed that most patients' language skills would improve only in the first few months or the first year after stroke, but researchers are now finding that a special kind of therapy is producing results for patients even years later.

Health Beat: Sleep drunkenness

Health Beat Sleep drunkenness

When it comes to sleep, Americans are suffering. In fact, about 70 million of us have a chronic sleep problem. Now, there's a new condition that you may not have heard of.

Health Beat: Designer fiber: Getting rid of tummy troubles

While we know fiber is good for us, it can also cause bloating and other issues, but new research could end that and make way for breakthrough treatments for some serious health problems.

Health Beat: Saving Sal: His son to the rescue

Saving Sal

For many of us, family is why we wake up in the morning and do what we do all day long, but for one father and son, the bond is even stronger today after a life-saving, medical miracle.

Health Beat: Faster stress tests for hearts

Health Beat

In a usual stress test, doctors use either a treadmill or a chemical to rev up the heart, but a new cardiac imaging system changes all that.

Health Beat: Coping with cutting

health beat self injuries

Numbers are hard to come by, but about two million cases of self-injury are reported in the United States every year. It can be highly addictive behavior for those who choose to harm themselves.

Health Beat: VOMS test for concussion

Health Beat: VOMS test for concussion

We've all heard a lot recently about the danger of concussions and how critically important it is to protect ourselves from repeated brain injury. Experts often use sophisticated equipment to measure concussion, but researchers in Pittsburgh have developed a simple test that is highly accurate, using items a doctor could carry in his pocket.

Health Beat: Living liver transplant saves 2 lives

Health Beat Living liver transplant saves 2 lives

Every year in America, hundreds of people die while waiting for a liver transplant. You may not have known this, but the liver is the body's only organ that can regenerate. While it's not commonly done, transplant experts say lives can be saved through living liver transplants.

Health Beat: Stroke signs: Think FAST

health beat stroke symptoms

If you or someone in your family were having a stroke, would you know it? According to the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association, "stroke" recently slipped from the fourth leading cause of death in the United States to fifth. Health experts say it's still crucial to ensure people know the signs, which can often be subtle and misleading.

Health Beat: Can your own stem cells cure you?

Being your own stem cell donor

Using embryonic stem cells in medical research is a controversial topic. Using adult stem cells to cure disease has nothing to do with embryos, and is showing great promise for curing a wide variety of chronic conditions. Now, doctors are using a patient's own stem cells to heal without surgery.

Health Beat: Youth sports: Too much of a good thing?

Every year, 3.5 million children under age 14 are treated for sports injuries. It's a problem that keeps getting worse.

Health Beat: Leaky gut syndrome: A real illness or not?

Leaky gut

It’s called "leaky gut syndrome," and patients say it can wreak havoc on everyday life, but some doctors say there's no such thing.

Health Beat: New hope for breast reconstruction

New hope for breast reconstruction

More and more women are choosing to have a double mastectomy after a diagnosis with breast cancer and nearly half of those who do will need radiation, which can impact their ability to have breast reconstruction. Now, a new option is giving women hope where before, there was none.

Health Beat: EEVA fertility treatment

As many as 1.5 million married couples in the United States have a difficult time starting a family, and many of them turn to fertility experts for help. Now, a new technology is increasing the odds that an implanted embryo will result in a successful pregnancy and delivery.

Health Beat: Kidney patients: Protecting your heart

Many of us may not be aware of this, but research shows a link between kidney disease and cardiovascular problems. In fact, of the 20 million Americans diagnosed with kidney disease, more than half will die from heart disease. Now, researchers are testing a new therapy that would help protect a kidney patient's heart.

Health Beat: ART for conception

About 15 percent of all married couples in the United States have a tough time conceiving. Many turn to assisted reproductive technologies, or ART, including in-vitro fertilization. A study is now shedding new light on the safety of infertility options.

Health Beat: Pitch perfect: Saving athletes' arms

Since 2000, there's been a five-fold increase in the number of serious shoulder and elbow injuries among youth baseball and softball players. Now, octors have a new way to predict whether an injury is likely to happen.

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