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Health Beat: Depression screening can make a difference

Depression affects about 16 million Americans and contributes to more than 41,000 suicides each year. It also costs nearly $210 billion a year in treatment and lost productivity. Now, a federal task force recommends that everybody get screened for depression.

Health Beat: Safe conversations

It's still not great; four out of 10 American couples still wind up getting divorced, but that percentage is starting to drop. Harville Hendrix frequently took relationship advice to The Oprah Winfrey Show years ago, and today, he and his wife are taking relationship education to couples around the world.

Health Beat: Early diagnosis for autism

April is national Autism Awareness Month, and there's good news in the fight to cope with it. An encouraging new study shows that children are being identified younger than ever before, and, as a result, critical therapy begins very early.

Health Beat: Zika virus warnings

Zika mosquitoes

Could a trip out of the country compromise the health of your baby? A young mom takes the pros and cons of traveling in the days of the Zika virus into consideration.

Health Beat: Rooster injections: Something to crow about?

Knee and joint pain affects 100 million Americans. Now, patients can choose from many different treatment options. Here are details on how fluid from a rooster can get the joints moving again.

Health Beat: Relief for pelvic pain

As many as one in four women in the United States suffers from chronic pelvic pain. A lot of times, medication, steroid injections or physical therapy will help, but for women whose pelvic pain comes from the pudendal nerve, the pain goes much deeper. Now, an Atlanta doctor is trying a procedure that may be the non-invasive cure millions of women are looking for.

Health Beat: Girls and concussions

If you take football out of the picture, girls suffer more concussions among high school and college athletes than boys, but the head injury doesn't discriminate. One concussion is unlikely to do permanent damage, but multiple concussions can be devastating.

Health Beat: CPR minus mouth-to-mouth

Health Beat CPR minus mouth-to-mouth

The statistic is stark: If you have a cardiac arrest and you're not at a hospital, nine out of 10 people will die, but CPR can more than double those survival chances, and anyone can do CPR now.

Health Beat: Treating liver cancer with tiny beads

Treating cancer that began in the liver or has spread to the liver can often involve months of chemotherapy and painful radiation treatments, but there's now a new procedure that takes tiny beads that carry a high dose of radiation and sends them straight to the cancer.

Health Beat: Diagnosing diabetes with a tape measure?

You've no doubt heard about the dangers of belly fat in adults. Extra weight around the waist has been linked to an increase in heart disease, diabetes and stroke, but until now, there have been few studies to determine if the same weight distribution could point to similar health problems in kids.

Health Beat: Spit saving lives

It has taken years of research, breakthroughs and improvements to therapy, and as a result, about 80 percent of kids with cancer will survive the disease. Doctors say there is still so much to learn and so many lives to save. Now, some are turning to saliva for answers.

Health Beat: Kids and high cholesterol

Thousands of people, including children, have high cholesterol, but they don't have a clue they do until it may be too late.

Health Beat: Aging gracefully

Age may just be a number, but when the numbers start adding up, so do the stereotypes. One geriatrician is on a mission to dispel the negative mindset that getting older means getting worse.

Health Beat: New test for brain tumors

Every year in the United States, as many as 15,000 people are diagnosed with glioblastoma, the most aggressive kind of brain cancer. Many patients don't survive more than a year after diagnosis. A new test can help doctors pinpoint what is driving the tumor and better target their treatment early on.

Health Beat: Melanoma and pregnancy: A deadly combo

Every 57 minutes, someone dies of melanoma. It's the deadliest skin cancer and it's on the rise. Now, researchers are linking melanoma and pregnancy.

Health Beat: Reversing dementia: NPH

Normal pressure hydrocephalus, or NPH, is a condition that many of us have never heard of, but it can cause a person to lose the ability to walk and talk normally, and because the symptoms are similar to dementia or Parkinson's, it's a condition that can be easily overlooked, but unlike dementia, if doctors diagnose NPH, they can often reverse it.

Health Beat: Plasma therapy: No new knees needed

Most of us don't think about our tendons and ligaments until we tear or damage them. Surgery used to be a common fix, but a non-surgical solution is gaining support among professional athletes and weekend warriors. Here's how your own blood can help heal you.

Health Beat: HIFU for prostate cancer

Health Beat new prostate cancer treatment

A treatment that can remove prostate cancer while still preserving a man's quality of life. It's now available in the United States for the first time ever. It's called high-intensity focused ultrasound, or HIFU. There's no hospital stay, no knife, almost no down time and few side-effects.

Health Beat: Ceramic dental implants

Health Beat dental impants

Dental implants, where a post is put into the jawbone to hold a crown, are improving with new technology. Newly approved implants not only look better, but work better.

Health Beat: Herpes virus fights cancer?

About 74,000 Americans were diagnosed with melanoma, a type of skin cancer, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Nearly 10,000 of them died of it last year. Researchers now have a new weapon in their arsenal, one that comes from a genetically-altered herpes virus. Here's more about the first cancer-killing viral therapy ever approved in the U.S.

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