Health Beat: 3D-printed trachea: Medicine's next big thing?

Car accidents, neck injury, smoking and cancer can all cause irreparable harm to the trachea, the flexible tube that keeps us breathing normally. Researchers are developing new windpipes to help those who have serious or life-threatening damage, and 3D-printed tracheas could be medicine's next big thing.

Health Beat: Tart cherry juice pain relief

If that last run left your knees a little cranky or your feet seeking relief, it doesn't have to come from a pill bottle. Researchers have found dramatic and surprising pain relief from a key ingredient in one of your grandmother's favorite pies.

Health Beat: Youth sports: Playing by the rules

It happens more than 2.5 million times a year. That's how often children are rushed to emergency rooms with sports injuries. Yes, youth football is getting more attention, but are all sports getting safer? It depends on who is talking.

Health Beat: HPV causes cancer

Head and neck cancers used to mainly strike men 70 years and older, but now, doctors are diagnosing them in much younger men, five times as many in just the last 10 years alone.

Health Beat: Food order sheds pounds

If you are trying to control your blood sugar and ultimately shed pounds, new research shows you should pass the bread basket at the end of the meal, not before.

Health Beat: Handheld ultrasound for joints, cysts

Health Beat Handheld ultrasound for joints cysts

Ultrasound is not just for babies anymore. For years, this imaging method that relies on sound waves has been associated with obstetrics, but now, specially-designed tools are allowing doctors to find and treat muscle and joint injuries that in the past might have been overlooked.

Health Beat: Sjogren's disease causes dry mouth

Health Beat Sjogren s disease causes dry mouth

We have four major salivary glands and hundreds more in our mouth, not that we really notice, except when those glands are damaged. That's when the pain and dryness can be excruciating. Researchers using a new method of growing cells may have found the answer for relief.

Health Beat: Plastic cages for adult scoliosis

Scoliosis — an abnormal curvature of the spine — doesn't just affect children. Some doctors think the number of cases among adults could rise in the next 20 years as people live longer. In most cases, surgery is the last option for patients, but now, doctors are trying a new approach that could mean a better outcome.

Health Beat: MSA: Looking for answers

More than one million Americans struggle with Parkinson's disease, a progressive disease of the nervous system that eventually limits mobility and speech. It's estimated that tens of thousands have a Parkinson's-like condition called MSA, or multiple system atrophy. It ravages the body quickly. There is no cure, and so far-few treatment options are available. Researchers are hoping to change that.

Health Beat: Punching out Parkinson's

Health Beat Punching out Parkinson s

It happens 60,000 times a year. That’s how often doctors tell people they have Parkinson's disease. After that, the "fight" against the disease begins, but there's a program where Parkinson's patients are actually throwing punches.

Health Beat: Deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's

Parkinson's disease is a chronic disease of the central nervous system, causing people to have shaking, muscle stiffness and difficulty moving and speaking. When medication can't control muscle rigidity and tremors, patients may be candidates for deep brain stimulation (DBS), where an implanted device delivers impulses to the brain. It can provide fast and dramatic results.

Health Beat: Parenting a superhero

We're all proud of our children, but Dawn Zucca has extra special reasons for her pride and joy. Her son, Peter, besides dealing with being a sixth grader, has lost a leg and much of his hearing to cancer, but all that isn't enough to get him down.

Health Beat: Pain in the neck, striking a nerve

Neck pain is the number three cause of chronic pain in this country, and it affects more than one out of four people. You may think it's just part of aging, but in many cases, that's not true.

Health Beat: 3D mammograms with C-View

3D mammogram

In spite of recent debate over breast cancer screening, an annual mammogram after the age of 40 is still recommended for preventive cancer care. Now, there is new technology designed to lower the yearly radiation dose, and, in turn, a woman's risk.

Health Beat: WiSE ways to treat heart failure

WiSE ways to treat heart failure

Shortness of breath, fatigue, even the inability to get up and move across the room happen when one's heart is not working properly. Five million people suffer from heart failure in the United States. Half of those people will die within five years of diagnosis. Now, there's a new technology that may keep hearts beating longer and stronger.

Health Beat: Glimmer of hope for IPF


For decades, doctors had little hope for patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, or IPF, a disease that scars the lungs and makes it hard to breathe. Now, for the first time, doctors say new drugs can buy patients some time.

Health Beat: Surprises come in threes

One in 10,000. That's how rare it is for a certain type of twins, mono-amniotic ones to be born. They are identical babies sharing the same embryonic sac. Now, add a third fetus and the risks to mom and the babies increase tremendously.

Health Beat: To statin or not to statin?

Heart disease is the top killer of Americans, and experts say there is no doubt that high cholesterol plays a big part. Cholesterol-lowering drugs or statins are "game-changers" for many patients, but for millions of Americans and their doctors, it may be tough to decide whether to statin, or not.

Health Beat: Sacral nerve simulator stops incontinence

Incontinence is an uncomfortable and embarrassing problem for many people, especially as they age. It used to be treated with surgery but that wasn't always successful. A new outpatient procedure has changed that. It's also changing lives.

Health Beat: Retrievable stents for strokes

When someone suffers a stroke, time is critical. For every few minutes that blood and oxygen are blocked, portions of the brain suffer irreversible damage. Now, a technique designed to remove clots from large vessels in the brain may be highly effective in reducing stroke's life-altering side effects.

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