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Health Beat: Stopping seizures

Health Beat: Stopping seizures

Epilepsy is a chronic neurological condition that affects more than 2.5 million Americans. Uncontrollable seizures plague these patients' lives. Until now, the only treatments were drugs and major surgery, but new therapies are on the horizon.

Health Beat: Breath test spots diseases

With most diseases, an early diagnosis means a better prognosis, but sometimes it's difficult, painful and expensive to test for illnesses. Now, there's a new way to spot a variety of conditions, and all it takes is a simple breath.

Health Beat: Bariatric surgery for diabetes

For years, we've heard about weight loss surgery and its effect on diabetes. Now, a new study is showing how well the popular surgery is working to stop this serious disease.

Health Beat: Extreme diets

Dieting is an American pastime. About 45 million of us diet each year, and we spend about $33 billion on weight-loss products. There are more ways to diet than ever, and some are pretty extreme.

Health Beat: Extreme skin

Health Beat: Extreme skin

Last year, Americans underwent more than 11 million cosmetic procedures and spent nearly $12 billion on skin rejuvenation. Everyone wants their skin to look younger, healthier and better, but some are taking it to an extreme.

Health Beat: Extreme workouts

Exercise gym ab muscles

Workout routines have taken a tortuous turn. Running through mud and fighting in cages are just some of the latest extreme workouts, but one wrong move and you could be in trouble.

Health Beat: Down syndrome: The key to Alzheimer's disease?

Alzheimer's - Down syndrome

More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease. More than 400,000 of them also have Down syndrome. What does a condition seen at birth have in common with a disease typically diagnosed in the elderly? Quite a bit.

Health Beat: A drug to prevent Alzheimer's

Everyone, no matter if you are a man or woman, family history or not, everyone with a brain is at risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Age is the biggest risk factor, and America is aging. Right now, dozens of research sites across the country are testing an experimental drug to see if it might prevent memory loss associated with this terrible disease.

Health Beat: Nasal spray for Alzheimer's disease

Nasal spray for Alzheimer's

Every 70 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease. There is no cure, but there is new hope. The greatest minds in Alzheimer’s research recently gathered in Copenhagen, Denmark, discussing the latest breakthroughs and developments in this disease.

Health Beat: Raw foods: Pros and cons

Health Beat Raw foods Pros and cons

Heat and eat or pop in your mouth, straight from the source? The debate over the health benefits of eating raw foods is heating up.

Health Beat: Help wanted: Adults with autism

Adults with autism

It can be tough for adults with autism to find jobs. In fact, a recent study finds that half of young adults with autism are unable to find work in the eight years after finishing high school, but one innovative program aims to change that.

Health Beat: 3D knee replacement

Health Beat 3D knee replacement

In the past 10 years, the number of total knee replacements in the United States has doubled, and many of those patients are much younger than ever before. Replacement knees typically come off the shelf in several sizes, but they don’t always fit right, causing pain and other complications. Now, new technology allows doctors to make replacement knees that are the perfect fit.

Health Beat: Ankle replacement for arthritis patients

Ankle replacement surgery

More than 50 million Americans suffer from some form of arthritis. Between six percent and 13 percent of them have ankle arthritis.  These patients feel pain with every single step they take, but now ankle replacements are giving patients a new lease on life.

Health Beat: Saving soldiers from suicide

Soldier - therapy dog

We often hear about soldiers killed in combat, but what about those who take their own lives? One survey conducted by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America found 30 percent of service members have considered suicide. It’s a complex problem that's on the rise.

Health Beat: Want to learn faster?

Health Beat Want to learn faster

Want to learn faster? Researchers say all you need to do is put on your thinking cap. Researchers at Vanderbilt University are using electrical stimulation to speed up the brain.

Health Beat: Mysterious sleep disorders

Health Beat Mysterious sleep disorders

At least 40 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders each year. Another 20 million experience occasional sleeping problems. Some disorders can disrupt your sleep and your life.

Health Beat: The whole truth: Grains you need in your diet

Health Beat The whole truth Grains you need in your diet

If you want to slash your chances of developing disease and keep your waistline in check, Elisabetta Politi, Duke nutrition director, said whole grains are your answer.

Health Beat: Dental device for sleep apnea

Health Beat Dental device for sleep apnea

Twenty-two million people in the United States suffer from sleep apnea. The most popular treatment is known as continuous positive airflow pressure, also called CPAP. If the condition is not severe enough, however, CPAP may not be effective. So, some patients are trying a different approach that’s been around for a while for treating the sleep disorder, and it's found in their dental office.

Health Beat: FDA gone to the dogs

Veterinarian - dog

Just like humans, animals can suffer from a variety of diseases. Also, just like humans, they can benefit from clinical research.

Health Beat: Diagnosing breast cancer earlier: Medicine's next big thing?

At some point in a woman's life, she may have an abnormal finding on a mammogram. If cancer can't be ruled out from an ultrasound or MRI, the next step is biopsy. Even though biopsies come up negative 80 percent of the time, it can still be a nerve-racking, painful experience, but what if there was a test that could diagnose cancer before an abnormality even shows up?

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