Health Beat: Paper test for Ebola

The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa began in December 2013. Since then, health experts have been working on ways of getting it under control. The results from traditional diagnostic tests can take days to receive, especially in remote areas. Now, a new paper test could mean diagnosing the disease in less than an hour without the need for electricity, trained technicians or special equipment.

Health Beat: Flex stent: Hope for peripheral arterial disease?

About 27 million people in North America and Europe alone suffer from peripheral arterial disease, or PAD. The disease limits blood flow to leg muscles, which can make it difficult to walk. Now, doctors are testing out a new way to treat the condition, and many patients are already benefiting.

Health Beat: Carbon back rods for scoliosis

Scoliosis affects six million Americans, and there is no cure. For more serious cases, patients may require surgery to fuse the spine. The surgical materials doctors use are generally not a problem for patients, but a new solution for an unexpected complication helped save one boy's life.

Health Beat: Statins: A 2nd opinion

Recent guidelines for lowering cholesterol could result in nearly 13 million more healthy adults being put on statin drugs in the United States, but one cardiologist says cholesterol-lowering statins can be dangerous and there are more natural ways to achieve the same healthy goals.

Health Beat: Prostate cancer: What's your risk?

You've probably seen the cartoon-like happy faces in text messages or emails. They're called "emojis." Now, those cute little faces are playing an important role in showing men their risk of having prostate cancer.

Health Beat: Antidepressants to treat Alzheimer's?

Every 67 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's disease. Scientists aren't sure what causes it, but there's growing evidence that cognitive problems are linked to the development of brain plaques, abnormal buildups of protein. Now, new research indicates that a commonly used antidepressant may reduce production of Alzheimer's brain plaques.

Health Beat: Joint replacement for the spine

One-point-two million Americans suffer from lumbar spinal stenosis. It's a condition that can cause debilitating pain. Spinal fusion surgery can help, but it sometimes leaves patients with limited mobility. Now, there's a new treatment on the horizon. It's a joint replacement for the spine.

Health Beat: Brain path for tricky tumors

Neurosurgeons have long considered tumors in deep areas of the brain inoperable, giving patients very few treatment options, and often, little hope. A new tool is allowing doctors better access to those hard to reach sections of the brain, using a minimally-invasive approach to remove lesions.

Health Beat: Gene therapy: Hope for the blind?

In medicine, doctors often talk about treatments, but rarely about cures. Now, gene therapy is offering the potential to actually cure certain diseases and an experimental breakthrough could one day help blind patients see.

Health Beat: Osteoporosis: Steroid danger

Ten million Americans have osteoporosis, and 18 million more are at risk. The bone disease leads to an increase in fractures in the hip, spine and wrist, accounting for 1.5 million painful fractures each year, and one woman's harrowing story of recovery is inspiring.

Health Beat: Stopping NEC in the NICU

One in nine American babies is born prematurely, and the tiniest of those babies often spend weeks, or months, in specialized neo-natal intensive care units, or NICUs. One of the biggest threats to these preemies is an infection that "eats away" their intestines. Researchers are studying the balance of bacteria in these babies' guts to see if they can stop the deadly infection before it does any damage.

Health Beat: Robotic spine surgery

About six million people in the United States have scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine. When left untreated, it can get worse and cause chronic back pain. Now, with the help of a robot, surgeons can tackle more complex cases with less risk and better results.

Health Beat: MRI movie goggles for kids

Ask anyone what it's like to undergo an MRI and people will tell you it can be tough staying still while you're in a tightly confined space in a loud machine. If you move, you'll have to start all over again. For kids, that task can be nearly impossible without sedation. Now, new technology is providing a safe distraction.

Health Beat: Stroke care on the go: tPA

Stroke is the third-leading cause of death in the United States, claiming the lives of more than 140,000 Americans each year, but many lives could be spared if treatment were given sooner. Now, a new program is aiming to speed up treatment time and save lives. It's stroke care on the go.

Health Beat: Ebola: What you need to know

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There's been just a handful of Ebola cases in the United States, but they've led to near hysteria in some places.

Health Beat: Bounce back from stomach bug with probiotics?

We've heard a lot about probiotics over the past few years. These are the good bacteria believed to aid in digestive health. They're found in yogurt and cheese or can be taken as dietary supplements. Now, doctors are trying to determine if probiotics can help young patients recover after a bad stomach bug.

Health Beat: Gastric pacemaker to the rescue

Gastric pacemaker

Imagine if every time you tried to eat something, you got sick. That's what can happen to those with gastroparesis. Most often, it occurs in people with diabetes who have nerve damage, making them unable to digest their food properly. In the past, little could be done for severe cases, but now a new pacemaker for the stomach is changing that.

Health Beat: Hidden dangers of sleep apnea in women

Dangers of sleep apnea

More than 42 million Americans have sleep apnea, a condition where breathing is interrupted during sleep. While many associate the disorder with men, studies show one woman has it for every two to three men, but because of more subtle symptoms in women, like headaches and fatigue, women are much less likely to be diagnosed, which could lead to dangerous consequences.

Health Beat: Help for sinusitis: Vent-Os

Health Beat Help for sinusitis Vent-Os

Thirty-one million Americans suffer from sinusitis, a condition that causes headaches, congestion, sore throat and fatigue. Until now, patients had only two treatment options: harsh medications or major surgery. Now, there's a new, tiny but powerful solution.

Health Beat: Stem cells: A weapon for Huntington's?

Stem cells

Huntington's is a deadly, inherited disease that affects about 30,000 Americans. Some 150,000 more are at risk. Until now, there has been no hope for these patients, who typically die of the disease within 15 years of diagnosis, but for the first time, scientists are studying a therapy that could slow down this killer, and stem cells are the weapon.

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