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Health Beat: Help for lymphedema

It's a condition that causes swelling, pain and even disfigurement. Lymphedema affects about 40 percent of breast cancer patients who have lymph node surgery and radiation. There's no cure for the condition, but a new procedure is offering patients hope.

Health Beat: Concussions: The female factor

As many as 3.8 million concussions are reported every year. Most people think of male athletes when they think of concussions, but new research is showing young women may be more likely to suffer this injury.

Health Beat: Gene therapy: From bench to bedside: HIV

For the first-time ever, doctors at the University of Pennsylvania have successfully used personalized gene therapy in a dozen patients with HIV, knocking the virus down to the point where it was almost completely undetectable. Researchers said it's a huge win in the fight against aids and HIV, and brings them closer than ever to a cure.

Health Beat: Gene therapy: From bench to bedside: Blindness

It's a form of blindness that some call "especially cruel." People with choroideremia are born with perfect vision and then begin to lose their sight, sometimes as kids or teens. Researchers in the United States are now building on the success of a clinical trial overseas and are about to test a therapy designed to halt the progression of the disease and maybe even reverse some of the damage.

Health Beat: Gene therapy: From bench to bedside: Hemophilia

Twenty-thousand Americans are living with hemophilia, a condition that prevents the blood from clotting easily after a cut or injury. Patients are also more susceptible to internal bleeding, which can damage joints, organs and tissue. Researchers are now testing gene therapies for both types of hemophilia – type A and type B. Both therapies are designed to help blood clot better.

Health Beat: Chronic inflammation and prostate cancer

One man in seven will develop prostate cancer in his lifetime. It's the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men, behind lung cancer. New research shows some men may have twice the risk of developing prostate cancer if they've shown signs of chronic inflammation in their prostate. It's knowledge that eventually could be used in early detection.

Health Beat: Stem cells to repair broken chromosomes

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In 1990, the human genome project started. It was a massive scientific undertaking that aimed to identify and map out the body's complete set of DNA. This research has paved the way for new genetic discoveries; one of those has allowed scientists to study how to fix bad chromosomes.

Health Beat: Cyberknife saving vision without cutting

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Ocular melanoma affects more than five million people a year. It's rare, but it can be deadly, and doctors are hoping to change that.

Health Beat: Eye telescope for macular degeneration

Macular degeneration affects more than 18 million people in the United States. There aren't many options for patients with the vision problem, but hope may now be on the horizon.

Health Beat: Sickle cell: Stopping kids' silent strokes

About 100,000 Americans have sickle cell disease – a genetic condition where the body's red blood cells are deformed, clogging up arteries, and causing pain, disability or major stroke, even in kids. Patients who suffer strokes often have regular blood transfusions to prevent a repeat attack. Researchers now say those transfusions can be crucial for many more young sickle cell patients, even those who are showing no outward signs of brain injury.

Health Beat: New hope for PBC liver disease

Primary biliary cirrhosis, or PBC, is a slow-acting liver disease that can lead to scarring and the need for a liver transplant. PBC affects 10 times as many women than men and is not related to drinking alcohol. While there is no cure, a promising new treatment could slow its progress.

Health Beat: Robotic hair restoration

By age 35, two-thirds of American men will have some degree of hair loss. By the age of 50, 85 percent are a lot thinner on top.

Health Beat: Insertable cardiac monitor

More than two million people in the U.S. have atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm that can lead to stroke or heart failure. Now, a new device, about one-third the size of a triple-A battery, allows doctors to monitor their patients for A-fib on a continuous basis.

Health Beat: Death café

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Halloween might be over, but there's a new trend that's here to stay: death cafés. The term sounds morbid, but it's actually supposed to help people deal with death, ask questions about it and talk openly and honestly about it.

Health Beat: Secrets of celebrities: Cupping therapy

It's been around for thousands of years, but you've probably never heard of ancient Chinese pain and beauty treatment. It's called cupping.

Health Beat: 7 wacky sleep facts

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Sleep is vital to our survival, but it's also something many of us don't get enough of.

Health Beat: Stopping school violence

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A recent study showed about 33 percent of high school students reported being involved in a physical fight in the last year. Nearly seven percent of teachers reported being threatened or physically injured by a student. How can we make schools safer for everyone?

Health Beat: Attacking superbugs

More than 70,000 Americans will die each year from an infection they caught in the hospital. Superbugs have invaded hospitals and proved difficult to treat. Now, two breakthroughs are showing promise.

Health Beat: Clot-busting drugs

As many as 100,000 Americans die every year from pulmonary embolism – a blood clot to the lung. Traditionally, doctors treat pulmonary embolism with blood thinning medications, which slowly relieve the symptoms-like shortness of breath, but new research shows that, for some patients, a different approach can have life-saving results.

Health Beat: Preventing testicular cancer

Testicular cancer statistics

We all know about prostate cancer and how men of a certain age should be tested, but there's another type of reproductive cancer affecting younger men: testicular cancer.

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