Health Beat: Heart surgery, transfusions: Blood conservation

Every two seconds in the United States, someone needs blood. One-fifth of the nation's entire blood supply is used during heart surgery. Blood transfusions are not only costly, but they can pose risks for patients. Now, some hospitals in the U.S. are significantly reducing transfusion rates during heart surgery.

Health Beat: Fixing GERD for good

Acid reflux disease, a condition commonly known as "GERD," affects about one-third of Americans. It can cause pain, coughing, heartburn and can even lead to cancer. Now, a simple procedure may fix GERD for good.

Health Beat: Learning to socialize with autism

For most kids, playing on the playground is a great place to have fun and one of the best ways to learn how to interact with other kids. For the one in 68 kids with autism, however, playgrounds can cause stress. Autism can hinder a child's ability to socialize. Now, research is showing how we can change that.

Health Beat: Babies hemorrhage after parents refuse vitamin K shots

Vitamin K is needed by our bodies for blood clotting, and it's one of the first shots offered to newborns. More parents are choosing to skip shots and not vaccinate their children, believing it's unhealthy and unnecessary. Now, the CDC is reporting as surge of cases of life-threatening brain bleeds in babies who weren't vaccinated.

Health Beat: Ice cold heart therapy

Atrial fibrillation affects about 2.7 million Americans. It's a condition that causes heart palpitations, shortness of breath and dizziness. If left untreated, it can be life-threatening. Now, doctors are freezing the problem away.

Health Beat: Lengthening legs: PRECICE is precise

Lengthening legs

Imagine if one of your legs was longer than the other? It might not sound like a serious problem, but it could lead to severe hip or back pain if not treated. Now, there’s a new way to permanently lengthen limbs.

Health Beat: Just like the real thing: A new ear

Prosthetic ear

Borrowing from special effects techniques used in the movies, facial prosthetics are now virtually indistinguishable from the real thing.

Health Beat: Rethink your drink

Hot temperatures and more time spent outdoors are both good reasons to pay attention to proper hydration in the summer. That means it might be time to rethink your drink.

Health Beat: Sugar: Just say no

Think about this. The average American consumes 156 pounds of sugar every year. Experts said that could be the one reason for expanding waistlines. Too much sugar could also cause cardiovascular disease and even depression.

Health Beat: Lung in a box

Each year, around 1,400 lung transplants are performed in the United States. The traditional way to transport lungs for surgery involved putting them in a cooler with ice. Now, there's a better way to preserve these organs.

Health Beat: Pets help cancer patients

More than 13,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many of these kids have to endure painful treatments that trigger stress, anxiety and depression.
Researchers are studying a drug-free and inexpensive way to help the kids feel better.

Health Beat: Lung cancer screening guidelines

Each year, lung cancer kills half of those diagnosed and more people than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined. Unlike those other cancers, there's been no medical agreement on early detection screening for lung cancer.

The findings of a National Cancer Institute trial, however, have resulted in new screening recommendations, and new hope for the seven million Americans who are at high risk for lung cancer.

Health Beat: Sports injuries in young athletes


About 35 million children play organized sports each year. As sports become more competitive, many young athletes train year-round. That means more injuries and more surgeries to fix them.

Health Beat: Gluten-free: Health benefits for non-celiacs

Gluten-free food

These days, whole supermarket aisles are devoted to products that are gluten-free. Easy access to these foods is a blessing for the two million Americans who struggle with celiac disease and can’t tolerate gluten.  The gluten-free movement, however, is gaining followers for other health reasons.

Health Beat: Lengthening toes

It's a condition that affects up to one in every 2000 people, but few have ever heard of it. Brachymetatarsia happens when there is a growth disturbance in a bone in the foot. The result is a short, sometimes disfigured, toe, and now one doctor is solving the problem by lengthening bones.

Health Beat: Prostate frozen lumpectomy

More than 230,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society. In most cases, surgical removal of the gland is considered the gold standard of treatment, but results of a new study suggest a new treatment might benefit some patients.

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.

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