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Health Beat: Platelet-rich plasma: Helping patients heal themselves

Health Beat Platelet-rich plasma

It's a new way to treat an age-old chronic condition. Doctors are now using patients' own bodies to heal them. You may have heard about the use of platelet-rich plasma by famous athletes, like Tiger Woods and Dwight Howard, to relieve pain in large tendons around the knee and shoulder, but now, doctors are also using the PRP procedure in much smaller areas to stop and reverse arthritis.

Health Beat: Holding your heart in your hand

Five million Americans have heart failure, which can lead to heart attacks. It is also the cause of death for one out of nine people. Now, a one-of-a-kind program is motivating people to engage in heart-healthy activities and helping them cherish a second chance at life.

Health Beat: Fixing chest deformities

A condition that you've probably never heard of can wreck a child's health and self-esteem. Pectus, or chest wall deformities, are fairly common. As many as one in 500 kids is born with pectus, which either causes the chest wall to appear sunken in or to protrude. When corrective braces don't work, there is a surgical solution.

Health Beat: Stroke of luck

If you're going to have one, there's probably no better place to have a stroke than in a hospital. Mike McEvoy found that out first hand, even though he was there to help his brother.

Health Beat: Hip resurfacing: A better option for some

One of the biggest demands in medicine today is a hip replacement, but a different kind of hip procedure, called Birmingham hip resurfacing, may be a good option for active men with arthritis.

Health Beat: Congenital heart disease: Today's warriors survive

Health Beat Congenital heart disease

About one in every 100 babies born today comes into the world with a heart defect. Just a generation ago, many of these babies would never make it to adulthood, but today, more than 85 percent do, and currently there are more than 1.2 million American adults who are living and thriving with congenital heart disease, leading to a whole new medical specialty.

Health Beat: Endoscopic ear surgery

Hearing loss, speech or language delay, ruptured ear drums, or even meningitis can occur when ear infections become chronic. Corrective ear surgery can be painful, but a new technique allows surgeons to see more and cut less.

Health Beat: Avoiding amputation with PET scans

After decades of excruciating pain and nearly 20 surgeries, Emily Sunderland didn't argue when a surgeon told her amputation was all that was left, but another surgeon said "wait just a minute."

Health Beat: Fighting C. diff with C. diff

Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, is one of the most common hospital-acquired infections and one of the fastest growing superbugs, making it hard to fight with traditional antibiotics. Even when it's treated, one in five patients ends up getting it again, but doctors at Loyola University School of Medicine have discovered a way to stop it from coming back, and they're using C. diff to fight C. diff.

Health Beat: Preserving fertility in children

For families of children with cancer, the focus is always on getting better no matter what, but sometimes the chemotherapy that saves their lives can kill their chances of ever being able to have kids of their own. Now, an experimental procedure is giving them hope. It has already worked on a patient in Europe and now U.S. doctors are working to preserve fertility in cancer patients as young as five months old.

Health Beat: eSight for blindness

What was once just a blur is now clear for the first time. It's called eSight. It won't work for people who are completely blind, but for those who have low vision, it can provide a life-changing experience.

Health Beat: Allergy drops bring relief

Health Beat Allergy drops bring relief

Millions of Americans suffer throughout spring and summer when allergies are in full bloom, and for many people, that means loading up on over-the-counter allergy drugs, but new ways to make an established therapy may spell long-lasting relief.

Health Beat: Junior's heart saves 2 lives

Mark Girard Jr.'s heart is truly the gift that keeps on giving. He was attacked and killed while sticking up for a friend in 2014. His heart was transplanted into a man who died a month later. What surgeons did then has only been done nine other times in the world.

Health Beat: Virtual reality testing for brain fitness

About 17 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury every year. It can be caused by a bump, blow or jolt, but the brain can also suffer when it's not being used effectively, and now doctors are using technology that’s behind 3D movies and video games to find out what is going on inside the body's command center.

Health Beat: Cancer-detecting microscope

What if doctors could diagnose suspected cancer cells without having to take a biopsy from a patient? A new project being funded by the National Institutes of Health is making that possible.

Health Beat: Thoracic outlet syndrome

Imagine being injured by your own bones or muscles. That's what happens to patients with thoracic outlet syndrome, a condition that goes misdiagnosed in many. If proper treatment is given right away, patients could be cured for good.

Health Beat: FMD: Mysterious disease in women

Fibromuscular dysplasia, or FMD, is up to 10 times more common in women than in men, but it's often overlooked because patients and their doctors have a hard time identifying the symptoms. Here's what you need to know about this rare and mysterious disease.

Health Beat: Atrantil for IBS

The exact cause of irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is not known, although it affects nearly 45 million Americans, mostly women. New research shows the cause may not be stress or spicy foods, but an accumulation of bacteria in the small intestine.

Health Beat: Map the heart: Stop AFib

Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, is one of the most common heart rhythm disorders, but treatment only works about half the time. Now, that may be about to change, thanks to a new way to diagnose the condition.

Health Beat: Deep breath hold protects the heart

Breathing deeply isn't just for yoga class. A specialized method of deep breathing is keeping some breast cancer patients from getting unintended doses of radiation to the heart.

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