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

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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?

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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.

Health Beat: Apostherapy: Shoes for pain

A recent report shows more than 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer from chronic pain. Many of them will have to undergo invasive surgeries or take powerful drugs to ease the ache. Now, there's a therapy new to the U.S. for people with back, hip or knee pain, and it all starts with a pair of shoes.

Health Beat: Smart house for seniors

While most Americans aren't comfortable talking about aging, others are actively planning how to live independently. An experimental smart house of the future shows us what the future of elderly independence looks like.

Health Beat: New treatment for advanced melanoma

Each year, melanoma kills more people than any other skin cancer, but recently, the FDA approved a drug that is showing remarkable results in treatment of the deadly disease. It's a cancer breakthrough that's changing what was once a grim prognosis.

Health Beat: Nicotine stops seizures

A five-year old girl with a rare form of epilepsy is now living virtually seizure-free thanks to an unusual treatment. After exhausting all other options, doctors at the Florida Hospital discovered a tiny dose of nicotine administered through a commercially available nicotine patch was just enough to do the trick.

Health Beat: Cancer gene: Medicine's next big thing?

This year alone, 16,000 children under the age of 19 will be diagnosed with cancer. Although cancer in children is rare and not well understood, it is the leading cause of disease-related death among children and teenagers, but the outlook is improving thanks to cutting edge research at the genetic level. That research could be medicine’s next big thing.

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