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Health Beat: Dystonia: The gold standard

Dystonia

Dystonia is a mysterious neurological disorder that causes muscles to "freeze up" or work inconsistently. It's the third most common movement and muscular disorder, affecting more than 250,000 children and adults nationwide, and there is no cure. A delicate procedure called deep brain stimulation has been available for about a decade, and experts say this has now become the "gold standard" for relieving symptoms of dystonia in some patients.

Health Beat: High-tech, real-life rehab

High-tech rehab

When patients suffer a brain injury or fall, or they have balance issues, rehabilitation can make all the difference in their recovery. Now, that rehab is going high-tech.

Health Beat: Stroke signs: 3 hour deadline

Stroke warning signs

Strokes kill 130,000 Americans every year, which is one out of every 19 deaths. It is also the leading cause of disability, but would you recognize the signs of a stroke if it was happening to you or to a loved one?

Health Beat: Medical malls for your health?

Medical malls

Instead of buying jeans, having lunch and getting a haircut in one stop, think mammogram, blood pressure check and pharmaceuticals. Like America's shopping malls, so-called "medical malls" provide an array of medical services under one roof.

Health Beat: Protection from Alzheimer's disease?

Alzheimer's clue

A new study may help scientists unlock a medical mystery. Researchers have found that rheumatoid arthritis patients seem to have protection from developing Alzheimer's disease. The scientific link between the two may help researchers develop a new treatment for Alzheimer's.

Health Beat: Brain surgery through the nose

Brain surgery through nose

Removing a brain tumor can be tricky for surgeons and painful for patients. Now, there's a new way to take out these lesions as surgeons are using the nose as a pathway to the brain.

Health Beat: Lipedema

Lipedema

Some women just can’t lose weight, and for the estimated 11 percent of women with a chronic disorder, diet and exercise won't help at all. Now, there is a new procedure doctors are now using that can help restore their appearance.

Health Beat: Grain brain may be killing us

More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer's. A recent study found costs for dementia care in 2010 were as high as $200 billion, roughly twice what's expended for heart disease and almost triple what was spent on treating cancer. Now, one doctor says we can prevent Alzheimer's altogether by changing our diets.

Health Beat: Congestive heart failure under 60

Congestive heart failure is the most common diagnosis in hospital patients 65 and older, but it may come as a surprise to learn that more than one million of the five million Americans suffering from congestive heart failure are under the age of 60, and some even have symptoms decades earlier. Early diagnosis can make all the difference.

Health Beat: Transcatheter aortic valve replacement

Open-heart surgery is the gold standard for patients with severe aortic stenosis, but a recently published report in the New England Journal of Medicine confirms what researchers had earlier suspected. A new minimally invasive technique to repair heart valves is saving the lives of patients who are too sick for traditional surgery.

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.

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