Health Beat: Never too old for back surgery

As we age, chronic back trouble may become a painful part of daily life. Almost 25 percent of all doctors visits for low back pain are patients over the age of 65. At one time, surgery was considered too risky to be an option for a lot of seniors, but minimally invasive procedures may put more older patients back in play.

Health Beat: Saving knees with allograft

Health Beat Saving knees with allograft

More than one-third of all Americans report being affected by knee pain. Knee replacement surgery can offer relief, but the implants only last between 12 and 15 years. Patients under the age of 40 aren't usually considered good candidates for the procedure because they would need too many revision operations. Now, there's a simple surgery that's saving knees in younger patients.

Health Beat: Resolution revolution

Cutting-edge technology is giving medical researchers a new window on cellular structure and function that could lead to new treatments for cancer and other diseases. Researchers say the more you can see, the more you can fix.

Health Beat: Tracking tech for the heart

This is not your father's heart-rate monitor. Wearable, stretchable electronics can now monitor several body functions and instantaneously send the information to a doctor. Here are more details on how the implications could be huge for patients in sickness and in health.

Health Beat: Mind-controlled hand

Health Beat Mind-controlled hand

Researchers are testing ways to restore natural hand movements to people with a devastating brain injury or amputation. They're finding ways to restore the broken link from the brain to an artificial limb. They say for the very first time ever, they have found a way to have prosthetic fingers move independently, a monumental step for injured patients.

Health Beat: Hearing vest

Using the sense of touch to replace the sense of hearing sounds like science fiction, but it's very much a reality and it could be a game-changer for the profoundly deaf.

Health Beat: Botox and dystonia

Long before it wiped out worry lines and age wrinkles, Botox was originally created to stop muscle spasms in the eye. Besides its fountain-of-youth qualities, it's being used to relieve exhausting and sometimes debilitating effects of a neurological disorder called dystonia. There is a doctor in Las Vegas making the procedure even more precise.

Health Beat: Skate safe

Health Beat Skate safe

Skateboard accidents send 50,000 Americans to emergency rooms every year. More kids and adults keep pushing their limits on their boards, which equates to more crashes.

Health Beat: How to avoid skin cancer

In 2013, there were more than one million people living with melanoma of the skin in the United States. The diagnosis drastically changed one woman's life. Find out what she says caused her cancer, and the four things dermatologists say you need to know to prevent it.

Health Beat: Things to know to save a life

Health Beat Things to know to save a life

It can happen anywhere at any time. Someone collapses and stops breathing. Cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States, yet less than half of the people who have an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest get the immediate help they need. More than 90 percent of individuals die before reaching the hospital. There are three things that most people don’t know about CPR that could save 200,000 lives a year.

Health Beat: Customize new knees

Each year, more than 700,000 Americans have knee replacement surgery to eliminate chronic pain from worn out joints, and doctors say that number will skyrocket over the next decade. Now, a new two-pronged approach is helping patients get back on their feet faster than ever before.

Health Beat: Fixing lazy eye: It's not too late for adults

Doctors call it strabismus, but most of us know it as lazy eye or wandering eye. Special glasses, eye patches and exercises are used to train the eyes to stay straight, but very few patients realize there’s a surgery that can permanently fix misaligned eyes in adults.

Health Beat: DigniCap: Cooling cap for chemo

Breast cancer treatment can be uncomfortable, but a newly approved product may allow some patients to avoid one unpleasant side-effect to chemotherapy treatment.

Health Beat: Pencil beam protons zap cancer

Radiation treatment for cancer has become as precise as the tip of a pencil. With pencil beam proton therapy, doctors can pinpoint tumors more accurately than ever before, while greatly reducing the number of treatments and the risk of damaging healthy cells.

Health Beat: Colon cancer: Is it in your genes?

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Colon cancer kills 50,000 Americans each year. It's preventable, but many Americans fear colonoscopies. What if all it took was a simple blood test to determine the potential for colon and other cancers? How many lives could be saved? Doctors are closing in on answers.

Health Beat: Using video to kill lung cancer

At one time, treatment for lung cancer meant major surgery. Doctors would have to crack a patient's ribs and remove a portion, or whole lobe of a lung. Now, a minimally invasive procedure is leaving more lung in place, making recovery a whole lot easier.

Health Beat: Vaccine for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

Lymphomas are the fifth most common cancer in the United States. Certain forms of the disease, called low-grade non-Hodgkin's lymphomas, are incurable. Now, researchers are testing a vaccine that helps the body's immune system fight the cancer cells and is even putting some patients into remission.

Health Beat: The birth guy

Health Beat The birth guy

When you hear "birthing expert" or "doula," you picture a woman, but what would you think if "she" was a "he?"

Health Beat: Too young for a stroke?

If you think you're too young to have a stroke, think again. In the United States, 25 percent of all stroke patients are under 65, and there has been a steep increase in strokes among people in their 30s and 40s. Doctors say these younger patients may be ignoring the stroke risk factors until it's too late.

Health Beat: Anorexia: It's not who you think

Anorexia is an eating disorder that can ruin lives and even kill. It usually affects women, but male anorexia is real and more prevalent than you might think. Up to seven million boys and men will suffer from eating disorders in their lifetimes. Most males don't seek help because of the stigma, or because they don't even know what it is.

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