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Health Beat: Sleep stealers in children

A national sleep foundation poll showed more than two out of every three kids ages 10 and under has experienced some type of sleep problem.

Health Beat: Interactive art rehab

Rehabilitation therapy can make all the difference for someone recovering from a serious injury, but it can be repetitive and boring. Now, there's a new way to motivate patients and their moves become works of art.

Health Beat: DVT: Fixing clots, saving lives

Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is a blood clot that forms in a deep vein of the leg. If the clot travels to the lungs, it can be deadly. In fact, sudden death is the first symptom for about 25 percent of people with the condition. Luckily, a new way to fix clots is saving lives.

Health Beat: Reversing nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

Eighty million Americans are affected by nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. About half of them will develop a disease known as NASH, which can lead to cirrhosis and death without a transplant. There's currently no cure, but a new medical treatment could help reverse it.

Health Beat: Scanning the brain: Unraveling autism?

A new generation of imaging scanners may help unravel some mysteries of the autistic brain. Scientists at Washington University in St. Louis are using a high-tech imaging system to map brain activity, without risky side effects.

Health Beat: Sudden death: Heart failure at 30

Imagine thinking you had a case of bronchitis, and then fighting for your life. Acute viral myocarditis is a condition you've probably never heard of, but it can strike otherwise young and healthy people at any time, and is responsible for five to 20 percent of all cases of sudden death.

Health Beat: Saving a DJ's heart and voice

It's a ticking time bomb inside the body that can burst at any second. An aortic aneurysm happens when the main artery in the heart balloons. Now, there are newer and safer ways to repair aneurysms before they burst.

Health Beat: ECMO: Saving hearts

Only one out of every 10 people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital will survive. One man we talked to beat incredible odds when his heart stopped beating.

Health Beat: Scleroderma in kids: A mystery disease

Scleroderma affects about 300,000 Americans. There's no cure, and doctors know very little about the mysterious disease. Now, a new center is making it a mission to find out more.

Health Beat: Lose weight, save your heart

Health experts now recognize obesity as a major, independent risk factor for heart disease, so it only makes sense that if you are overweight, one of the best ways to improve your odds of avoiding cardiovascular problems is to take off weight, but experts say you don't have to shed dozens of pounds to improve your well-being. Even a few pounds can make a difference.

Health Beat: Helping adults with autism thrive

Health Beat Helping adults with autism thrive

The most recent statistics show one in every 68 babies has autism. The United States spends $11.5 billion a year on education and treatment for kids with the disorder, but what happens when those kids grow into adults? We take a look into one program that's focusing on adults with autism.

Health Beat: Broccoli for autism?

Health Beat Broccoli for autism

Autism spectrum disorder affects one in 68 children in the United States. Currently, there's no cure, but there is a promising new treatment being studied, and it comes from something mom told us to eat as kids.

Health Beat: Treating autism in babies

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The latest numbers show one in 68 kids in the United States has some type of autism spectrum disorder. Most kids with autism are diagnosed and treated around age three, but what if you could spot the signs and treat kids when they were just babies? Parents may be the key to success.

Health Beat: Optogenetics: Medicine's next big thing?

Optogenetics

Your brain is made up of about 100 billion neurons. These special cells transmit important information throughout the body. Now, scientists are looking at ways to control how neurons work; they are lighting up brains.

Health Beat: Closing in on a cure for Crohn's: MAP

Cure for Chohn's

More than 750,000 Americans suffer from Crohn's disease, a painful, chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract that causes abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Prescription medications may give some patients relief, but so far, there is no cure. Researchers now say they have identified the bacteria that causes inflammation in some patients, helping them close in on a cure.

Health Beat: The comeback kid

Imagine being a martial arts competitor without a fully-functioning arm? One teenager did that his whole life. A simple surgery gave him back his arm, and his strength.

Health Beat: Blood pressure medication for Parkinson's

Parkinson's disease affects about six million people worldwide. There is no cure, but researchers are learning more and more about the disease every day. Now, an old drug may offer patients new hope.

Health Beat: Smart app for psychosis: Ginger IO

About two-percent of Americans have some type of psychotic illness. These disorders cost the United States about $23 billion a year. The majority of patients who are treated will experience a relapse, but now, a new app may help doctors identify patients before they hit rock bottom.

Health Beat: HPV: The teen vaccine no one gets?

The human papillomavirus, or HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States and can cause several types of cancers in men and women. While the HPV vaccine has been available for several years, a new study shows not everyone wants to give it a chance.

Health Beat: Bionic woman: LVAD helps heart

Left ventricular assist devices, or LVADs, have been around in some form since the 1960s. The devices were once used as a bridge to keep patients alive until a heart was available for transplantation, but now, the newest versions are better than ever, and they may even be able to help heal hearts.

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