Health Beat: Dog-walking injuries on the rise

More than 86,000 fall injuries associated with cats and dogs occur each year, and of that number, nearly 88 percent were from dogs. All of us, especially the 43 million American households with dogs, know about the benefits our four-legged friends bring us, but dog ownership is not without some bumps and bruises and cuts. According to orthopedic surgeons, there's an increase in fractures, sprains and breaks to hands, wrists and elbows.

Health Beat: New ways to check your heart health

It used to be that the best way to test your heart health was with an echocardiogram, a stress test or an x-ray, but doctors say those tests in women reveal false positives 35 percent of the time. Researchers are now developing better ways of detecting heart disease, and they require only a drop of blood.

Health Beat: Diaphragm paralysis hits 2 friends

It's often misdiagnosed and can restrict breathing and reduce lung capacity to that of someone 30 years older, but a new procedure is now treating a debilitating condition called diaphragm paralysis.

Health Beat: 2 machines to look younger

Wrinkles, brown spots and enlarged pores are just some of the changes that come as we age. Two new FDA-approved treatments are helping people save face as they get older.

Health Beat: Building an artificial kidney

Progress on a new artificial kidney has been so promising the FDA has fast-tracked its development. That's potentially life-saving news for the 100,000 people the National Kidney Foundation says are on a waiting list for a transplant right now. Only 20,000 kidneys will be available for them this year.

Health Beat: Sleep training your babies

Every parent-to-be hears that age-old advice: Better get sleep while you can, but sleep deprivation doesn't have to go hand-in-hand with parenting. In fact, pediatric sleep experts say, by four or five months old, babies should be sleeping 12 hours a night, but how do you get them to do that? Is it better to let them cry it out, or do you rush in to comfort them at the first scream? Everyone has a different opinion, so a pediatric sleep consultant offers advice on the best way to turn your little beast into a beauty... a sleeping beauty that is.

Health Beat: Opioid implant

Buprenorphine is fast becoming the treatment of choice when it comes to opioid addiction. It used to only come in a pill or patch, but the FDA recently approved a first-of-its-kind implant that goes in the arm. It's called probuphine.

Health Beat: Better Lasik, better vision

Lasik correction surgery has revolutionized how doctors treat vision problems. Now, there’s a new way to personalize the procedure. It's offering results that are easy to see.

Health Beat: Epilepsy and Neurospace

Epilepsy affects three million people every day. For many of them, it's something that can be treated, but not cured. Now, a new FDA-approved device, called Neuropace, is changing the lives of some people living with epilepsy.

Health Beat: Fighting cancer together

Health Beat Fighting cancer together

Patients with rare cancers often feel lonely and misunderstood, but could they find comfort in each other? Two young strangers became instant friends when they found out they were battling the same disease, and both were in their early 20s.

Health Beat: NuVal scores: Healthy choices made easy

When it comes to healthy eating, the nutrition fact label is a great guide, but a Nielsen study found that 59 percent of shoppers have a hard time understanding exactly what those labels really mean. Now, grocery stores are trying to make it easier in the form of a "nutritional value," or NuVal, score. Some grocery stores are starting to post that score right next to the price.

Health Beat: Kids take iPad into surgery

Surgery can be a scary thing no matter how old you are, but for children, it can be really daunting. Doctors know one of the scariest parts for children is being wheeled away from their parents as they head into the operating room. It usually requires a sedating drug, but Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago has found an even more effective way to calm them: video games.

Health Beat: Treating addiction with drugs

Abuse of opioid painkillers is the fastest-growing drug problem in the United States. More than 14,000 people died in 2014 because of it. There is now a big scramble to solve the issue. Some experts say we should treat addiction like a chronic condition by treating addicts with medication, but is solving a drug problem with another drug the solution?

Health Beat: Silver tsunami is on the way

The numbers are impressive, if not staggering. Today, more than 46 million Americans are older than 65, and that total will swell to almost 100 million by 2060. With these big numbers come big questions: Where are seniors who can't take care of themselves going to live? And who is going to pay for it?

Health Beat: It's 9 p.m.: Kids in bed yet?

Just 20 minutes. That's all the extra sleep your kids may need to focus better at school, but parents also need to keep after-school activities in check.

Health Beat: Misdiagnosed: Take charge of your health

Each year in the United States, roughly 12 million adults are misdiagnosed, according to a study in the journal BMJ Quality & Safety. That's about one out of 20 adult patients, and researchers say in half of those cases, the misdiagnosis has the potential to result in severe harm.

Health Beat: PHP attacks ocular melanoma

A medical breakthrough could be on the way for a rare cancer with no effective treatment. Ocular melanoma strikes 2,000 Americans each year. Now, a new treatment could possibly put a stop to the spread of this disease.

Health Beat: Prostate cancer: New look at an old treatment

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among American men. Patients have several different treatment options, including two types of internal radiation therapy: low-dose rate brachytherapy or high-dose rate brachytherapy. Both involve having radioactive seeds implanted near the tumor. For years, very few patients took advantage of the high-dose option, but that may begin to change.

Health Beat: Toxins relax rigid muscles

Upper limb spasticity is a painful condition caused by extremely tight muscles the person cannot control. It's often a side-effect of stroke, neurological disease or brain injury. Now, a new type of toxin, similar to Botox, may provide relief.

Health Beat: Blue strip might treat Parkinson's

About 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson's disease every year. It is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that can make daily activities difficult, but researchers are now trying out what looks like a breath strip of medicine that could make patients' lives easier.

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