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Health Beat: Young cataracts

Age-related cataracts, cloudiness in the lens of one or both eyes, affect more than 22 million Americans. It's no longer a condition that is limited to seniors; younger people are developing cataracts, and many are electing to fix them at an earlier age.

Health Beat: Posture shirt

Eighty percent of Americans will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives, according to medical experts. Back pain costs more than $7 billion a year in lost productivity. People will do just about anything to relieve it. Here's a solution that doesn't involve drugs or surgery.

Health Beat: Fatty liver calculator: Kids fight epidemic

A disease that used to only affect adult alcoholics is now plaguing kids. More than seven million children in the United States are thought to have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and it can lead to serious health problems, but researchers have now developed a new way to calculate this disease.

Health Beat: Hip resurfacing: A better option for some

Every year, 330,000 Americans undergo surgery to replace hip joints that have been damaged by age or overuse. After surgery, most patients can go back to their normal activities, but no running, no jumping and no high-impact sports for some people who have been very physically active. Now, new research shows hip resurfacing may be the better option to get them back on their feet.

Health Beat: Healthy holiday eating

It's that time of year again, and with the holidays in full swing, making healthy eating choices can be difficult. Just dining in a group can cause the average person to eat about 44 percent more calories, but experts say there are ways to prepare and eat food that that will keep you slim this holiday season.

Health Beat: Easing TOS pain

You may have never heard of it, but thoracic outlet syndrome, or TOS, can cause severe and debilitating pain. The condition is often misdiagnosed, but if it's caught, treatment can make all the difference.

Health Beat: Fetal surgery for spina bifida babies

Every year, 1,500 babies in the United States are born with a birth defect called spina bifida. Their spinal columns don't close while they are developing in the womb. For the past decade, some highly specialized medical centers across the United States have performed fetal surgery on spina bifida babies, stitching up their spines while they are still in the womb. A new study shows experts continue to improve the technique, giving babies the very best chance at a strong start.

Health Beat: C-Diff: Poop in a pill kills deadly infection

Clostridium difficile, also known as C-Diff, is a gut bacteria that sickens more than 400,000 Americans each year and kills 14,000. The deadly bacteria is easily transmitted in hospitals and nursing homes. Now, human waste in an oral form could be the key to eliminating it.

Health Beat: Fertility hope for cancer patients

Each year, nearly 49,000 women under age 50 are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States. Nearly 11,000 of them are under age 40. Many of these women have dreams of starting a family, but toxic treatments like chemotherapy can affect their fertility. Now, there's a new drug on the horizon that could offer hope.

Health Beat: Saving lives at the hospital: Bacteria-resistant gowns

It's a place we go to get well, not sicker, but the numbers are staggering. One in 25 patients contracts at least one hospital-acquired infection and nearly 100,000 die every year because of it. Now, something as simple as what we wear could help save lives.

Health Beat: Dose of dark: Four super vegetables

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We all know what we should be eating, but are we really stocking up our refrigerators with the best of the best? Well, you might need to go dark green to get healthy.

Health Beat: Creative coping improves cancer recovery

Creative coping

More than 1.6 million Americans will be told they have some form of cancer this year. Living with the disease can be a daily challenge, but some have found creative ways to cope that seem to be just what the doctor ordered.

Health Beat: Alzheimer's hope

Alzheimer's help

Hearing the words "cure”"and "Alzheimer's" together in the same sentence would be a medical miracle for the five million Americans living every day with this devastating condition. In the meantime, the National Institute on Aging will soon recruit a small number of patients to test a new drug that researchers hope will reverse the damage that Alzheimer's has already done.

Health Beat: MelaFind: Spotting melanoma without a biopsy

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More than 76,000 Americans will be diagnosed with melanoma this year. If it's not caught early, this type of skin cancer can be deadly. Doctors used to rely on biopsies to make a diagnosis, but now there's a much less painful way. Spotting melanoma is easier than ever.

Health Beat: Battling multiple myeloma

Battling multiple myeloma

One of the most common drugs to fight the blood cancer, multiple myeloma, causes patients' platelets to decrease. Low platelet count means delaying treatment or lower doses of the drug. That's bad news for many patients. A research team at the University of Utah has found a way to keep that from happening by finding a new use for an existing drug.

Health Beat: Help for lymphedema

It's a condition that causes swelling, pain and even disfigurement. Lymphedema affects about 40 percent of breast cancer patients who have lymph node surgery and radiation. There's no cure for the condition, but a new procedure is offering patients hope.

Health Beat: Concussions: The female factor

As many as 3.8 million concussions are reported every year. Most people think of male athletes when they think of concussions, but new research is showing young women may be more likely to suffer this injury.

Health Beat: Gene therapy: From bench to bedside: HIV

For the first-time ever, doctors at the University of Pennsylvania have successfully used personalized gene therapy in a dozen patients with HIV, knocking the virus down to the point where it was almost completely undetectable. Researchers said it's a huge win in the fight against aids and HIV, and brings them closer than ever to a cure.

Health Beat: Gene therapy: From bench to bedside: Blindness

It's a form of blindness that some call "especially cruel." People with choroideremia are born with perfect vision and then begin to lose their sight, sometimes as kids or teens. Researchers in the United States are now building on the success of a clinical trial overseas and are about to test a therapy designed to halt the progression of the disease and maybe even reverse some of the damage.

Health Beat: Gene therapy: From bench to bedside: Hemophilia

Twenty-thousand Americans are living with hemophilia, a condition that prevents the blood from clotting easily after a cut or injury. Patients are also more susceptible to internal bleeding, which can damage joints, organs and tissue. Researchers are now testing gene therapies for both types of hemophilia – type A and type B. Both therapies are designed to help blood clot better.

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