Health Beat: Rare transplant for cystic fibrosis

Thirty-thousand children and adults in the United States are living with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that affects the lungs. For some, a lung transplant is the only hope for survival, but one woman had her lungs and more transplanted.

Health Beat: The 'everywhere chemical': New warnings for moms-to-be

You've probably heard about phthalates, the chemicals that make plastic soft and flexible. They're practically in everything, but a new study reveals another reason pregnant women should try to avoid them.

Health Beat: Dangers of testosterone

It's the hormone that regulates muscle mass, energy, and sex drive, and some men think more is better. You see it on TV, in magazines, and on shelves everywhere you turn, but few men know the dangers of taking testosterone.

Health Beat: Mystery disease: Fingernails tell all

Imagine losing your hair, vomiting every time you ate and living in extreme pain. Now, imagine if doctors couldn't help you because they couldn't figure out what was wrong. Well, that's exactly what happened to one woman with whom we talked.

Health Beat: Artificial kidney: Freedom for dialysis patients

Thirty-one million Americans have chronic kidney disease. For patients with irreversible kidney problems, dialysis is a life-saving therapy, but it's also a tough treatment that requires a lot of time. Now, an artificial kidney may offer patients more freedom.

Health Beat: Allergic to allergy medicine

Sometimes, the treatment is worse than the condition itself. That's what happens when people with allergies are allergic to the medication they take to relieve their symptoms, and sometimes the reaction can be life-threatening, but treatments for people with sensitive systems are available.

Health Beat: Open wide: Dental myths debunked


There are lots of myths when it comes to your teeth. How much do you know?
When it comes to teeth, there's the good, the bad and the ugly.

Health Beat: Drug-free pain relief

Chronic pain affects one-third of Americans, or about 133 million people. Patients are often prescribed powerful opiate drugs that can lead to addiction, but new therapies are now paving the way for a pain-free life without medication.

Health Beat: High-tech tool for hysterectomy

Every year in the United States, 600,000 women undergo hysterectomies. It's the second most frequently performed surgery in women of reproductive age, but a new, high-tech tool is now helping women recover faster than ever before.

Health Beat: Blood-cleansing biospleen attacks sepsis

Blood-cleansing biospleen attacks sepsis

Every year, severe sepsis strikes more than one million Americans, and as many as 50 percent of these people die. The deadly infection often happens too fast for antibiotics to help. Now, a new device inspired by the human spleen could transform the way doctors treat sepsis and many other diseases.

Health Beat: Focused ultrasound: Heating up brain tumors

Focused ultrasound

When cancer spreads to a person's brain, treatments like radiation and surgery are typically the only options, but they can cause harsh side-effects and damage to healthy tissue. Now, doctors are studying a new option and they are heating up brain tumors.

Health Beat: 3 alternative treatments for ALS

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, attacks the motor neurons in the brain that control muscle movement. The disease can impact your ability to move, speak, eat and breathe. While there's no cure, there is new hope on the horizon.

Health Beat: Learning: Make it stick

You are never too old to learn something new. You've no doubt heard that before, but there is science behind that saying. Cognitive psychologists at Washington University in St. Louis are studying the best ways to learn better and remember longer, and have compiled a list of sure-fire techniques for success.

Health Beat: Marathon heart

Running 26.2 miles is a tremendous physical accomplishment. It can also take a toll on the body. When a person runs a marathon, the heart pumps about seven times as much blood. All that stress can lead to cardiac arrest. It's extremely rare, affecting only one out of 184,000 runners, but many others may be at risk.

Health Beat: Stroke glove

Some 800,000 Americans suffer stroke every year. It is the fifth-leading cause of death and is the leading cause of serious disability. Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are testing an innovative system that retrains the uninjured side of the brain, helping stroke patients regain their mobility.

Health Beat: MRI for better prostate biopsy

Every year, one million men undergo prostate biopsies to determine if they have cancer. Doctors often order the biopsy if a man has an elevated level of a protein, called prostate specific antigen, or PSA, that could indicate cancer. Doctors are now using MRI for a more accurate test, and the chance to catch cancer earlier than ever before.

Health Beat: Boutique medicine: Pay-as-you-go healthcare?

Doctors in operating room - surgery

Do you want the best possible medical care? Do you want to choose your doctor and pick your procedures? Insurance companies might not offer you those benefits, but you could turn to "Boutique Medicine" a new ground-breaking trend.

Health Beat: Using robots to remove the esophagus

Health Beat Using robots to remove the esophagus

Last year in the United States, doctors diagnosed 18,000 new cases of cancer of the esophagus, the muscular tube that connects the throat to the stomach. While no one is sure exactly what causes it, age, gender, and a history of acid reflux are risk factors. Now, surgeons are using a new technique to remove the esophagus and help patients recover faster than ever before.

Health Beat: Easier fix for bad backs

Health Beat Easier fix for bad backs

Traditionally, back surgery requires surgeons to make a large opening in order to fuse the spine, and for patients, that means a longer hospital stay, lengthy recovery time, and higher risk of infection. Minimally invasive procedures are sometimes an option, but a new imaging system may make a huge difference.

Health Beat: Anthrax: Fighting cancer?

Anthrax fighting cancer?

Anthrax has been used around the world as a biological weapon for nearly a century, but what if this deadly toxin could be used to fight cancer and save lives?

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