Health Beat: The sodium factor: The salty truth

Nine out of 10 of us consume too much sodium every day. The sneaky substance can put you at risk for heart disease, high blood pressure and other health problems, but some of the foods that contain the most sodium are those you would least expect.

Health Beat: Healthy sweet treats? A guilt-free recipe

We love the way it tastes, but it's not so good for our waists. We're talking dessert. The sweet, gooey, goodness puts a smile on our lips but sits forever on our hips, but could there be a healthier way?

Health Beat: Sugar science: Too much sweet in what we eat

Americans are consuming more sugar than ever before, but what effect is this sweet trend having on our health?

Health Beat: New epilepsy treatment


More than two million Americans have epilepsy, a brain condition marked by unprovoked, sudden seizures. For some patients, medication, or even surgery, can help.

Health Beat: Brain tumor catheter: Glioblastoma GPS

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The survival rate for a type of brain cancer called glioblastoma is about 10 percent over a five year period. External beam radiation treatment has always been challenging because the beams must pass through healthy tissue. Now, a new method of increasing radiation to the tumor is showing promise.

Health Beat: Help for sleepy teens

More and more research is showing sleep is important for our health, and that's also true if you're a teenager, but a recent study found teens aren't getting enough Zs. In fact, only 15 percent reported sleeping eight and a half hours on school nights.

Health Beat: Back surgery gone bad: Questions to ask your doctor

Each year, 600,000 Americans undergo spine surgery as part of the $30 billion they spend on back pain care, but before one goes under the knife, there are some important questions to ask.

Health Beat: New Achilles surgery

Recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon can be a long, painful process. Traditional surgery carries risks, and what's left behind is a long, vertical scar on the back of the leg — an ugly reminder of a very bad injury. Now, a new type of surgery is a lot easier on the legs and "the eyes."

Health Beat: Massage for multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a chronic disease affecting the central nervous system. People with MS can have fatigue, muscle pain or weakness and difficulty with motion. There is no cure, but researchers at one of the country's top rehabilitation institutes are studying massage techniques to see if MS patients can find relief.

Health Beat: Evaheart

When someone's heart is severely damaged, doctors may be able to implant a mechanical pump — sometimes as a permanent assist to the heart, or as a temporary measure until transplant. Now, for the first time in the United States, experts are testing a new device designed to eliminate one of the bigger risks.

Health Beat: 'BluePrint' for breast cancer diagnosis

Years ago, treatment for breast cancer used to be "one-size-fits-all" -- surgery, followed by chemotherapy and radiation. New research shows that doctors are now able to better diagnose breast cancer down to the subtype of the disease, using specialized molecular testing. The new approach means life-saving individualized therapy for some patients.

Health Beat: Vitamin D for pancreatic cancer

Vitamin D has been known for promoting strong bones, regulating blood pressure and even improving one's mood. Could it be the key to fighting one of the most deadly cancers? United States researchers are testing the impact of adding vitamin D to the treatment regimen for some pancreatic cancer patients.

Health Beat: Deadly infections from prostate biopsies

After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the United States, affecting about one in seven men. While a biopsy can confirm whether you have cancer, the procedure itself can leave behind a deadly infection that's becoming more and more resistant to antibiotics. A new test is available that's saving lives.

Health Beat: Sepsis: What you need to know

Sepsis claims the lives of more people every year than breast cancer, prostate cancer and aids, combined. Every two minutes, someone in the United States dies of the deadly condition. If you don't know much about it, you're not alone. Victims and doctors are now speaking out to raise awareness.

Health Beat: Kids and sushi: Healthy eating

There are almost 4,000 sushi restaurants in the United States, and the Japanese dish continues to gain popularity, even with kids.

Health Beat: Better Ebola suit

Imagine wearing a three-piece suit to your gym's sauna. That's just a glimpse of what caregivers go through while treating Ebola patients in the field. The current protective suit is hot, uncomfortable and gives opportunity for infection during removal. A team of researchers at Johns Hopkins just won a multi-million dollar contract to design a new and improved suit that keeps the deadly disease out and cool air in.

Health Beat: Hunting cancer cells in kids with ALL

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL, is cancer of the white blood cells. ALL can strike at any age, but it is most common in kids under the age of five. Most children respond well to chemotherapy, or in more aggressive cases, a bone marrow transplant, but doctors are now testing a new treatment that uses a child's own cells to "hunt" the cancer and kill it.

Health Beat: Fetal heart surgery: HLHS

Hypoplastic left heart syndrome, or HLHS, is a birth defect that affects blood flow and structures on the left side of the heart. Every year in the United States, about one in 4,300 babies is born with the condition. Experts have now developed a new technique for the highest risk patients to help restore blood flow before birth, and they have made one boy the first survivor of the condition.

Health Beat: Regenlite laser for skin inflammation

Skin conditions, such as acne and rosacea, can damage confidence and destroy self-esteem, but a cutting-edge treatment is now providing results faster than ever before.

Health Beat: Sleep apnea in kids: More than a sleep problem?

Between one and 10 percent of kids have difficulty breathing when they sleep, which could be a serious condition called obstructive sleep apnea. It does more than just disturb a good night's sleep; it can create serious behavioral and health problems, and it is often misdiagnosed as something else.

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