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Health Beat: Check your heart with a pillow

Six-million Americans suffer from congestive heart failure, a weakening of the heart muscle that causes shortness of breath, fatigue and low energy. Damage to the heart can't be cured, but a new device allows doctors to monitor patients in real time and intervene quickly if the symptoms get worse.

Health Beat: Prostate cancer: Prevent it

The longer a man lives, the more likely he is to get prostate cancer at some point. Overall, one in seven men will be diagnosed with it in his lifetime, and the traditional test to spot it -- the PSA test -- has several drawbacks, including possible complications from biopsies that often follow, so why not try to avoid the tests altogether while cutting your risk of getting the disease?

Health Beat: Save your heart through your wrist

Every year, one-million Americans undergo a procedure called angioplasty. Doctors insert a catheter with a stent into a patient's artery to open blockages near their heart. Now, a new study may have cardiologists rethinking their approach, and for some patients, an easier recovery may be all in the wrist.

Health Beat: Personalized melanoma vaccine

The skin is the largest organ of the body, so it's no wonder that skin cancer is the most common cancer of them all. In fact, 3.5 million people will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year; 73,000 of them will be told they have melanoma — a cancer with no cure. Now, doctors are working on a personalized vaccine that could stop the deadly disease in its tracks.

Health Beat: Preterm birth disparities

Despite all of the medical advances in the United States, one in nine American women gives birth to a preterm baby — a baby that is born before the 37th week, and for African-American women, the rate of preterm birth is 60 percent higher. Now, researchers are trying to pinpoint the reasons for the racial disparity.

Health Beat: Telemental health at your fingertips

It's likely that all of us, sometime in our lives, will either know someone coping with a mental illness or we'll experience it ourselves, but 60 percent of adults and 50 percent of youth ages eight to 15 who have a mental illness got no help last year. What can we do to get help for more people?

Health Beat: Healthy pregnancy: What you eat does matter

When it comes to getting pregnant, a whole host of factors come into play, and that apparently includes a woman's diet. Some researchers even think a bad diet may lead to miscarriages. One woman and her doctor think her drastic diet changes resulted in a new addition to her family.

Health Beat: 'Smart' insulin: Medicine's next big thing?

Imagine how tough it is for new parents to find out their baby has diabetes and then have to learn as they go how to regulate blood sugar and dose insulin. A mistake could bring coma or death, but now, researchers say "smart" insulin could someday eliminate guesswork and more.

Health Beat: Stem cells for diabetes

Three-million Americans have Type 1 diabetes, a disease where the immune system stops the pancreas from making insulin. Patients rely on daily blood sugar checks and insulin injections to survive, but now, there's hope on the horizon. Researchers are conducting the first study to look at embryonic stem cells for Type 1 diabetes.

Health Beat: Islet cell transplantation for Type 1 diabetes

People with Type I diabetes may develop complications from long-term use of insulin and develop hypoglycemia, or severe low blood sugar. Now, researchers have developed a therapy that may help protect Type I diabetics from this life-threatening condition.

Health Beat: ESD: Removing tumors without a scar

Removing tumors

Removing lesions inside the stomach used to mean a large incision and a lot of cutting, but now there's an easier approach. Doctors are removing tumors without a scar.

Health Beat: Acupuncture for pelvic pain

Acupuncture for pelvic pain

When it comes to using acupuncture to treat pain, some folks swear by it and others dismiss it, but a medical center in Chicago thinks a "new" form of acupuncture could very well be the hope that many women are looking for -- a way to end chronic pelvic pain.

Health Beat: Laughing away depression?

Laughing away depression

No energy, living in darkness, thoughts of suicide. This is how people suffering from depression describe their lives. For many of the 17.5 million Americans diagnosed with it, therapy and medication will help, but as many as six million of these people are resistant to drugs. Now, there may be a simple way to improve their mood.

Health Beat: Taking aim at autism in high-risk 1-year-olds

Taking aim at autism

One in 68 children has autism spectrum disorder. While most children are diagnosed by age four, researchers believe the earlier we intervene, the better off the kids will be. Now, a new study shows one-year-olds at risk for ASD can be helped with some simple strategies.

Health Beat: Graves' disease in teens overlooked too often

Plummeting grades, weight change and trouble focusing. It might be easy to blame your teen's behavior on the changes in adolescence. Your family doctor might suspect attention deficit disorder, but Graves' disease, a condition where the thyroid works overtime, can easily be overlooked in kids and teens.

Health Beat: New drug for lung cancer

Lung cancer is the top cancer killer of both men and women in the United States. Some 158,000 Americans are expected to die from it this year alone. Now, a new drug that retrains the immune system can stop a tumor in its tracks.

Health Beat: New breast cancer treatment: IORT

A breast cancer diagnosis is scary enough by itself, and for many patients, making endless trips back to the hospital for radiation therapy adds to the misery, but a new radiation treatment offers convenience and peace of mind to a lot of women.

Health Beat: Oxygen: Healing cancer's hidden wounds

For many cancer patients, radiation is a necessary part of life-saving treatment, ridding the body of potentially dangerous cells. For some, side-effects from radiation can be felt weeks, months, even years after treatment. In some cases, doctors are now taking an unusual approach to heal cancer’s hidden wounds.

Health Beat: An avocado a day

You've heard the old saying, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away," but how about an avocado a day? Research shows that the "good fat" absorbed from eating avocado can help lower your bad cholesterol and increase your heart health.

Health Beat: Kidney stones in kids

Kidney stones are small, hard deposits that develop in the kidneys, and if you've ever had them or known someone who has, you know how incredibly painful they can be. Over the past 20 years, the number of Americans who have developed kidney stones has increased by 70 percent, and the fastest increase has been in kids.

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