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Health Beat: BPA-free

You may have heard a lot over the past few years about chemicals in our plastics and cookware that could be dangerous to our health. For years, bisphenol-a, or BPA, was added to plastic to make it more pliable. Only recently has BPA been linked to a number of health concerns.

Health Beat: What's the beef with antibiotics?

It used to be the monster of sci-fi movies -- the deadly superbug, but fiction is quickly turning into fact. By 2050, according to a British study, the global death toll from antibiotic-resistant infections could skyrocket to 10 million a year. Today, much of the blame is put on the meat industry. Every year, cattle ranchers use 29 million pounds of antibiotics in their animals, but how much of that really makes it to your dinner plate?

Health Beat: Firefighters and the cancer connection

Firefighters face many risks during their jobs, but ironically, the most dangerous part of running into a burning building isn't the flames, it's the smoke. It billows off furniture, appliances and carpets in toxic waves of cancer-causing fumes. That's how about 60 percent of career firefighters will die, according to the International Association of Firefighters. Cancer has become the number one cause of death for firefighters around the country. Hear how the men and women who save lives are now working to save their own.

Health Beat: Calling all doctors: Geriatrician shortage

In less than 15 years, more than 31 million Americans will already have celebrated their 75th birthday, but the number of geriatricians, doctors who specialize in caring for the elderly, is failing to keep up. In fact, there are only 7,400 board-certified geriatricians in the entire United States and that disparity can, and is, having some serious medical consequences.

Health Beat: From heart surgery to marathons

If running a marathon were easy, everyone would do it. The 26.2-mile race is tough for anyone.

Health Beat: Instalift ban gets lifted

Every year, more than 15 million cosmetic procedures are done in the United States, and people are always looking for the next best treatment. The latest is actually a new twist on an old controversial procedure that the FDA banned in 2009, but threading the face to give it an instant facelift is coming back in style. Here's why some doctors think, this time, the non-surgical, 30-minute procedure is the perfect alternative to surgery.

Health Beat: Live liver donation

Last year, 359 liver transplants were made possible by live liver donation. It's a number that has grown over the past three years, and experts say it may be evidence that more people are learning about what can be, for some, the only life-saving option.

Health Beat: Same-day hip surgery?

Some 332,000 Americans have hip replacement every year. For most, the surgery requires a hospital stay and weeks of rehabilitation. Now, a different approach to surgery is getting patients back on their feet and out of the hospital faster than ever before.

Health Beat: Tag team takes on tricky back trouble

Every year, hundreds of thousands of Americans have back surgery, and for a growing number of patients, the operations require fusing bone, or bone grafts, and a large amount of hardware. With complex spine surgery comes a higher risk of complications, but a new approach may be fixing backs and saving lives.

Health Beat: Talus replacement saves feet

A tiny bone that you've probably never heard of can make a huge difference in your quality of life. The talus is the part ankle that allows the foot to move in all different directions. High impact injuries like falls or car crashes can cause the bone to fracture and die. Now, there is a new cutting-edge option for patients.

Health Beat: Crazy for cauliflower

If you're a carb-counter and looking for a great way to shave some starchy ones out of your diet, get crazy for cauliflower.

Health Beat: Parkinson Voice Project sound off

As many as one million Americans live with Parkinson's disease, but with no cure, living with it can be helped by re-learning some simple things, like speaking up.

Health Beat: iEat app: Treating child feeding disorders

Even though there is a lot of concern about children in America eating too much, about five percent of children don't eat at all. It's a feeding disorder that usually comes about if a child had a medical condition when they were born that caused eating to be painful. Treatment can cost tens of thousands of dollars, but one psychologist is testing out an app that may help parents treat their own kids and save money.

Health Beat: Healing burn scars

Each year, more than 500,000 Americans will suffer from a scalding burn. These injuries can leave lasting scars that cause physical and emotional damage. Now, a technique that expands the skin is helping patients heal.

Health Beat: ABUS: Cancer screening for dense breasts

Mammograms are the gold standard in detecting breast cancer, but they can miss tumors in women with dense breasts. The automated whole breast ultrasound, or ABUS, has been finding some of those lesions in just 15 minutes.

Health Beat: Vets see the light: Therapy for pain and sleep

It's a sad statistic, but nearly half of returning veterans say they suffer from chronic pain and are four times more likely to develop sleep disorders, but instead of treating them with medications with heavy side-effects, researchers are shedding some light on the matter with a different approach.

Health Beat: Saving hips with 3D technology

More than 2.5 million Americans are living with an artificial hip. For those with a failed hip replacement, many are either too afraid to have a revision or don't know what can be done and instead live with the pain and disability, but there is hope. Now, 3D technology is helping surgeons plan and perform the surgery better than ever before.

Health Beat: CAD CAM: Making new teeth

It's the stuff of science fiction showing up in dental offices. Dentists and prosthodontists are using computers to make teeth, implants, and dentures. It's a process called computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing, or CAD CAM.

Health Beat: Depression screening can make a difference

Depression affects about 16 million Americans and contributes to more than 41,000 suicides each year. It also costs nearly $210 billion a year in treatment and lost productivity. Now, a federal task force recommends that everybody get screened for depression.

Health Beat: Safe conversations

It's still not great; four out of 10 American couples still wind up getting divorced, but that percentage is starting to drop. Harville Hendrix frequently took relationship advice to The Oprah Winfrey Show years ago, and today, he and his wife are taking relationship education to couples around the world.

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