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Health Beat: Predicting heart transplant rejection with blood test

For patients who've had a heart transplant, the surgery is just the beginning. Patients must undergo dozens of tests and biopsies to check for rejection of the donor organ. This can be especially difficult on children. Now, a new approach could change the way doctors predict transplant rejection, without expensive, invasive procedures.

Health Beat: Super, super foods: Test your IQ

Pumpkin, pumpkin seeds

You know to eat your fruits and vegetables, but what are the best, best foods out there?

Health Beat: Senior surgery: Fighting off the golden years

Senior surgery

Older men and women are opting to lift, tuck and tighten to take decades off their face and bodies. Last year, more than 85,000 surgical procedures were done by plastic surgeons on baby boomers, and each year that number continues to rise.

Health Beat: The sight, sounds of autism

Sight, sound of autism

One in 68 children will be diagnosed with autism. The kids struggle with making friends, social interaction and communication. We don’t know what causes one child to have autism and the other not to, but now researchers may have unlocked one key to what causes these kids to have these social problems.

Health Beat: Training the body to fight melanoma

The numbers are staggering. One person dies of melanoma every hour, and one in 50 men and women will be diagnosed with melanoma at some point in their lifetime. Now, a new experimental therapy is training the body's immune system to fight the disease.

Health Beat: Watch that bite: Ticks can turn you vegetarian

Summertime is all about getting outside and firing up the grill for an all-American barbeque, however, here is a warning for meat lovers. A small, but growing outdoor danger could take that away from you.

Health Beat: Food as a weapon against cancer

Food as weapon

Two out of every three people diagnosed with cancer today survive at least five years, and the right food may have a lot to do with winning that battle.

Health Beat: Health disparities in America

Health disparities

Does your mental health outcome depend on your age, gender, or race? Most people would like to think the answer is no, but studies show there are disparities.

Health Beat: DRACO keeps the bad guys away

DRACO

Scientists are researching a new compound that could wipe out the common cold, influenza and many other viral infections. The researcher behind it said the discovery could be bigger than penicillin, with far less resistance.

Health Beat: Dystonia: The gold standard

Dystonia

Dystonia is a mysterious neurological disorder that causes muscles to "freeze up" or work inconsistently. It's the third most common movement and muscular disorder, affecting more than 250,000 children and adults nationwide, and there is no cure. A delicate procedure called deep brain stimulation has been available for about a decade, and experts say this has now become the "gold standard" for relieving symptoms of dystonia in some patients.

Health Beat: High-tech, real-life rehab

High-tech rehab

When patients suffer a brain injury or fall, or they have balance issues, rehabilitation can make all the difference in their recovery. Now, that rehab is going high-tech.

Health Beat: Stroke signs: 3 hour deadline

Stroke warning signs

Strokes kill 130,000 Americans every year, which is one out of every 19 deaths. It is also the leading cause of disability, but would you recognize the signs of a stroke if it was happening to you or to a loved one?

Health Beat: Medical malls for your health?

Medical malls

Instead of buying jeans, having lunch and getting a haircut in one stop, think mammogram, blood pressure check and pharmaceuticals. Like America's shopping malls, so-called "medical malls" provide an array of medical services under one roof.

Health Beat: Protection from Alzheimer's disease?

Alzheimer's clue

A new study may help scientists unlock a medical mystery. Researchers have found that rheumatoid arthritis patients seem to have protection from developing Alzheimer's disease. The scientific link between the two may help researchers develop a new treatment for Alzheimer's.

Health Beat: Brain surgery through the nose

Brain surgery through nose

Removing a brain tumor can be tricky for surgeons and painful for patients. Now, there's a new way to take out these lesions as surgeons are using the nose as a pathway to the brain.

Health Beat: Lipedema

Lipedema

Some women just can’t lose weight, and for the estimated 11 percent of women with a chronic disorder, diet and exercise won't help at all. Now, there is a new procedure doctors are now using that can help restore their appearance.

Health Beat: Grain brain may be killing us

More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer's. A recent study found costs for dementia care in 2010 were as high as $200 billion, roughly twice what's expended for heart disease and almost triple what was spent on treating cancer. Now, one doctor says we can prevent Alzheimer's altogether by changing our diets.

Health Beat: Congestive heart failure under 60

Congestive heart failure is the most common diagnosis in hospital patients 65 and older, but it may come as a surprise to learn that more than one million of the five million Americans suffering from congestive heart failure are under the age of 60, and some even have symptoms decades earlier. Early diagnosis can make all the difference.

Health Beat: Transcatheter aortic valve replacement

Open-heart surgery is the gold standard for patients with severe aortic stenosis, but a recently published report in the New England Journal of Medicine confirms what researchers had earlier suspected. A new minimally invasive technique to repair heart valves is saving the lives of patients who are too sick for traditional surgery.

Health Beat: Heart surgery, transfusions: Blood conservation

Every two seconds in the United States, someone needs blood. One-fifth of the nation's entire blood supply is used during heart surgery. Blood transfusions are not only costly, but they can pose risks for patients. Now, some hospitals in the U.S. are significantly reducing transfusion rates during heart surgery.

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