Health Beat: Lung cancer vaccine from Cuba

Lung cancer is the number one killer in the United States. Until now, treatment options have been limited, but researchers are studying a revolutionary treatment for cancer patients and those at high risk, like smokers, even if they are not yet showing signs of the disease.

Health Beat: Testing for Parkinson's before it strikes

For patients with brain disorders like Parkinson's disease, early diagnosis can mean earlier intervention and treatment. Right now, most patients are not diagnosed until they are showing symptoms of the disease. Researchers have now developed a system that can detect Parkinson's-like brain changes well before anyone sees signs of the disease.

Health Beat: MRIdian: Treating childhood sarcoma

Soft-tissue sarcomas are cancers that begin in the muscles, tendons, blood vessels and tissue near joints. While this cancer can strike at any age, one form of sarcoma is especially cruel, as it most often strikes patients under 10. A new therapy is wiping out the cancer while protecting kids from life-long side-effects.

Health Beat: BWS: Life-changing treatment


Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome is a genetic condition that causes excessive growth. It's linked to birth defects and even cancer, but thanks to innovative surgical procedures, children born with BWS can now live normal lives.

Health Beat: New hope for brain cancer

More than 12,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with a glioblastoma in 2016. These are the deadliest of all brain tumors. If the tumor comes back after chemotherapy and radiation, patients have very few options and are typically given just a few months to live. Now, there's new hope on the horizon.

Health Beat: Vaccinate mom to protect baby?

A large study of nearly 500,000 moms and babies shows that moms who got a flu shot while pregnant helped their babies stay healthier. That's big news, since newborns under six months of age are at the highest risk of getting the flu, which can be dangerous or deadly.

Health Beat: Fruit flies hold secret to sleep

We all know how much better we feel after a good night's sleep, but sleep is also key for staying healthy. If you don't get enough sleep, there's evidence that your brain activity changes. Researchers are studying the impact of sleep on insomniac fruit flies to see how they can help humans.

Health Beat: Fix acid reflux for good

Most of us will have a case of heartburn from time to time , but as many as 20 percent of all Americans live with a chronic condition known as GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease, which can lead to esophageal cancer over time. Over-the-counter medications may give temporary relief from symptoms, but a unique procedure may stop the reflux for good.

Health Beat: New treatment for PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, affects more than seven million adults every year. Many of those affected are military service personnel who've returned from combat. There is no cure for PTSD, but a new drug currently in clinical trials is looking like the best treatment so far.

Health Beat: Fighters get concussions, too

The NFL has taken a lot of heat for not being more proactive about the long-term issue of concussions in its athletes. Now, the mixed martial arts industry, or MMA, is stepping up its game. Researchers are running a long-term study on the effects of impact on fighters' heads and brains. Doctors hope to learn how to detect early signs of brain injury and more.

Health Beat: LITT for epilepsy

Three million Americans have epilepsy, a disorder that causes unexpected seizures. When the condition can't be controlled by medication, brain surgery is sometimes an option. Now, a less invasive laser surgery is available for some patients who would otherwise have little relief.

Health Beat: Newest lumbar disc replacement

For the first time in 10 years, people with chronic back pain now have a new option to get them back on their feet. The FDA recently approved the newest generation of artificial lumbar discs and some patients who've gotten the implants say the results are life-changing.

Health Beat: Saving legs: Stopping CLI

Critical limb ischemia, or CLI, affects about two million Americans. It happens when arteries become blocked, which reduces blood flow to the hands, feet or legs. The condition can lead to amputation or even death. Now, there's a study that's helping doctors understand the best method for treating CLI.

Health Beat: HIPEC for ovarian cancer

Doctors have used HIPEC, or heated chemotherapy, for years to treat certain abdominal cancers. Now, researchers are testing HIPEC on women with advanced ovarian cancer who otherwise would have very few options.

Health Beat: Not your mother's hysterectomy

Robotic surgery allows doctors to operate through tiny incisions using controllers and specially designed tools. Now, a new system just approved by the FDA is providing surgeons with more precision than ever before, especially during delicate gynecologic procedures like hysterectomies. Doctors say it's making a huge difference in recovery.

Health Beat: Virtual reality for PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a condition that causes people to feel unexpectedly anxious or threatened even though they are safe and out of danger. Members of the military, first-responders and police officers may be more likely than most to struggle with PTSD. Now, researchers are testing a new therapy designed to speed recovery.

Health Beat: LUMI beads blast tumors

A new type of Nano bead, a medical magnetic bead, offers better treatment for some liver cancers. It's called the LUMI bead, and it lets doctors see in real time if the bead is delivered to the target.

Health Beat: The next frontier for autism

More than 3.5 million Americans are on the autism spectrum right now, according to the Autism Society. Often, older people with autism were diagnosed later in life and did not benefit from early intervention. The Barrow Neurological Institute and the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center, or SARRC, in Phoenix are teaming up to look at what happens in the brains of people with autism as they age.

Health Beat: Using fat to build cartilage in knees

A University of Arizona researcher is growing cartilage from stem cells taken from fat tissue. He said that cartilage could repair small defects and large areas of damage seen in many arthritis patients, and one day, it could eliminate the need to put plastic and metal in people’s knees.

Health Beat: SAVI SCOUT targets breast tumors

More than 150,000 women have breast reconstruction surgery and breast-conserving surgery every year. Thirty percent may require repeat surgeries, but there's new technology that could lower those numbers.

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