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Health Beat: MRI-guided radiation more precise

Doctors say a medical breakthrough in radiation delivery is ensuring they hit their tumor targets. It also means less toxicity to the surrounding healthy tissue.

Health Beat: Stem cells replace bone marrow transplants

Treatment of some blood cancers wipes out healthy blood cells. Stem cells, immature cells that become various blood cells, are needed to replenish them. That used to mean surgery to collect the cells from bone marrow, but there's now an easier way.

Health Beat: NF tumors: Hearing can be restored

Neurofibromatoses are a group of disorders that cause tumors to grow in the nervous system. One of those conditions, NF 2, causes many patients to go deaf because the tumors grow on the nerves responsible for hearing. A drug already in use for some cancers is not only halting the hearing loss in some patients, but reversing it.

Health Beat: New scan saves hearts

Every year, more than 735,000 Americans have a heart attack. Heart disease kills 600,000 Americans. Now, breakthrough technology that is helping detect heart disease in a fraction of a second and saving lives.

Health Beat: Detecting early eye damage

Diabetes can cause a number of serious side-effects, including eye conditions like cataracts and diabetic retinopathy, a condition that causes progressive damage to the eyes. Researchers are finding ways to see the very early signs of diabetic eye damage, so they can treat it before the damage is done.

Health Beat: Battling brain cancer with lasers

Glioblastoma is the most common form of brain cancer and also the most deadly. Surgery, radiation and chemotherapy can buy patients precious time, but in most cases, it's no cure. Now, researchers have found a high-tech laser surgery that may have an added benefit for patients.

Health Beat: Lungs in a box save Michele

On any given day, more than 1,600 people in North America are on a waiting list for new lungs. Many of those patients will not get the transplant they desperately need and will die on the waiting list. Doctors say one challenge is that many potential donor lungs are too damaged for transplantation. But now, new technology is reconditioning lungs and saving lives.

Health Beat: Custom stents help people breathe

When breathing is hard, life is hard. Every single move becomes difficult. Patients with serious breathing disorders sometimes need stents to keep their airways open. Until now, these devices were made with a one-size-fits-all approach, but custom stents are helping some people breathe easier.

Health Beat: Alzheimer's in kids?!

Neimann-Pick Disease Type "C" is a devastating genetic disease that affects one in 150,000 children. It is often referred to as childhood Alzheimer's because children who develop as normal, healthy babies and toddlers start showing signs of physical and cognitive decline by first grade. While most children don't live past their teens, a promising new treatment appears to slow down the progression of the disease.

Health Beat: Flu shot allergies

Like football games and warm coats, the flu shot is part of the fall ritual for millions of Americans, but there are people who actually may be allergic to them.

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Life Lessons: Boost your credit score

Life Lessons Boost your credit score

A survey from the national foundation for credit counseling found more people would be embarrassed to admit their credit scores than their weight. So what can you do to boost your score?

Life Lessons: Autism and weight gain

Life Lessons Autism and weight gain

A new study shows significant evidence that a common drug used to treat type-2 diabetes – metformin – is also effective in helping overweight children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who take antipsychotic medications maintain or reduce their body mass index (BMI).

Life Lessons: Doctor Mini Mental Health

Life Lessons Doctor Mini Mental Health

If a child has a toothache or the flu, it’s easy for most adults to explain what happens during a trip to the dentist or doctor, but when it comes to mental health, many parents may not know where to begin, or how to calm a child’s fears and they may have plenty of fears of their own. One expert is working to destigmatize mental health issues by bringing them front and center.

Life Lessons: Wisdom Wednesday: What would you tell your former self?

Life Lessons What would you tell your former self

What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time? We asked a group of Lehigh Valley women to give us their answers to this question. Here are the answers.

Life Lessons: Odd reasons you're so tired

Life Lessons Odd reasons you re so tired

If your energy is not what it used to be, even after you’ve gotten a good night’s sleep, there may be other reasons for your exhaustion.

Life Lessons: Parents: Save for college or retirement

Life Lessons Save for college or retirement

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, it can cost as much as $100,000 to send a child to a four-year public university.

Life Lessons: Smart snacks boost your metabolism

Life Lessons Smart snacks boost your metabolism

Your metabolic rate accounts for at least 70 percent of the calories you burn every day. We have some quick, smart snacks that can help you drop those unwanted pounds.

Life Lessons: Stroller injuries

Life Lessons Stroller injuries

Although strollers and carriers are typically used to safely transport children, injuries do occur while using these products. A study conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Policy of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital found that, over a 21-year period from 1990 through 2010, almost 361,000 children aged 5 years and younger were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments for stroller- or carrier-related injuries – that’s about two children every hour.

Breeding better bison: Preserving a national icon

Breeding better bison Preserving a national icon

The same week that President Obama declared the American bison the national mammal, two bison calves made history. They were the first bison ever born through in vitro fertilization and surrogate parenting. They’re part of a program at Colorado State University to create a herd of genetically pure bison that are also free of a deadly disease called brucellosis.

Life Lessons: Best time to run errands

Life Lessons Best time to run errands

If it seems like there isn’t enough time in the day to run your errands, maybe you should try changing the time you run them.

Life Lessons: Tips for dealing with dementia-type illnesses

Life Lessons Tips for dealing with dementia-type illnesses

For many families, dealing with a cognitive impairment can be complicated, difficult and sometimes overwhelming. And with an estimated 5.4 million Americans with Alzheimer's disease, this issue is one health care providers say needs to be addressed.

Life Lessons: High risk exercises at the gym and how to avoid injury

Life Lessons High risk exercises at the gym

We’ve heard countless studies and reports on how important it is to go to the gym. Whether you’re running, lifting weights or stretching the benefits are never-ending. New studies are now showing some exercises at the gym may be higher risk for injury. Here are more details on which workouts to be cautious of and how to be sure you’re doing them safely.

Life Lessons: Tips for better sleep for college students

Life Lessons Tips for better sleep for college students

Between a new roommate, new bed, new noises, new freedoms and no parents, managing a good sleep schedule can be one of the hardest lessons to learn in college, says a sleep expert at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Life Lessons: Nutrition labels: What's changed after 20 years

Life Lessons Nutrition labels

Starting this month, food manufacturers have two years to comply with new FDA rules to give nutrition labels a much-needed makeover.

Life Lessons: Apps to manage and save money

Life Lessons Apps to manage and save money

Budgeting and saving are no easy tasks, but your key to financial success is right at your fingertips, or right in the app store.

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Recipes From The Kitchen

Two Rivers Brewing previews the Easton Garlic Festival

Two Rivers Brewing previews the Easton Garlic Festival

The Easton Garlic Festival returns October 1st and 2nd in Centre Square.

Sunrise Chef: Sagra Bistro, Robyn Cavallaro

Sunrise Chef Sagra Bistro

It's time to head over to the kitchen where this morning we are welcoming in Private Chef and owner of Sagra Bistro in Hellertown Robyn Cavallaro.

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Music Monday

Music Monday: Chris Aguayo

Chris Aguayo and his band help us kick off the work week with Music Monday!

Music Monday: Soul Folks

With roots in progressive metal, Soul Folks has morphed into a folk, funk, soul, bluesy jazz sound. Adam, Alyssa and Angelo joined WFMZ's Jaciel Cordoba for Music Monday ahead of their performance at the Riverside Festival of the Arts in Easton.

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On this Day

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    On this day: September 26

    Sir Francis Drake completes his trip around the world, Nixon and Kennedy square off on TV, the Beatles release "Abbey Road," and an acting legend passes away, all on this day.