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Medical Moment: Landlords' movement to ban smoking

Updated: 01/28/2013 - Secondhand smoke can seep through walls of shared housing like apartments and condos and still cause damage to people’s lungs. Some 30 million people suffer from secondhand smoke, and officials say it is because of their proximity to smoking neighbors. Now, some landlords are turning to a new movement to prevent the spread of secondhand smoke.

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Medical Moment: Early scans for cancer

Updated: 01/21/2013 - It is estimated that more than 225,000 people will be told they have lung cancer this year, and out of that amount only 15-percent will live five years with the disease. Now new technology is helping doctors find possible problems earlier than ever before.

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Testing brain pacemakers to zap Alzheimer's damage

Posted: 01/20/2013 - Scientists are attempting something dramatically different in the quest to stave off the creeping memory loss of Alzheimer's disease. They're using "brain pacemakers."

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Meteorologist Mike Hoffman undergoes new sinus procedure

Updated: 01/17/2013 - If you were watching News Center 16’s meteorologist Mike Hoffman coughing his way through his forecasts last week you know he wasn't feeling well. So this week Mike made the surgical leap to do something about his persistent sinus infections and underwent a safe, less invasive procedure called Baloon Sinuplasty.

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Maureen's Medical Moment: monitoring progress of ACL surgery

Updated: 01/17/2013 - ACL injuries have increased 400-percent among teens and adolescents in the last ten years, but it may come as a surprise that they are also on the rise in the baby boomer generation as well. To make sure patients do not have to pay out-of-pocket to fix the injury, doctors are using a new tool to prove that surgery works in order to continue providing coverage when new health care laws are put in place.

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Medical Moment: Making old organs new again

Updated: 01/09/2013 - It is a list that no one wants to be on, but more than 90,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant right now. One doctor is now working on a way to reduce that list to zero.

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Meditation instead of medication

Updated: 01/04/2013 - A federal panel recently released a surprising report that found meditation may actually be able to change a person’s brain.

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A fresh breath for COPD sufferers

Updated: 01/03/2013 - COPD is the third most common cause of death in the U.S., and as the disease progresses it can do irreversible damage to patients’ lungs. Doctors have a new instrument, the lung flute, to help people like Bernard Swanekamp who suffer from the chronic disease.

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The "pill" for men

Updated: 01/02/2013 - Around eighty-percent of all women in the U.S. will take birth control at some point in their lives, but the burden of taking “the pill” could soon no longer rest on women’s shoulders alone.

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New procedure brings relief to dry eyes

Updated: 12/31/2012 - Millions of people are made miserable by dry eye disease, and with a variety of causes comes a variety of solutions like medications, eye drops and ointments, all of which strive to give patients a little relief. Now there is a new eye-opening option for dry eye sufferers called Lipiflow that only takes a few minutes.

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Cancer drug saves money and eye sight

Updated: 12/26/2012 - It is the leading cause of legal blindness in older Americans, and every year, 250,000 people in the U.S. are treated for Age-Related Macular Degeneration (A.M.D.)

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Double Diabetes

Updated: 12/19/2012 - Diabetes has been called the “epidemic of the 21st century,” and has killed more people than all cancers combined.

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The future of fighting the flu

Posted: 12/07/2012 - Every year between five and 20-percent of the U.S. population gets the flu, and those infected may be passing it along before they even know they are sick. But, researchers are currently hard at work developing better ways to fight the viral infection.

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Are you an "almost alcoholic?"

Updated: 12/04/2012 - An estimated 33 percent of all Americans misuse alcohol, a dangerous statistic that has resulted in 85,000 preventable deaths a year.

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New procedure replaces stomach stapling

Updated: 11/23/2012 - 60-million adults are now obese, a disease that costs 147-billion dollars to treat, Annually. As Maureen McFadden reports, a new less invasive procedure is helping people who've tried everything. To finally gain control of their weight.

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A simpler fix for knee problems

Updated: 11/14/2012 - In 2008 more than 600,000 total knee replacement surgeries were performed. A study released this year shows that the 2008 figure was up 134-percent from 1999. But one doctor says that many people could benefit from something much simpler.

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A new blood test for Alzheimer's Disease

Updated: 11/13/2012 - Cancer and heart attack both top the list of health concerns for most Americans, but Alzheimer’s Disease, the sixth leading cause of death, is a disease that ought to be on American’s radar.

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