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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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Drug Shortages: New prevention methods

Updated: 11/09/2012 - Hundreds of drugs in the U.S. are unavailable to those who need them most. And after years of watching the situation get worse and worse, something is finally being done about it.

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Study: Vitamins don't lower heart risks in men

Posted: 11/05/2012 - The largest study to test daily multivitamin use finds they modestly lowered the risk for cancer in middle-aged and older men but did not seem to affect the chances of developing heart disease.

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New machine offers temporary solution to high cholesterol

Updated: 11/05/2012 - Millions of Americans have cholesterol levels high enough to put them at risk for heart attack or stroke. A new machine has been introduced to help lower cholesterol levels, even if only temporarily.

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Drug shortages: Impact on patients

Updated: 11/02/2012 - Critical drugs are coming up short across the country, and doctors are being forced to put patients on treatments that are less effective than potentially life-saving drugs.

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The road to recovery: Kevin Lewis' hand surgery

Updated: 10/31/2012 - The list of everyday tasks that require your hands is infinite, from taking a shower, brushing your teeth, cooking, and even working. Newscenter 16's Kevin Lewis has learned the difficulties of life with a finger injury first-hand.

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90 Michigan cases, 6 deaths in meningitis outbreak

Posted: 10/29/2012 - Authorities are reporting 90 infections and six deaths in Michigan in a national outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to contaminated steroids from a Massachusetts pharmacy.

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Childhood strokes going undetected

Updated: 10/29/2012 - For the first time in decades, reports show that while the elderly are suffering fewer strokes, strokes among younger populations, even children, are on the rise.

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