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  • Medical Breakthroughs

    Melanoma drug: Lifesaver and game changer

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on Apr 13, 21:32

    More than 76,000 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed this year, and about 10,000 people in the U.S. will die from this form of skin cancer. Until now, there was no hope for melanoma that spread to other areas of the body. But for the first time, a new drug is changing the game […]

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    Limb transplant gel: Saving hands, feet and faces

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on Apr 08, 8:05

    When a person loses an arm or a leg and prepares for a transplant, rejection is always a concern. Patients must take immunosuppressant drugs for the rest of their lives to fight rejection, but the drugs can wreak havoc on the rest of the body. Now scientists have developed a new way to deliver the […]

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    Mystery disease: Fingernails tell all

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on Mar 31, 7:36

    Imagine losing your hair, vomiting every time you ate and living in extreme pain. Now, imagine if doctors couldn’t help you because they couldn’t figure out what was wrong. That’s exactly what happened to one woman — art teacher, Ingrid Dick. Dick says she loves watching her students at work, “just seeing what comes out of […]

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    Rare transplant for cystic fibrosis

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on Mar 24, 8:07

    Thousands of children and adults in the U.S. are living with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that affects the lungs. For some, a lung transplant is the only hope for survival. One woman, however, had more than her lungs transplanted. Kyra Valdez doesn’t take a day for granted. A year ago, shopping would have been […]

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    Blood cleansing as possible new treatment for sepsis

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on Mar 17, 7:41

    Every year, severe sepsis strikes more than a million Americans, and as many as 50 percent of these people die. The deadly infection often happens too fast for antibiotics to help. Now, a new device inspired by the human spleen could transform the way doctors treat sepsis and many other diseases. Appendicitis, urinary tract infections, […]

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    Visual technology aids doctors in precision surgery

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on Feb 25, 13:35

    Traditionally, back surgery requires surgeons to make a large opening in order to fuse the spine, and for patients, that means a longer hospital stay, lengthy recovery time and higher risk of infection. Minimally invasive procedures are sometimes an option, but a new imaging system may make a huge difference. Jim Dawson, 69, likes to […]

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    Ohio State University program available to help adults with autism

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on Feb 06, 19:17

    Recent statistics show one in every 68 babies has autism. The U.S. spends $11.5 billion dollars a year on education and treatment for kids with the disorder. But what happens when those kids grow into adults? Only about 10-15 percent of adults with autism are able to live independently, according to Dr. Christopher Hanks, a […]

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    Joint replacement for the spine increases mobility in patients

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on Jan 10, 12:37

    Eileen Eckert is a mother, grandmother and now a great-grandmother. But keeping up with the little ones was tough when she developed spinal stenosis, a condition that causes narrowing of the spinal canal, resulting in lots of pain. “It was a stabbing pain,” said Eckert. “It just got more and more painful.” Some people with […]

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    Habba Syndrome or Irritable Bowl?

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on Jun 18, 18:19

    Forty-five million Americans struggle with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and the discomfort it often brings — stomach pain, constipation or diarrhea. But, those patients who have been unable to find relief from traditional treatment may not actually have IBS. Instead, it could be a newly diagnosed digestive condition. There was a time when Deborah Wilson hated […]

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    Virtual pet game manages asthma

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on Jun 17, 17:38

    Studies show the average length of time children spend playing video games is 13.2 hours per week. One company is putting that gaming time to good use creating fun, interactive games to help manage their health issues. Nine-year-old Allison Wu is an avid gymnast, but sometimes her asthma can make her body feel off balance. […]

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    Industrial Athlete: Getting heart patients back to work

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on May 21, 14:10

    Industrial athletes are firefighters, police officers, FedEx drivers, and warehouse workers — people who depend on physical fitness and strength to do their job. When these people have heart attacks, they need more intense therapy before they can get back to work. More than half a million heart surgeries are performed each year in the […]

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    Smile surgery: Turn that frown upside down

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on May 20, 13:46

    A smile can brighten someone’s day, it’s a way to greet each other and it makes us feel good, but what if you couldn’t smile? For some people, it’s impossible. Their facial muscles don’t move. Now, surgeons are using state of the art techniques to get them smiling. Grinning from ear to ear, your smile […]

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    Fixing fibroids

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on May 16, 18:59

    Pilates studio owner Tonya Amos needs her body to run her business. However, the former professional dancer started feeling intense pain. A visit to her doctor revealed the cause. “She said, ‘Does this hurt’ and she pushed on my abdomen, and I said, ‘Yeah that hurts,’ and she said, ‘Yeah that’s a fibroid,’” Amos told […]

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    Facelift dentistry

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on May 15, 18:31

    Lotions, lasers, peels, and even surgery. There are endless ways to fight aging. How about a visit to your dentist? “This is one of the only procedures that you can benefit from a health perspective and look 10 years younger,” Sam Muslin, DDS at FaceLift Dentistry in Santa Monica, Calif., told Ivanhoe. Muslin performs his […]

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    Saving Sabrina: Double umbilical cord transplant

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on May 14, 18:05

    Every four minutes, one person in the U.S. is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Blood stem cell transplants have become a standard way to treat children with leukemia and other blood disorders, but have been limited for only small children. Now, doctors are saving older children by transplanting not just one, but two umbilical cords. […]

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    Death calculator: Predicting heart failure

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on May 13, 19:41

    Elijah Ali and his son Rafee share a love for healthy eating and sports. “[We] love to walk, love to run, play ball, [and] sports,” Ali told Ivanhoe. “I get all my game from my dad,” Rafee told Ivanhoe. “He was the first one to put the ball in my hand when I was a […]

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    Dyslexia glasses?

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on May 12, 18:18

    Dyslexia is a learning disorder characterized by difficulty reading and it could affect up to 15 percent of the U.S. population. There’s no cure, but now more and more people are finding new ways to deal with their diagnosis using ChromaGen lenses. Although cleared by the FDA for use with reading problems including visual dyslexia […]

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    Must-have medical tech devices for seniors

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on May 02, 17:51

    There are almost 40 million Americans over the age of 65. Five years from now, that number is going to double. That means one-in-five people will be in their mid-60s. Those 85 and older will stand for 15 percent of the population. Seniors want independence and new technology is allowing them to live at home […]

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    Dodging diabetes without drugs

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on Apr 30, 17:59

    Before people develop type 2 diabetes, they go through a period of time where their blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes — it’s called prediabetes. Now, researchers are shedding light on what can be done at this early stage. Last year registered nurse Eugene […]

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    Legal highs?

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on Apr 28, 18:31

    They can cause seizures, comas and even death – but you can buy them online, at gas stations or even in certain stores. We’re talking about “legal highs.” You can smoke them, or swallow them. Toxicologist Richard Clark says the new ways to abuse drugs are all legal. “Some people call these legal highs,” Richard […]