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  • Medical Breakthroughs

    The Science of Sugar: What sugar may be doing to our bodies

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on May 25, 21:34

    Americans are consuming more sugar than ever before. But what effect is this sweet trend having on our health? Laura Schmidt, a professor at University of California San Francisco, says Americans consume nearly three times more sugar than is recommended. “Currently we’re consuming about twice as much as we did say in 1970,” she said. […]

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    Pitch Perfect: Saving athletes’ arms

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on May 18, 22:07

    Since 2000, there’s been a five-fold increase in the number of serious shoulder and elbow injuries among youth baseball and softball players. Now, doctors have a new way to predict whether an injury is likely to happen. With every pitch, Matt Schultz is closer to his dream of playing in the big leagues. “I don’t […]

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    Evaheart: Heart assist device designed to eliminate blood clots

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on May 12, 7:04

    When someone’s heart is severely damaged, doctors may be able to implant a mechanical pump — sometimes as a permanent assist to the heart, or as a temporary measure until transplant. Now, for the first time in the United States, experts are testing a new device designed to eliminate one of the bigger risks. George […]

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    Kids & sushi: Healthy eating

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on May 05, 10:01

    There are almost 4,000 sushi restaurants in the U.S., and the Japanese dish continues to gain popularity, even with kids. If your child is one who does like sushi, it’s important to be safe. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends that children under 5 don’t consume raw fish or shellfish, and Susan Mitchell, PhD, […]

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    The meat you eat: Antibiotics in our food

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on Apr 28, 8:50

    Each year, 23,000 Americans die and eight million are hospitalized as a result of antibiotic-resistant infections, and it has nothing to do with prescription medication. Here are some reasons why you may want to take a closer look at what is on your plate. It might look good, but what is added to beef, pork […]

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    Lasers help acne and rosacea

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on Apr 21, 7:46

    Skins conditions such as acne and rosacea can damage confidence and destroy self-esteem, but now a cutting-edge treatment is providing results faster than ever before. For actress Shanae Harris, her face is her calling card. “I’ll feel like I’m there, I’m performing, and they’re not looking at me,” said Harris. “They’re looking at that one […]

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    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 […]