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New therapies for epilepsy

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pilepsy is a chronic neurological condition that affects more than 2.5 million Americans. Uncontrollable seizures plague these patients’ lives. Until now, the only treatments were drugs and major surgery, but new therapies are on the horizon. More>>

Study touts health care workers with less than bachelor's degree

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Among Las Vegas workers with less than a bachelor’s degree only 3.5 percent hold jobs in the most common health care occupations, the lowest percentage among the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas, the Brookings Institution reported Wednesday night. More>>

Breath test can test for illnesses

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With most diseases, an early diagnosis means a better prognosis, but sometimes it's difficult, painful and expensive to test for illnesses. Now there's a new way to spot a variety of conditions and all it takes is a simple breath. More>>

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  • Bariatric Surgery for Diabetes

    Bariatric Surgery for Diabetes

    Monday, July 21 2014 4:48 PM EDT2014-07-21 20:48:09 GMT
    Nearly 90 percent of people with type-two diabetes are obese and as more Americans gain weight, more will likely face a diabetes diagnosis. In fact, the American diabetes association predicts that one in three adults will have diabetes by the year 2050.More>>
    Nearly 90 percent of people with type-two diabetes are obese and as more Americans gain weight, more will likely face a diabetes diagnosis. In fact, the American diabetes association predicts that one in three adults will have diabetes by the year 2050.More>>
  • Gastric bypass for diabetes type II patients

    Gastric bypass for diabetes type II patients

    Friday, July 18 2014 3:00 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:00:15 GMT
    Nearly 90 percent of people with type-two diabetes are obese and as more Americans gain weight, more will likely face a diabetes diagnosis. In fact, the American Diabetes Association predicts that one in three adults will have diabetes by the year 2050.
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    Nearly 90 percent of people with type-two diabetes are obese and as more Americans gain weight, more will likely face a diabetes diagnosis. In fact, the American Diabetes Association predicts that one in three adults will have diabetes by the year 2050.

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  • New 3D technology for knee replacements

    New 3D technology for knee replacements

    Monday, July 14 2014 4:41 PM EDT2014-07-14 20:41:39 GMT
    In the past 10 years, the number of total knee replacements in the U.S. has doubled and many of those patients are much younger than ever before.More>>
    In the past 10 years, the number of total knee replacements in the U.S. has doubled and many of those patients are much younger than ever before.More>>
  • Ankle replacements give patients new lease on life

    Ankle replacements give patients new lease on life

    Monday, July 14 2014 3:33 PM EDT2014-07-14 19:33:44 GMT
    More than 50 million Americans suffer from some form of arthritis. Between 6 percent and 13 percent of them have ankle arthritis. These patients feel pain with every single step they take, but now ankle replacements are giving patients a new lease on life.
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    More than 50 million Americans suffer from some form of arthritis. Between 6 percent and 13 percent of them have ankle arthritis, but now ankle replacements are giving patients a new lease on life.

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  • WalletHub: Nevada still has high percentage of uninsured residents

    WalletHub: Nevada still has high percentage of uninsured residents

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 1:39 PM EDT2014-07-09 17:39:25 GMT
    More Nevadans have health insurance with implementation of the Affordable Care Act but the state still has one of the nation’s highest percentages of uninsured residents, WalletHub reported Wednesday.More>>
    More Nevadans have health insurance with implementation of the Affordable Care Act but the state still has one of the nation’s highest percentages of uninsured residents, WalletHub reported Wednesday.More>>
  • Down Syndrome: The key to Alzheimer's?

    Down Syndrome: The key to Alzheimer's?

    More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's and more than 400,000 of them also have Down Syndrome.

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    More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's and more than 400,000 of them also have Down Syndrome.

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  • Experimental drug to prevent Alzheimer's tested

    Experimental drug to prevent Alzheimer's tested

    Monday, July 7 2014 12:09 PM EDT2014-07-07 16:09:03 GMT
    Everyone, no matter if you are a man or woman, family history or not, everyone with a brain is at risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Age is the biggest risk factor and America is aging.More>>
    Everyone, no matter if you are a man or woman, family history or not, everyone with a brain is at risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Age is the biggest risk factor and America is aging.More>>
  • Ruvo Center: Alzheimer's study shows most drugs don't work

    Ruvo Center: Alzheimer's study shows most drugs don't work

    Thursday, July 3 2014 7:10 PM EDT2014-07-03 23:10:13 GMT
    An alarming statistic on a study done in Las Vegas shows most Alzheimer's drugs fail. The study was conducted by the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.More>>
    An alarming statistic on a study done in Las Vegas shows most Alzheimer's drugs fail. The study was conducted by the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.More>>
  • Thinking cap stimulates the brain

    Thinking cap stimulates the brain

    A procedure that involves wearing a special cap which stimulates the brain could have widespread uses in mental health.

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    A procedure that involves wearing a special cap which stimulates the brain could have widespread uses in mental health.

     

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  • Shrinking prostates without surgery

    Shrinking prostates without surgery

    Friday, June 27 2014 3:57 PM EDT2014-06-27 19:57:53 GMT
    Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH for short, affects about half of men over age 60. It happens when the prostate becomes enlarged and often results in a host of unpleasant symptoms.More>>
    Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH for short, affects about half of men over age 60. It happens when the prostate becomes enlarged and often results in a host of unpleasant symptoms.
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  • New method for treating spinal compression fractures

    New method for treating spinal compression fractures

    Monday, June 23 2014 4:33 PM EDT2014-06-23 20:33:33 GMT
    As the baby boomer generation gets older, more than 40 million Americans are at risk for osteoporosis and vertebrae compression fractures.More>>
    As the baby boomer generation gets older, more than 40 million Americans are at risk for osteoporosis and vertebrae compression fractures.
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  • Giving Alexis Sight: Low Vision Readers

    Giving Alexis Sight: Low Vision Readers

    Friday, June 20 2014 4:55 PM EDT2014-06-20 20:55:40 GMT
    Eyeglasses or contacts usually don’t help some types of vision loss, but now a new patented pair of glasses is helping give these patients their ability to read again.More>>
    Eyeglasses or contacts usually don’t help some types of vision loss, but now a new patented pair of glasses is helping give these patients their ability to read again.More>>
  • Heat being used to defeat ovarian cancer

    Heat being used to defeat ovarian cancer

    Monday, June 16 2014 3:50 PM EDT2014-06-16 19:50:00 GMT
    About 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year and more than 14,000 die. It’s a sneaky and serious cancer that’s often caught too late.More>>
    About 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year and more than 14,000 die. It’s a sneaky and serious cancer that’s often caught too late.
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  • Bionic hand for soldiers

    Bionic hand for soldiers

    Friday, June 13 2014 4:48 PM EDT2014-06-13 20:48:35 GMT
    There have been several advances in lower limb prosthetics in recent years, but upper limb devices haven't changed much.More>>
    There have been several advances in lower limb prosthetics in recent years, but upper limb devices haven't changed much.More>>
  • More Viva Scope: Fewer biopsies

    More Viva Scope: Fewer biopsies

    Tuesday, June 10 2014 4:55 PM EDT2014-06-10 20:55:28 GMT
    Doctors can now use a new device that checks for skin cancer just beneath the surface allowing patients to save face.More>>
    Doctors can now use a new device that checks for skin cancer just beneath the surface allowing patients to save face.More>>
  • New hope for dialysis: Bio engineered blood vessels

    New hope for dialysis: Bio engineered blood vessels

    Friday, June 6 2014 5:08 PM EDT2014-06-06 21:08:22 GMT
    Nearly 400-thousand Americans are on dialysis for kidney failure. The treatment uses a special machine to filter toxins from the blood and often requires a graft to connect an artery to a vein to speed blood flow.More>>
    Nearly 400-thousand Americans are on dialysis for kidney failure. The treatment uses a special machine to filter toxins from the blood and often requires a graft to connect an artery to a vein to speed blood flow.More>>
  • Parkinson's: Stop the Shaking

    Parkinson's: Stop the Shaking

    Monday, June 2 2014 3:56 PM EDT2014-06-02 19:56:12 GMT
    Deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease has been a successful treatment option for more than a decade, but only for some patients.More>>
    Deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease has been a successful treatment option for more than a decade, but only for some patients. More>>
  • A mother's mission to save her sons

    A mother's mission to save her sons

    Friday, May 30 2014 3:50 PM EDT2014-05-30 19:50:47 GMT
    Two brothers; one uses the stairs, the other a ramp. Both have Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The disease affects mostly boys, and usually kills them before their 21st birthday.More>>
    KINGSTON, Mass. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Two brothers; one uses the stairs, the other a ramp. Both have Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The disease affects mostly boys, and usually kills them before their 21st birthday. However, 12-year-old Max is getting what some are calling a miracle drug. His 15-year-old brother Austin is not allowed to take the drug."This is actually completely ludicrous," Jenn McNary told Ivanhoe.She's their mother who is watching one thriving and the other slowly dying." I k...More>>
  • Physicians warn of heat-related illnesses

    Physicians warn of heat-related illnesses

    Wednesday, May 28 2014 10:33 AM EDT2014-05-28 14:33:19 GMT
    As triple-digit temperatures hit the valley, health experts are urging people to take precautions and avoid heat-related illness.More>>
    As triple-digit temperatures hit the valley, health experts are urging people to take precautions and avoid heat-related illness.More>>
  • Saving Sabrina: Double umbilical cord transplant

    Saving Sabrina: Double umbilical cord transplant

    Tuesday, May 27 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-05-27 17:25:41 GMT
     Every four minutes, one person in the U.S. is diagnosed with a blood cancer. More>>
     Every four minutes, one person in the U.S. is diagnosed with a blood cancer. More>>
  • Death calculator: Predicting heart failure

    Death calculator: Predicting heart failure

    Tuesday, May 27 2014 1:19 PM EDT2014-05-27 17:19:36 GMT
    Elijah Ali and his son Rafee share a love for healthy eating and sports. However, despite his active and healthy lifestyle, Ali developed heart failure at age 43 after a virus attacked his body.More>>
    Elijah Ali and his son Rafee share a love for healthy eating and sports. However, despite his active and healthy lifestyle, Ali developed heart failure at age 43 after a virus attacked his body. More>>
  • Fighting aging through dentistry

    Fighting aging through dentistry

    Monday, May 19 2014 4:01 PM EDT2014-05-19 20:01:21 GMT
     Lotions, lasers, peels, and even surgery. There are endless ways to fight aging. How about a visit to your dentist?More>>
     Lotions, lasers, peels, and even surgery. There are endless ways to fight aging. How about a visit to your dentist?More>>
  • Surviving an acid attack: Healing with lasers

    Surviving an acid attack: Healing with lasers

    Friday, May 16 2014 3:54 PM EDT2014-05-16 19:54:41 GMT
    An acid attack left her suffering with burns on most of her body. Now, new advances in lasers are melting away her scars and giving her her life back.More>>
    An acid attack left her suffering with burns on most of her body. Now, new advances in lasers are melting away her scars and giving her her life back.More>>
  • Fighting for young lives: Misdiagnosed

    Fighting for young lives: Misdiagnosed

    Thursday, May 15 2014 2:43 PM EDT2014-05-15 18:43:35 GMT
    Today, 6-year-old Daniella Jennings can run and play, but a few months ago she was more like a limp rag doll, gravely ill and no one could figure out why.  More>>
    Today, 6-year-old Daniella Jennings can run and play, but a few months ago she was more like a limp rag doll, gravely ill and no one could figure out why.  More>>
  • Prostate cancer: No more worried waiting

    Prostate cancer: No more worried waiting

    Friday, May 9 2014 4:36 PM EDT2014-05-09 20:36:33 GMT
    Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in U.S. men. While some will require harsh therapies, many men will have cancers that grow slowly and don’t need to be treated right away… or at all. Until now – it’s been a waiting game.More>>
    Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in U.S. men. While some will require harsh therapies, many men will have cancers that grow slowly and don’t need to be treated right away… or at all. Until now – it’s been a waiting game.
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  • New treatment shows promise for reoccurring breast cancer

    New treatment shows promise for reoccurring breast cancer

    Friday, May 9 2014 2:10 PM EDT2014-05-09 18:10:51 GMT
    Two years ago, doctors told Lisa Ridgeway she had triple negative breastcancer, a very aggressive disease with no cure.More>>
    Two years ago, doctors told Lisa Ridgeway she had triple negative breastcancer, a very aggressive disease with no cure.More>>
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