Rhabdomyosarcoma or Rhabdo for short is a childhood cancer that often turns deadly. It only affects a couple hundred kids in the U.S. each year, but a diagnosis can be devastating. Doctors are close to a treatment and they have fruit flies to thank for it.
Bad bacteria can lead to disease or even death. But there are billions of other kinds that could do your body a lot of good. In this report, Helene has more on probiotics and tips on how to take them.
Strokes are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of long-term disability. In this report: "simple seven", health factors that can score your risk for stroke.
FOCUS REPORT: EASIER SHOULDER SURGERY
Obesity & diabetes are both epidemics in America. New in this report, the effect of gastric bypass surgery on diabetes.
Lupus. It's one of those scary diseases you may have heard of but have no idea what it is. Since the 1950's the chances of living with Lupus for more than 5 years has increased from 50% to 95%. But it is still a struggle for the estimated 1.5 million Americans who have it.
Today's sunny skies and warm breezes leave last season's flu outbreak in the rear-view mirror. Although who can forget all our attempts to halt the spread -hand sanitizers and anti-biotic wipes showing up everywhere? As Helene explains, one of the best ways to control that spread is a no-brainer: stay home.
FOCUS REPORT: PAINLESS RECEDING GUM CURE! NO SURGERY, NO SUTURES, ALL SMILES.
Most of us lose some of our hearing as we get older. And being hard of hearing can be hard on other aspects of our health as well.
FOCUS REPORT: I-PHONES FOR EAR INFECTIONS
Premature births put babies at increased risk. New research finds premature births are associated with how much an expectant mother weighs.
FOCUS REPORT: LIGHTNING FAST LASER FOR CATARACTS.
Designated drivers. They're the ones we leave the driving to when we've had one too many. But as Helene reports, new research warns your faith may be misplaced.
FOCUS REPORT: blood pressure IQ.
Cautionary news about common pain relievers That almost everyone takes at one time or another. If you use them in high doses, new research says you may be at greater risk for heart trouble.
FOCUS REPORT: LUNG IN A BOX
Dogs are great companions. They get us walking more. They help the blind. They're good in senior centers. And as Helene reports, service dogs can help with depression and other mental health disorders.
We all spend a lot more time outside in the summer months. This is a good time to get a primer on cat & dog bites.
The days of summer are almost upon us, and that means sunbathing - and sunscreens. We know sunscreens protect us from harmful rays that can cause skin cancer. But as Helene reports, what if they're also a fountain of youth?
FOCUS REPORT: BUILDING A SPINE FOR AULANA
If you found out that doing just four things could dramatically increase your life span, would you be interested?
FOCUS REPORT: LULLABIES FOR BABY JOHN - SINGING MOMS HELP PREEMIES EAT.
New research on breast cancer. As Helene explains, it may mean new guidelines for a widely-used drug.
FOCUS REPORT: CANCER KILLING COMBO? NEW LUNG CANCER TREATMENT
This report is of special interest to senior citizens and to those who care for them. It's about older people who go under general anesthesia and how it may affect them later.
FOCUS REPORT - TAG TEAM FOR TICKERS! HYBRID HELP FOR A-FIB
News about babies and how they sleep - or don't sleep. If your little one has trouble staying in dreamland, research says there may be little you can do about it.
FOCUS REPORT: MACULAR DEGENERATION - IMPLANTABLE TELESCOPE IMPROVES VISION
Everyone looks for medicines that can prevent disease.In this Family HealthCast: whether an anti- depressant medicine can help prevent a form of heart disease.
It's a big problem for workers: carpal tunnel.
Good news for women. It seems that taking a commonly available substance - calcium - can reduce your risk of death.
FOCUS REPORT: SAY WHAT!? THE INVISIBLE HEARING AID
Some surprising news about weight-loss surgery. As Helene reports, it seems that mothers who have the procedure may actually help their children stay slimmer.
KIDNEY STONE SMARTS: THE TRUTH ABOUT COLA & CALCIUM
Words of caution about Parkinson's Disease. With the hot weather upon us, a common garden activity has been implicated in the illness.
BLADDER MATTERS: THE INCONTINENCE IMPLANT FOR KIDS
Have you ever walked out of a doctor's office trying to remember what was said? In this report: an easy way to improve your recall.
New research suggests that women who are depressed are also at increased risk for stroke.
Macular degeneration is a big problem with the aging population. In this report: whether supplements can slow the progression of this blinding disease.
An aAspirin a day to keep a heart attack away? For some, aspirin can irritate the stomach. As Helene reports, the coating on the aspirin can make a difference.
Helene tells us about the kind you don't smoke, but you may want to inject, a "smokin" flu vaccine.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome - four of the most chilling words a new parent can hear. Now a new study finds one possible way to reduce the risk.
FOCUS REPORT - DEADLY BRAIN DRAIN: FIXING A LEAKY SKULL
A warning for young drivers - and for their parents. It's about what can happen to young people behind the wheel who are also behind on their sleep.
FOCUS REPORT: KOTA HEALTH EXTRA - THE REGULATION DEBATE
Binge drinking among college students. The latest research says it's a bigger problem for females than for their male classmates.
FOCUS REPORT: GASTRIC BYPASS HYPNOSIS: HELP OR HYPE?