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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. Cigarette smoking kills more than 480,000 Americans each year.

Close to 800,000 Americans each year suffer a new or recurrent stroke, and while stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, there are nearly 7 million stroke survivors in the U.S.

  Thanks to high-definition cameras, monitors and advances in communications technology, and driven by a growing shortage of physicians, telehealth is quickly growing in use and popularity. It allows a patient to consult with a healthcare provider remotely instead of traveling to an office or clinic, and the costs involved are usually much less than a traditional office visit. Joining us to look at how telehealth is helping to change the practice of medicine are Dr. Debi Sampsel, chief officer of innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing; Pam Kimmel, director of telehealth for UC Health; and, Megan Gresham, director of corporate communications with Maple Knoll Village.

  There are approximately 14.5 million cancer survivors in the United States. Once their treatment for cancer ends, many of these individuals find it difficult to make the transition to what becomes their new normal, where they must adjust to new feelings, new problems, and different ways of looking at the world. To help these survivors,  a new field of cancer care called cancer survivorship has evolved.

  

  

  Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, with about one man in seven being diagnosed with the disease during his lifetime. Yet most men with prostate cancer don'’t die from it. Here to discuss the causes and treatments for prostate cancer, and the latest in available research, are, with the University of Cincinnati  Cancer Institute, Dr. Sadhna Verma, a UC Health radiologist, and Dr.

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Doctors say it is something in the air that's helping infertile couples conceive at West Chester Hospital. Ever since the installation of a high-tech air filtration system the UC Health Center for Reproductive Health has seen a 20% increase in fertility for in vitro fertilization.

Medical Director  Krystene DiPaola, MD, says the national average is 40%. In West Chester it's 60%.

 

  An estimated 1.7 million people sustain traumatic brain injuries each year in the United States, and more than 50,000 of those individuals die from their injuries. New research is being conducted to reduce the number of deaths and permanent disabilities caused by head trauma. Joining us to discuss one current clinical trial are University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Associate Professor of Surgery and trauma surgeon with UC Health, Dr.

 

  

  A 25-year study involving 90,000 Canadian women aged 40 to 59 found no benefit for women who were randomly assigned to have mammograms. It found death rates from breast cancer and from all causes were the same in women who got mammograms and those who did not. The study continues the controversy over the value of mammograms in detecting cancer. Dr.

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This is what actor Christopher Reeve dreamed of... a bionic machine that helps paralyzed people walk. Drake Center is one of 20 facilities in the world to have an Exoskeleton. It is kind of like a backpack with leg and foot support. Therapists program the parameters and paraplegics can walk slowly. For 29 year old Kevin Moeller, who's been in a wheelchair ten years, it gives him new freedom and the ability to have his natural height of six foot. Ann Thompson reports in "Focus on Technology."

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