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     With so much bad news on the international front and so many broadcasters focusing mostly on crime in their own communities, I feel blessed to be involved in bringing you the news we do. Solutions to problems or at least options and possibilities are what I turn to tv news for as well as breaking news. I hope you do also and my suggestion is that you pick up the phone and call your local tv station news director to leave a message every time you see a story that you like. I promise you they hear from viewers with complaints far more often than they hear praise so your words have far more impact than you would imagine. Just 5 phone calls on the same topic make news people pay attention. And I hope some of those stories you praise are from Ivanhoe!

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  •      Last year in the US, doctors diagnosed 18,000 new cases of cancer of the esophagus. Dr Sharona Ross and Dr Alex Rosemurgy at Florida Hospital Tampa are teaming up for a delicate, robotic surgery to remove the esophagus and help patients recover faster than ever before.
  •      One million men undergo prostate biopsies every year and not all are useful. Dr Kathryn Fowler and Dr Gerald Andriole at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis are studying MRI targeted biopsies. They are two to eight times more effective at detecting cancer than a traditional biopsy. In fact, these two doctors predict that prostate cancer screenings may eventually be like mammography screenings for breast cancer.
  •      Eight hundred thousand Americans suffer strokes every year and researchers at Washington University School of Medicine are testing an innovative system that retrains the uninjured side of the brain, helping stroke patients regain their mobility. Dr Eric Leuthardt is an expert in the field of brain computer interface and he and his colleagues are testing a stroke glove called an IPSI Hand.

     As usual, we have three special reports on the website this week. The first one is called “Marathon Heart” and will be of interest to the 11 million people who ran marathons in the last 10 years and the millions more who will run them in the next future. Then we have a report, “Sleep Stealers in Kids.” Dr Lewis Milrod at St Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ has some excellent advice. Finally, “Boutique Medicine: Pay-As-You-Go Healthcare?” identifies what some people are doing when their health insurance policy won’t pay for procedures they really think they need. Dr Scott Blumenthal, Orthopedic Surgeon at Texas Back Institute in Dallas has one answer.

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