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August 26th, 2010
04:55 PM ET

New therapy promising against metastatic melanoma

Approximately 60,000  new cases of melanoma, will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2010. The disease, which is the most serious type of skin cancer, accounts for about 10,000  deaths each year. That's according to the American Cancer Society. And although melanoma is treatable when caught early, after it spreads to other parts of the body, a patient is usually given a grim diagnosis of less than a year to live.

Now a  study in the New England Journal of Medicine reports a new drug treatment may help some of these patients live longer.

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August 26th, 2010
04:47 PM ET

Flu deaths 'a moving target,' CDC says

When it comes to estimating how many people will die annually from the flu, the Centers for Disease Control says averages just don't explain the full picture.

"Flu is really unpredictable," explains Dr. David Shay, a medical officer with the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. "Flu deaths are a moving target."

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August 26th, 2010
11:53 AM ET

TEDMED: Donna Karan designs for healing

You may recognize Donna Karan from her fashion lines, but she's also got a project going that aims to redesign patient care.

Karan founded the Urban Zen Foundation, an organization that aims to promote patient advocacy and well-being in health care, integrating alternative approaches such as yoga.

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August 26th, 2010
08:45 AM ET

Docs' beliefs affect end-of-life care

If you think your beliefs are the only ones that affect your health care, pay attention to this: A doctor's own religious practice can become quite relevant to patient care, especially when end-of-life issues come into play.

A new study finds that doctors who are not religious are more likely to take steps to help end a very sick patient's life, and to discuss these kinds of decisions, than doctors who are very religious.

The study, published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, surveyed more than 8,500 doctors in the United Kingdom across a wide range of specialties such as neurology, palliative care, and general practice.

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August 26th, 2010
08:31 AM ET

Are hallucinations an Alzheimer's symptom?

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question.  On Wednesdays, it's Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer at the
American Cancer Society
.

Question asked by Tina of Sacramento, California

Is hearing things that aren't there a symptom of Alzheimer's? Is Alzheimer's treatable?

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