The ABCs of hepatitis and why it’s a serious disease

Chronic hepatitis can be a very serious disease. Hyder Jamal, M.D., a liver specialist and gastroenterologist at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, Calif., explains why detection and treatment of hepatitis A, B and C is so important.

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“Health Matters” wins two Communicator Awards!

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“Health Matters with Dr. Larry Santora” has won two Communicator Awards of Distinction for excellence in video programming. Congratulations!



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Treating Parkinson’s disease with deep brain stimulation

Parkinson’s disease is a debilitating condition, and a new treatment — deep brain stimulation or DBS — may help patients with tremors and shuffling. Neurosurgeon Alexander Taghva, M.D., explains the symptoms and treatments of Parkinson’s and which patients are good candidates for DBS implantation.

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Pistachios, cashews, walnuts and more: Nuts are a good food

Nuts are generally a healthy snack, but which nuts are best and how much is too much? Larry Santora, M.D., explains which nuts are healthiest. (Video footage courtesy Super King Markets.)

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Avoiding open-heart surgery with a valve implant

Kathy Bruce’s life was in jeopardy when one of her heart valves was failing. Fortunately, the implantation of a valve from a cow allowed her to avoid a fifth open-heart surgery. Bruce and Farhouch Berdjis, M.D., director of the Adult Congenital Heart Program at St. Joseph Hospital, discuss the procedure that saved her life.

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Dick Butkus and Deacon Jones talk football

Pro Football Hall of Fame legends Dick Butkus and Deacon Jones came together May 4, 2012, for a lively discussion about their storied football careers — from Jones’ famed head slap and his historic coining of the term “quarterback sack” to Butkus’ singular “mean” style for playing the game and how that competitive attitude helped him after his pro football career. Jones, who was known as the “Secretary of Defense,” passed away June 3, 2013.

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“I may not be as proud of the ‘head slap’ as I once was.”

Part 1: Pro Football Hall of Fame players Dick Butkus and Deacon Jones engage in a very lively discussion about their extraordinary pro football careers, including the health risks associated with the game and how their playing days compare with today’s NFL. Both players have channeled their legendary status toward helping the community: Jones supports urban youth through the Deacon Jones Foundation, and Butkus focuses on student athletes and steroid awareness with his I Play Clean program.

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“If you’re going to take a bribe, then take a bribe.”

Part 2: Pro Football Hall of Fame players Dick Butkus and Deacon Jones continue their high-spirited conversation about the pros and cons of playing professional football — including their opinions on today’s bounties for defensive players.

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“No symptoms at all, but I required a five-way bypass.”

Part 3: Legendary football players Dick Butkus and Deacon Jones share the same birthday; both were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and each had life-saving heart surgery.

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Step-by-step: Less-invasive surgery for abdominal aortic aneurysms

Abdominal aortic aneurysms kill almost 15,000 Americans each year. If detected early, new minimally invasive surgical techniques can correct this dangerous condition. Vascular surgeon Russell Montgomery, M.D., walks you step by step through the symptoms and treatment.

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