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Food Fraud


Linked to dozens of deaths in Europe, Germany’s E. coli outbreak has people around the world wondering how safe their food really is. Here, in the United States, special agents are working hard to keep your family safe from counterfeit food.  The underground industry brings in about $50 billion a year. But deception and mislabeling may leave you misinformed or even dead.
From the grocery store to the farmer's market to your refrigerator…What you’re buying and what you’re eating may not be what it seems.
Doug Karas, with the FDA, says there are two ways food fraud works: One, by cheating the weight of a product. Two, by substituting a lower quality item.
The most well-known counterfeit products are olive oil, honey and seafood.
The National Seafood Inspection Laboratory determined 34 percent of all fish sold in the U.S. wasn’t really the species we thought we were buying. Only 2 percent of all imported fish is inspected by the FDA.
“When a fish is fillet, it’s very difficult to tell one fish from another,” Karas told Ivanhoe.

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Back Surgery: Closing the Gap


Every year, U.S. surgeons perform more than half a million back surgeries to relieve disc-related pain. As many as 30 percent of those patients have recurrent problems. Orthopedic specialists are testing a new procedure that might prevent patients from needing a second surgery.
Imagine not being able to walk, sit or bend without feeling intense pain.
"By the time I came home every day, I was close to tears, and the only comfortable position I could find would be lying flat on the floor," back patient JoAnn Seaman told Ivanhoe.
A herniated, or damaged disc in Seaman's lower spine was pushing against a nerve. Surgery was the best option. Typically, doctors remove the portion of the disc causing the pain, but it leaves a hole behind. This can lead to another injury.
"At least 10 percent of the patients who have a discectomy will have a re-herniation of that disc," Eugene Bonaroti, M.D., a neurosurgeon at West Penn Allegheny Health System in Pittsburgh, Penn., told Ivanhoe.
Doctors are now testing a device designed to close the gap for good. The new repair system acts like a mini-sewing machine. The tip of the device is inserted into the disc wall. It anchors sutures on either side of the hole and pulls it shut for patients.

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Smart Pills: Photos, Fins and Phones


They work their way through your body sending signals instead of delivering medicine.  Right now smart pills are helping solve medical mysteries and can do a whole lot more. They’re making a tough diagnosis much easier to swallow.
Having fun with his family until recently Jesse Krusinkski would have much rather stayed in his room than hang out with anyone.
“I started realizing I was getting more tired and more tired and I started getting pains in my stomach," Jesse Krusinski told Ivanhoe.
For two and a half years doctors couldn’t figure out the problem
“It was hard because there was nothing we could do, or give Jesse to make him feel better,” Cheryl Krusinski, Jesse’s mother, said
“We took him to the hospital and they did tests multiple times, upper GI, lower GI, they’d show us the pictures, they’d be completely clear,” John Krusinski, Jesse’s father, said.
“I was frustrated.  I was tired of not knowing the answer,” Jesse Krisinski said.
Then at the Cleveland clinic, Dr. Lori Mahajan recommended Jesse take one little pill.
“They swallow it with six to eight ounces of water,” Lori Mahajan,M.D.,  fellowship director at the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital, explained.
The pillcam has a small camera on board. It wirelessly beams pictures to a recording device.

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Gene Revolution: Your DNA Details


It's a gene revolution. Now you can learn about your past, present, and maybe even your future -- from your intelligence to your health risks -- with just one drop of blood, one swab or spit.
They are the building blocks of who you are. They make up your personality and affect your health. But what do your genes reveal? From baldness to blindness, hundreds of Internet tests promise to give a digital glimpse into your future.
"As you get older and when you have children, you become more and more interested about what's going to happen to you and what you are going to pass on to them," Harriett Levin Balkind told Ivanhoe.
Levin Balkind keeps fit inside and out, but she worries about what she can't control -- Parkinson's, hereditary heart disease and Alzheimer's.
"My husband's father died of Alzheimer's and on my side of the family, my father's sisters both had Alzheimer's," she said.
She and her husband turned to a private company to test their DNA … not only for themselves, but to help predict future health issues of their only son.
"It's such a fascinating way to learn about yourself and we thought why not take this out to individuals, give them an opportunity to learn about their own genetics?" Linda Avey, co-founder of 23andMe in Mountain view, Calif., said.

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