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Graves' Disease

Learn more about hyperthyroidism, Graves' disease and the surgery that can reverse the side effects of protruding eyes.

TMJ Treatment
Suzanne, 45, has suffered from TMJ, an inflammation of the temporal-mandibular joint in the jaw, for the last several years. She's tried everything to combat the pain, including medication, acupuncture, and wearing a night guard in her mouth while she sleeps.

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Alex Rivkin says that Botox may be a solution for those suffering from TMJ.

He explains that Botox injected into the masseter muscles of the jaw can cause the muscles to shrink or atrophy, and as the muscles weaken, they cease to spasm and cause pain.

Dr. Rivkin injects Suzanne's jaw with Botox and she reports that her pain has markedly decreased.


Bionic Eye Technology
Science fiction stories have touted bionic body parts for more than a century. Fiction becomes reality at the U.S. Department of Energy Artificial Retina Project, where ophthalmologist Dr. Mark S. Humayun and his team have developed a bionic eye.

"The research we're doing is using state-of-the-art implantable electronics to restore sight to the blind," Dr. Humayan says.

Go inside the lab to see how the technology works!


Earlobe Rejuvenation
Nancy asks The Doctors if there's a way to rejuvenate her earlobes and make her look younger.


"Earlobes age just like other parts of our face," plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon explains. "All those years of wearing heavy earrings, and the earlobes get a lot of sun, which actually forms wrinkles, too."

Dr. Ordon and fellow plastic surgeon Dr. Chopra inject Nancy's earlobes with Hydrelle, a hyaluronic acid filler. The results are plump and juicy lobes!


Treatment for Intoed Feet
Beverley's daughter, 2-and-a-half-year-old Madison, has intoed feet. Madison started walking when she was 8-months-old, and her mother noticed her legs would bow out, while her feet pointed inward.

Doctors assured Beverley that Madison's legs would likely straighten as her hips rotated as she grew. As time went on, however, Beverley noticed that Madison's toes continued to rotate inward.

Beverley turns to podiatrist Dr. Ali Sadrieh for help.

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"The best thing you can do for your child is early intervention," Dr. Sadrieh says. "The sooner we start, the more conservative the care, and the easier it is to resolve this problem."


Dr. Sadrieh fits Madison with a pair of custom-made orthotics to properly align her feet, knees and hips. "At this point in time, this is the best option for her," the podiatrist notes.




Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common gastrointestinal condition that can cause abdominal pain, gas, cramping, constipation and diarrhea. Although there isn't a cure, avoiding caffeine, alcohol and milk can help lessen the discomfort. Eating plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains that are high in fiber can help ease digestion.

 



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