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Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress, but when it becomes an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it has become a disabling disorder. Research is identifying new and improved medical and behavioral therapies that can help most people with anxiety disorders lead productive, fulfilling lives.

Imagine having a condition that cannot be diagnosed for months or years. How do doctors find the answer to an elusive disease, and what role does the patient play in finding the cause?

Unsure of the cause of his racing heart and extreme fatigue, Joel Dittman was finally diagnosed with the very common disorder, Atrial Fibrillation. As he shares his story, medical experts discuss the treatments that are available to help people with this condition lead full and active lives.

Biologics represent the cutting edge of biomedical research, and cover a wide range of therapies. From platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to stem cell therapy, this line of treatment is recasting orthopedics. Biologics' restorative properties are being studied in a number of cases. In this episode, our patient, Sergeant Dan Brochu, who was shot in the line of duty, shares how biologic therapy was an important part of his amazing recovery.

Once called manic depression, bipolar disorder is a mental illness caused by a chemical change in the brain. People who suffer from this disease often have unusual mood changes, energy shifts, and difficulty with daily activities. Dramatic symptoms can result in loss of jobs, relationships, and even suicide. Although there is no cure and it usually lasts a lifetime, bipolar disorder can be effectively treated.

While bladder cancer is a cancer not talked about as much as others, the chance men will develop it during their life is about 1 in 27. It's important to recognize the signs of bladder cancer so it can be treated early, as muscle-invasive bladder cancer needs aggressive treatment.

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