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  1. Deadly Brain Illness Discovered in British Family

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 13 (HealthDay News) -- A British family harbors a deadly inherited illness that destroys the brain in a way that is similar to the dreaded mad cow disease, researchers report. The newly discovered condition doesn't appear to be contagious, unlike m

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  2. U.S. Adults With Autism May Face Housing Crisis

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Adults with autism face a shortage of housing and support services in the United States, according to a new survey. Within the next decade, at least 500,000 U.S. teens with autism will enter adulthood. Many will require acces

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  3. Can 'Good' Cholesterol Protect Against MS?

    Nov. 12, 2013 -- A protein found in HDL, or ''good,'' cholesterol may help protect against the effects of multiple sclerosis, according to new research. In the study, patients with MS had much lower levels of the protein than did healthy people, says study researcher Lidia Gardner, PhD. She is an as

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  4. Alzheimer's-Like Plaque Seen on Brain Scans After Head Trauma

    By Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 11 (HealthDay News) -- New research may help connect the dots between traumatic brain injury and the risk for memory and other brain-related problems later in life. Brain imaging technology known as positron emission tomography (PET) shows that people w

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  5. When a Child With Autism Refuses Most Foods

    By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Nov. 8 (HealthDay News) -- The life-threatening health problems that a 9-year-old boy with autism faced recently shed light on an issue that is rarely discussed. Many children with autism or other developmental disorders tend to eat an extremely nar

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  6. Warmer Weather & Brain Function in People With MS

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Warmer temperatures might reduce the ability of people with multiple sclerosis to complete mental tasks and process information, new research suggests. Although heat has long been linked to a worsening of symptoms among

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  7. Stomach Troubles Common for Kids With Autism

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism are far more likely to have digestive problems than those without the neurodevelopmental disorder, a new study finds. The gastrointestinal issues (GI) appear linked to autism-related behavioral problems, s

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  8. Autism Sign May Appear in First Months of Life

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 6 (HealthDay News) -- At least one sign of autism may begin as early as 2 months of life, new research suggests. The study of 110 babies found that infants later diagnosed with autism showed a decline in the amount of attention they paid to other p

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  9. Speaking Two Languages May Delay Dementia Symptoms

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Speaking two languages may help delay the damage of dementia, a new study suggests. Researchers found that people who were bilingual did not show the signs of three types of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, for more

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  10. The Positive Side of Adult ADHD

    ADHD definitely has its drawbacks. But some symptoms can have unexpected benefits. These include "problem-solving, creativity, being spontaneous, being risk-takers in a good way, and having the courage to follow their intuition," says ADHD coach Nancy Ratey, EdM. For certain people, "symptoms can be

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