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  1. Are Products Labeled 'BPA-Free' Safer?

    Feb. 3, 2015 -- Are goods labeled “BPA-free” healthier? Maybe not. Two new studies found that some chemicals replacing BPA in plastics, food packaging, and other products might also disrupt hormones, changing how the brain works and affecting fertility. In the first study, scientists exposed growing

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  2. Too Much Alcohol at Midlife Raises Stroke Risk

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Too much alcohol in middle age can increase your stroke risk as much as high blood pressure or diabetes, a new study suggests. People who average more than two drinks a day have a 34 percent higher risk of stroke compa

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  3. Eye Tracking May Help to Spot Concussions Quickly

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new eye-tracking method might help determine the severity of concussions, researchers report. They said the simple approach can be used in emergency departments and, perhaps one day, on the sidelines at sporting events

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  4. Study Underscores Power of Placebo Effect

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study -- this one involving patients with Parkinson's disease -- adds another layer of insight to the well-known "placebo effect." That's the phenomenon in which people's symptoms improve after taking an inactive sub

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  5. Genes May Not Explain Autism That Runs in Families

    Jan. 26, 2015 -- Scientists searching for the genetic roots of autism have found something surprising: In families where two children have been diagnosed with the disorder, siblings don’t often share the same gene changes. The new study fits into a larger body of research suggesting the genetics of

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  6. Certain Allergy, Depression Meds Tied to Higher Odds for Dementia

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term and/or high-dose use of a class of medications used for hay fever, depression and other ills has been linked in a new study to a higher risk of dementia. The drugs -- called anticholinergics -- include nonprescri

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  7. 5 Myths About Alzheimer's Disease

    Get the facts about Alzheimer's disease as we clear up five common misunderstandings. Most people with Alzheimer’s are 65 and older. But it can happen when you’re younger, too. About 5% of people with the disease get symptoms in their 30s, 40s, or 50s. It’s called early-onset Alzheimer’s. People who

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  8. Sleep Position Tied to Death Risk for Epileptics

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Sleeping on your stomach may boost your risk of sudden death if you have epilepsy, new research suggests. Sudden, unexpected death in epilepsy occurs when an otherwise healthy person dies and "the autopsy shows no cle

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  9. Leaks in Brain May Contribute to Dementia

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Age-related blood vessel leaks in the brain may contribute to the development of Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia, according to a new study. The findings suggest it may be possible to use brain scans to d

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  10. Early Study: Stem Cells May Reverse MS Disability

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A therapy that uses patients' own primitive blood cells may be able to reverse some of the effects of multiple sclerosis, a preliminary study suggests. The findings, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical A

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