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  1. ALS Patients Hope Ice Bucket Challenge Flows On

    Aug. 25, 2014 -- John Jerome has never been so happy to be so cold. The day he joined hordes of other Americans and got a bucket of ice water dumped on his head for charity, his hometown of Auburn, AL, was sweltering under temperatures in the high 90s. So the frosty soak felt pretty good, he says. I

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  2. ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Blows Up Social Media

    Aug. 22, 2014 -- It seems like every celebrity is getting in on it, from pop stars to athletes to politicians, as well as millions of ordinary people across the social media universe. They're all pouring a bucket of ice water over their heads and challenging others to do the same, all in the name of

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  3. Michael J. Fox's Crusade for a Parkinson's Cure

    Michael J. Fox has always been a poster boy. With his youthful good looks and intelligent charm, he rose to fame playing a sassy Republican teenage son of ex-hippie parents in the TV sitcom Family Ties. In the blockbuster Back to the Future film trilogy, he was a time traveler with perfect comedic t

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  4. What to Do After an Alzheimer's Diagnosis

    Rosemary Orange, 53, of Ottawa, Ontario, suspected something was wrong with her 83-year-old mother, Sylvia. "She'd go shopping and forget what she was doing," Orange says. "So she'd come right back home without buying anything." Several months later, Orange's mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, a

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  5. Employees Benefit From Natural Light, Study Finds

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Natural light during the work day may benefit employees by improving their sleep and quality of life, according to a new study. "There is increasing evidence that exposure to light, during the day -- particularly in the

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  6. Chiropractic Manipulation of Neck: Stroke Risk?

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Getting your neck adjusted by a chiropractor or osteopathic doctor may be associated with an increased risk of stroke, according to a scientific statement released Thursday by the American Heart Association. The energet

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  7. Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Alzheimer's Risk

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults with too little vitamin D in their blood may have twice the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease as seniors with sufficient levels of the "sunshine vitamin," a new study finds. The research -- based on m

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  8. Some Jobs Harder on the Heart Than Others: Report

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Stress at work may raise your risk of heart attack and stroke, particularly if you work in the service industry or have a blue-collar job, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. But being unemployed might be just as

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  9. 'Love Hormone' Oxytocin May Help Some With Autism

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Treating certain adult autism patients with just a single dose of the hormone oxytocin quickly improved their ability to judge facial expressions and emotions, Japanese researchers report. Known as the "love hormone," oxytoc

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  10. Routine Pulse Check May Prevent Second Stroke

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Regularly checking the pulse of a stroke survivor may help prevent another stroke, researchers report. "Screening pulse is the method of choice for checking for irregular heartbeat for people over age 65 who have never

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