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  1. Challenge at Work May Ease Adults' Autism Symptoms

    By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For adults with autism, having the chance to work somewhat independently may lead to a reduction in symptoms of the disorder, a new study suggests. The research puts new emphasis on the potential for adults with aut

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  2. Video Game Teaches Kids How to Spot a Stroke

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Playing a 15-minute stroke-education video game appeared to improve children's understanding of stroke symptoms and what to do if someone is having a stroke, a new study suggests. The research included 210 low-income chi

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  3. Gov't Will Fund Tracking Devices for Autistic Kids

    Jan. 31, 2014 -- The U.S. government will pay for tracking devices worn by children with autism and other developmental disorders so they can be found if they go missing. The Justice Department grants will be available immediately, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said at a congressional hearing We

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  4. Food Bacteria Toxin May be Linked to MS: Study

    Jan. 29, 2014 -- A poison created by bacteria in food may be a trigger for the autoimmune disease multiple sclerosis, according to a new study. A toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium perfringens seems to attack the same cells that are damaged in people with MS, according to researchers at Wei

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  5. Drivers With ADHD May Be at Higher Risk for Serious Crashes

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Drivers with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are nearly 50 percent more likely to be in a serious car crash, a new study suggests. Further, men with ADHD can dramatically decrease their risk of traffic

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  6. Hearing Loss and Faster Brain Shrinkage With Age

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults with impaired hearing may have a faster rate of brain shrinkage as they age, a new study suggests. A number of studies have found that older people with hearing loss tend to have a quicker decline in their memor

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  7. DDT Exposure May Raise Alzheimer's Risk: Study

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to the banned pesticide DDT appears to increase a person's risk of Alzheimer's disease, a new study reveals. Blood drawn from a small sample of Alzheimer's patients contained nearly four times greater levels of

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  8. Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: What to Expect

    A dementia diagnosis can be devastating -- not only for the patient, but for those who love him, too. “There’s a grieving that occurs. You haven’t lost your loved one, but the person you know is going to change,” says Rosanne M. Leipzig, MD, professor of geriatric medicine at Mount Sinai School of M

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  9. New Autism Diagnosis Rules

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Stricter new criteria for autism may change how frequently the condition is diagnosed, a new study suggests. The study estimates that if the new diagnostic guidelines had been in place in 2008, they would have lowered

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  10. Fish Oil Might Guard Against Loss of Brain Cells

    By Mary Brophy Marcus HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The more you consume the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oils, the less likely you are to lose as many precious brain cells as you age, a new study suggests. More research is needed, however, to understand both w

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