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  1. Medical Marijuana Pills May Ease Some MS Symptoms

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Medical marijuana pills and sprays might ease the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, but most other alternative therapies do little to lessen the pain and muscle rigidity that often accompanies the disease, according to ne

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  2. Stress-Linked Protein May Play Role in Alzheimer's

    March 21, 2014 -- A problem in the brain's stress response system may be an important factor in the memory and thinking problems experienced by people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, new research says. Harvard scientists found that when the system is working normally, it can protect th

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  3. Alzheimer's Strikes Women Harder Than Men: Report

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A 65-year-old American woman has a 1 in 6 chance of developing Alzheimer's disease later in life, while a man the same age has about a 1 in 11 chance. That's one of the key findings of a new report that highlights the

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  4. Diabetes in Middle Age May Cause Memory Problems

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who develop type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure in middle age appear more likely to suffer brain damage that can contribute to dementia as they grow older, a new study finds. Diabetes might actually shrink

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  5. Most Women Don't Know Warning Signs of Stroke

    By Mary Brophy Marcus HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most women say they'd call 911 if they were experiencing a stroke, but many don't recognize the major warning signs of stroke, new research shows. The study authors surveyed more than 1,200 women in the United Sta

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  6. Side Effects of MS Treatments

    When you're first diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), so many different thoughts and worries can race through your mind. How will it affect my life? Will I be able to work? Will I lose my ability to walk? Having MS today is a lot different than it was a few decades ago. Medications like interfer

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  7. Cholesterol Drug Might Help Slow MS Progression

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- High doses of the cholesterol-lowering drug simvastatin -- sold under the brand name Zocor -- appeared to slow brain shrinkage in patients with multiple sclerosis, according to a small, early study from England. In pat

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  8. ADHD Drugs Linked to Later Weight Gain in Kids

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) tend to gain more weight than their peers as they enter their teen years, a new study finds. The weight differences seem to be most pronounced for k

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  9. ADHD Drug Use By Young Adults Doubled: Report

    Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: FDA Head Defends Approval of Zohydro Pain Drug The controversial painkiller Zohydro fills an "important and unique niche" for treating pain, the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said

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  10. Every Minute Matters With Clot-Busting Stroke Drug: Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Every 15-minute delay in receiving a clot-busting drug means stroke survivors will have about one month less of a disability-free life, while every minute sooner that they receive the drug translates into more than one

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