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  1. FDA Approves Combo Pill for Alzheimer’s Disease

    Dec. 29, 2014 -- The FDA has approved a combination pill for moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease in people already being treated with both drugs. The pill, called Namzaric, combines memantine hydrochloride extended-release (Namenda) and donepezil hydrochloride (Aricept). The two drugs are often p

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  2. Stem Cell Therapy for MS Shows Promise

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental therapy that kills off and then "resets" the immune system has given three years of remission to a small group of multiple sclerosis patients, researchers say. About eight in 10 patients given this treatm

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  3. Gene Mutations May Determine Severity, Type of Autism

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Different types of gene mutations may play a role in the severity and type of autism, new research suggests. The findings could lead to improved diagnosis and treatments for the disorder, the researchers added. No two peop

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  4. Vaccine for Deer Against 'Mad Cow'-Like Illness Shows Promise

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, Dec. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new vaccine created to fight an illness similar to "mad cow disease" in deer might also protect livestock and even humans from similar brain infections, researchers report. The vaccine appears to help prevent deer from b

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  5. You May Have Lower Stroke Risk if You Can Do This

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If you can't balance on one leg for at least 20 seconds you may be at risk of a stroke, Japanese researchers suggest. Difficulty standing on one leg may indicate that small strokes or tiny bleeds have already occurred,

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  6. Medical Marijuana's Use for Brain Disorders

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- It's too soon to tell whether medical marijuana can help treat neurological disorders such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) said in a new position statem

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  7. Stent Treatment May Lower Stroke Disability

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Using a stent to capture and remove a stroke-causing blood clot is safe and improves recovery, Dutch researchers report. About one-third of patients who had the procedure -- called intraarterial treatment -- recovered

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  8. ADHD and Kids: Medication Tied to Fewer Injuries

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) --Taking medication for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) might reduce the risk of young patients accidentally injuring themselves, new research suggests. When several thousand children and teens were taking methy

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  9. Memory Lapses May Signal Stroke Risk: Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Memory lapses in people with higher levels of education may be associated with increased stroke risk, researchers report. The research included more than 9,100 people in the Netherlands, aged 55 and older, taking part in

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  10. Brain Scans Yield Clues to Future Stroke Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Brain scans taken shortly after a mild stroke can help identify patients at risk of suffering another stroke within three months, a new study suggests. The study included more than 2,000 people who had CT scans of the bra

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