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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Ulcer Bacteria Tied to Lower MS Risk in Women

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women who harbor the stomach bacteria Helicobacter pylori (or H. pylori) may be less likely to develop multiple sclerosis (MS), a new study suggests. In the study, researchers found that among women with MS -- an often disab

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  8. 1 in 5 Adults With Epilepsy Also Has ADHD Symptoms

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one in five adults with epilepsy also has symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study finds. Researchers surveyed almost 1,400 adult epilepsy patients across the United States. They fo

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  9. Depression Can Precede Memory Loss in Alzheimer's

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Depression, sleep problems and behavioral changes can show up before signs of memory loss in people who go on to develop Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. "I wouldn't worry at this point if you're feeling anx

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  10. Neck Artery Stents May Not Be Worthwhile

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Placing stents in the neck arteries, to prop them open and help prevent strokes, may be too risky for older, sicker patients, a new study suggests. In fact, almost a third of Medicare patients who had stents placed in

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