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  1. Better Hygiene Could Raise Risk of Alzheimer’s

    Sept. 6, 2013  -- A study by researchers at Cambridge University has found that high-income, highly industrialized countries with large urban areas and better hygiene and sanitation have much higher rates of Alzheimer's disease. They found that countries where all people have access to clean drinkin

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  2. Autism: Helping Your Child Head Into to Adulthood

    As your child with autism becomes an adult, he will face challenges, of course. But young adults with autism also have more and more opportunities. The key is to start planning for the transition before it comes. Here's how. “The educational system is ‘home base’ for a family with autism,” says Kerr

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  3. Brain Protein Is a Key to 'Senior Moments'

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 28 (HealthDay News) -- A protein in the brain could hold the key to reversing the age-related memory loss that causes "senior moments" of forgetfulness, Columbia University researchers report. Deficiency of a protein called RbAp48 in the hippocam

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  4. Scientists Grow 'Model Brain' From Stem Cells

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 28 (HealthDay News) -- In another milestone for regenerative medicine, Austrian scientists report they have turned stem cells into a collection of tissues that resembles the beginnings of the human brain. The tiny organoids, as the researchers cal

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  5. Some Antibiotics Linked to Serious Nerve Damage

    Aug. 27, 2013 -- The FDA is strengthening its warning that a popular class of antibiotics, called fluoroquinolones, may cause sudden, serious, and potentially permanent nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy. Fluoroquinolones are antibiotics that are commonly used to treat a variety of illnesses

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  6. Some Video Games May Boost Brain's Flexibility

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Playing certain types of video games can boost a person's flexible thinking skills, according to a new study. The findings could lead to new treatments for people with brain injuries or conditions such as attention-deficit/hyper

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  7. Who Will Care for Adults With Autism?

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 23 (HealthDay News) -- The vast majority of youngsters with autism will grow up to be adults with autism. An estimated one of every 88 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and

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  8. Early Treatment May Reduce Disability After Stroke

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 22 (HealthDay News) -- People suffering mild to moderate ischemic strokes who get immediate medical treatment can greatly reduce their odds of disability, a new study suggests. An ischemic stroke occurs when a clot blocks blood flow to the brain.

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  9. Brain-Damaged Athletes May Show Mood or Thinking Impairments First

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21 (HealthDay News) -- A devastating brain disease associated with the head trauma incurred by football players, boxers and other athletes typically affects patients in one of two major ways, a new study suggests. Boston University researchers fo

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  10. Copper in Environment May Be Tied to Alzheimer's

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Copper appears to be one of the main environmental factors that cause Alzheimer's disease and contribute to its progression, according to a study of mice and, in some phases, human brain cells. The common metal prevents the clea

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