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    1. 'Collar' Aims to Help Shield Brain From Concussion

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Nov. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new type a lightweight and pressurized neck collar may help prevent mild concussions during sports, according to the developers of the device. The collar, which weighs four to five ounces -- is designed to exert a minimal a

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    2. Has Happiness' Home in the Brain Been Found?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Nov. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists may never figure out why people are happy or not, but they're a bit closer now to figuring out where happiness resides in the brain. A team at Kyoto University in Japan used MRI to scan the brains of volunteers

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    3. NFL's $1 Billion Concussion Case in Appeals Court

      Nov. 20, 2015 -- A proposed $1 billion plan to settle thousands of concussion lawsuits filed against the NFL by former players goes to an appeals court Thursday. Opponents of the settlement say it benefits some retired players at the expense of others, the Associated Press reported. Former players w

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    4. Failing Sense of Smell Might Be Alzheimer's Warning

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Losing your sense of smell may mark the start of memory problems and possibly Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. Researchers found that older adults who had the worst smell test scores were 2.2 times more likely

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    5. Survey Method Change May Explain Autism Rate Jump

      By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Nov. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- About one in 45 children has an autism spectrum disorder, according to a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey of parents. This apparent increase is likely due to a change of questions parents were asked

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    6. Could a Change in Sense of Humor Signal Dementia?

      Nov. 11, 2015 -- A change in a person’s sense of humor could be an early red flag of dementia, according to a new study. The idea that our taste in comedy could be used to predict our chances of getting Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia may sound strange, but researchers say it could prove to b

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    7. Breath Carbon Monoxide May Point to Stroke Risk

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, Nov. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Seemingly healthy adults who exhale high levels of carbon monoxide may be at increased risk for stroke, a new study suggests. Carbon monoxide is produced naturally by the body. According to the researchers, prior studies ha

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    8. This Drug May Not Help Women With Alzheimer's

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The drug raloxifene doesn't help the declining memory and thinking skills of women who have mild to moderate dementia due to Alzheimer's disease, a small study suggests. "We found no effect," said study researcher Dr.

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    9. This Beats Clot-Busting Drug Alone in Stroke Study

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Extracting a stroke-causing blood clot is better than just using a clot-busting drug for preserving brain function, a new analysis concludes. About 45 percent of patients who underwent the clot-removal procedure experien

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    10. Weight Gain a Challenge for Children With Autism

      By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism may have a greater risk of obesity, with weight differences seen as early as preschool, a new study reveals. "A lot of things are happening for these families when their children are under 5, including g

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