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  1. Stem Cells Show Promise for Stroke Recovery

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In an early test, researchers report they've safely injected stem cells into the brains of 18 patients who had suffered strokes. And two of the patients showed significant improvement. All the patients saw some improvemen

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  2. Restless Legs Syndrome and Sleep

    Restless legs syndrome (RLS) steals sleep. It's usually worst in the evening and overnight, which can mean little rest, and fatigue the next day. "Most people with RLS have fragmented sleep, with difficulty falling asleep and repetitive jerking motions that can wake them up," says neurologist Nancy

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  3. Stroke Risk Spikes Shortly After Shingles Episode

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with shingles face a significantly increased risk of stroke in the weeks following the first signs of the painful skin rash, new research suggests. Patients' overall stroke risk is highest in the first month aft

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  4. Poor Heart Health Linked to Alzheimer's Risk

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study links heart disease with increased odds of developing dementia. Researchers found that artery stiffness -- a condition called atherosclerosis -- is associated with the buildup of beta-amyloid plaque in the b

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  5. U.S. Autism Estimates Rise by 30 Percent for Kids

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- One in 68 American children is now diagnosed with autism or a related disorder, federal health officials reported Thursday. That's a 30 percent increase from just two years ago when the estimate was one in 88 children

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  6. More Signs Autism May Originate During Pregnancy

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism show key "patches of disorganization" in the outer layers of the brain, according to a new study said to offer more evidence that the developmental disorder begins in the womb. Experts have long belie

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  7. New Clues to Link Between MS Drug Tysabri and Rare Brain Disease

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers report that they think they have figured out why some patients who take the multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri face a high risk of developing a rare, and sometimes fatal, brain infection. A common virus that ca

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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