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  1. Routine Pulse Check May Prevent Second Stroke

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Regularly checking the pulse of a stroke survivor may help prevent another stroke, researchers report. "Screening pulse is the method of choice for checking for irregular heartbeat for people over age 65 who have never

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  2. Guns and Dementia

    July 21, 2014 (COPENHAGEN, Denmark) -- A new survey looks at access to guns by people with dementia. It finds that caregivers and family members of people being checked for problems with thinking didn't consistently remove guns from their homes or keep them locked up. The study underlines the need f

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  3. Common Genes Implicated in Autism Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, July 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most of the genetic risk for autism appears to come from common gene variants rather than spontaneous gene mutations, according to a new study. Researchers compared about 3,000 people in Sweden with and without autism and

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  4. Mild Concussion May Cause Thinking, Memory Problems

    By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A mild or moderate concussion may have longer-lasting consequences than previously realized, a new study suggests. By comparing brain imaging studies and thinking tests between healthy people and those with relat

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  5. Study Sheds Light on Marijuana and Paranoia

    July 17, 2014 -- An in-depth investigation has concluded that people who smoke marijuana are much more likely to have paranoia than people who don't use the drug. The study also identifies psychological factors that can lead to feelings of paranoia in people exposed to the main psychoactive ingredie

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  6. Potential New Culprit Behind Alzheimer's

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although the exact reason why Alzheimer's disease develops still remains elusive, scientists report that they've found a new protein that may play an important role in the devastating memory illness. What they don't yet

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  7. Vitamin B No Help for Alzheimer's: Review

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Taking B vitamins does not slow age-related mental decline or prevent Alzheimer's disease, a new review says. People with Alzheimer's have high blood levels of a compound called homocysteine, and people with elevated le

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  8. Stroke Rates Declining Among Seniors, Study Shows

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors in America are suffering fewer strokes, regardless of their race or sex, a new long-term study reveals. "We found that stroke incidence [among those 65 and older] has been declining for the last 20 years," said

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  9. Alzheimer's Rate Falling in United States: Studies

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of new cases of dementia has been declining in recent decades in the United States, Germany and other developed countries, a trio of new studies shows. In one U.S. study, researchers found that compared with the l

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  10. Omega-3s May Help Ward Off Lou Gehrig's Disease

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help cut your risk for the fatal neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, a new study suggests. These fatty acids -- found

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