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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 'Love Hormone' Nasal Spray Promising in Autism

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Oxytocin, the so-called "love hormone," may help improve social skills in autistic children, a small new Australian study suggests. "The potential to use such simple treatments to enhance the longer-term benefits of other

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    8. End-of-Life Dementia Care Costlier Than Other Ills

      By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Health care and caregiving costs for dementia patients in the final five years of life are far more burdensome than they are for patients with cancer, heart disease and other illnesses, a new study suggests. The study fo

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    9. Pot Use Tied to Specific Type of Stroke in Young

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Young adults who use marijuana are more likely to suffer strokes caused by narrowing of the arteries in the skull than those who don't use the drug, a new study finds. Prior research has identified a link between marijuana

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    10. Limiting Tackling Reduces Concussions

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, Oct. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Limiting tackling during high school football practices can significantly reduces players' concussion rates, a new study indicates. In 2014, new rules about tackling during football practice were introduced for Wisconsin

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