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  1. Alternative Therapies Widely Used for Autism

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 40 percent of preschoolers with autism are getting some kind of complementary or alternative therapy for their condition, with nutritional supplements and special diets being the most common things parents try, a

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  2. Judge Denies Approval of NFL Concussion Settlement

    Jan. 15, 2014 -- Preliminary approval of a $765 million settlement of concussion claims involving NFL players was denied Tuesday by a federal judge due to concerns it would not be enough to cover 20,000 retired players. A week ago, players' lawyers gave the payout plan to U.S. District Judge Anita B

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  3. 'Brain Training' May Help Aging Brains

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Elderly people who participate in "brain training" classes to keep their minds sharp continue to see positive benefits 10 years after the training, according to a new study. Even if they took only an initial set of class

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  4. Your Daily Coffee Just Might Jolt Your Memory

    By Mary Brophy Marcus HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, Jan. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Swarms of morning commuters clutch cups of coffee to kick-start the workday. But a new study suggests caffeine might do more for the brain than boost alertness -- it may help memory too. Researchers from Johns Hopkins

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  5. Dietary Supplements Can't Treat or Cure Concussions

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Concussions can't be prevented, treated or cured with dietary supplements, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The agency issued a warning against these products in response to a number of false cl

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  6. Gene Therapy May Hold Promise for Advanced Parkinson's Disease

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new, preliminary treatment involving triple-gene therapy appears safe and effective in helping to control motor function in Parkinson's disease patients, according to new research. The therapy, called ProSavin, works

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  7. Power Down to Speed Concussion Recovery: Study

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Young people who suffer a concussion often want to return to school and begin using electronics right away, but resuming everyday life too quickly might delay recovery, researchers say. Kids who give their brains a few da

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  8. What 'Brain-Dead' Means

    Jan. 3, 2014 -- What does it mean when doctors say a person is brain-dead? WebMD asked critical care specialist Isaac Tawil, MD, an assistant professor at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, and bioethicist Arthur Caplan, PhD, director of the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU Langone Me

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  9. 10 Questions About Multiple Sclerosis

    There are four types: Relapsing-remitting. This is the most common form. You have flare-ups followed by periods without symptoms, called recovery. Primary-progressive. With this type, you do not get the ups and downs. Your symptoms get worse over time. Secondary-progressive. You get flares and recov

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  10. Younger Adults Who've Had Shingles May Face Higher Stroke Risk

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who've had shingles -- a viral infection also known as herpes zoster -- before age 40 may have a higher risk of stroke years later, a large new study suggests. Adults who get shingles after 40 don't have an increased

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