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  1. Mercury Exposure and Autistic Behavior: No Link?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 23 (HealthDay News) -- Children exposed to low levels of mercury in the womb because their mothers ate large amounts of fish during pregnancy don't appear to be at increased risk for autism, a new study suggests. Worry that low levels of mercury migh

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  2. Regular, Vigorous Exercise May Lower Stroke Risk

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) -- Exercising enough to break a sweat most days might slightly reduce the risk of stroke in middle-aged and older people compared to those who are inactive, a new study suggests -- although the findings aren't definitive and the

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  3. Alzheimer's Progression: Step by Step

    By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 16 (HealthDay News) -- New research seeks to delineate just how Alzheimer's disease unfolds in the human brain. Biological changes may happen earlier than scientists had previously thought, according to a new disease model. This suggests that

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  4. FDA Approves Brain Test for ADHD

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the first brain test that could help doctors diagnose attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) using biological evidence, and not just the results of psychiatric evaluations. The device, called the NEBA System, is a 20-minute test that

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  5. Putting Off Retirement May Help Stave Off Alzheimer's

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 15 (HealthDay News) -- As Americans increasingly delay retirement, a new French study indicates this scenario may have a silver lining: a lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Researchers analyzing health and insurance records of more than 4

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  6. Cancer, Chemo May Lower Alzheimer's Risk: Study

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 15 (HealthDay News) -- If battling a deadly disease can be said to have a silver lining, this might be it: Many forms of cancer appear to lower the risk for developing Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests. After sifting through the health records o

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  7. Diabetes Drug May Protect the Brain

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 15 (HealthDay News) -- The diabetes drug metformin may do more than help control blood sugar levels: New research suggests it may also reduce the risk of dementia. Compared to people taking another class of diabetes medications called sulfonylureas, t

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  8. 2 New Alzheimer's Drugs Show Promise in Early Studies

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, July 14 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say two new drugs for Alzheimer's disease have shown promise in early experiments and will likely progress to the next round of clinical trials. One drug, called a BACE inhibitor, has been in development for more th

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  9. Lifelong Reading, Hobbies Might Help Stave Off Dementia

    By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 3 (HealthDay News) -- Use it or lose it: Doing brain-stimulating activities from childhood -- like reading books, writing letters and solving everyday problems -- through old age may help prevent clinical signs of dementia such as memory los

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  10. Bacteria Levels in Gut Tied to Autism in Kids?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 3 (HealthDay News) -- A link may exist between autism and bacteria in a child's digestive tract, a small new study suggests. Researchers analyzed gut bacteria in fecal samples from 20 children with autism and 20 children without the disorder. The c

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