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  1. DDT Exposure May Raise Alzheimer's Risk: Study

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to the banned pesticide DDT appears to increase a person's risk of Alzheimer's disease, a new study reveals. Blood drawn from a small sample of Alzheimer's patients contained nearly four times greater levels of

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  2. Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: What to Expect

    A dementia diagnosis can be devastating -- not only for the patient, but for those who love him, too. “There’s a grieving that occurs. You haven’t lost your loved one, but the person you know is going to change,” says Rosanne M. Leipzig, MD, professor of geriatric medicine at Mount Sinai School of M

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  3. New Autism Diagnosis Rules

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Stricter new criteria for autism may change how frequently the condition is diagnosed, a new study suggests. The study estimates that if the new diagnostic guidelines had been in place in 2008, they would have lowered

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  4. Fish Oil Might Guard Against Loss of Brain Cells

    By Mary Brophy Marcus HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The more you consume the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oils, the less likely you are to lose as many precious brain cells as you age, a new study suggests. More research is needed, however, to understand both w

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  5. Concussions in Middle School Girls Playing Soccer

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Girls who play soccer in middle school are vulnerable to concussions, new research shows. And despite medical advice to the contrary, many play through their injury, increasing the risk of a second concussion, the study

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  6. Vitamin D May Slow Multiple Sclerosis: Study

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Vitamin D may slow the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS) and also reduce harmful brain activity, a new study suggests. Correcting vitamin D deficiency early in the course of the disease is important, according to th

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  7. Early Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis

    Michael Williamson was 16 years old when he noticed a few odd cramps one day at a cross-country track meet. His coach told him to run them out. A day or so later, he woke up paralyzed from the waist down. After a lot of testing and poking and prodding, Williamson was told he had something called tra

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  8. Treat and Prevent a Multiple Sclerosis Flare-Up

    Call it a flare-up, an exacerbation, an attack, or a relapse. Whatever you call it, it's not something you expect. When you have relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS), you can go days or years without major changes in your symptoms. Then, suddenly, things change. You'll work closely with your

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  9. Brain Injuries May Raise Risk of Early Death

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who have suffered a traumatic brain injury appear to have a much higher risk of dying prematurely, a new study suggests. These risks include having another brain injury, being assaulted and suicide. The risks a

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  10. Sight, Sound Out of Sync in Kids With Autism: Study

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors and parents have long struggled to understand the strange sensory tricks autism can play on a child's mind. Ordinary noises -- screeching car alarms, knocking radiator pipes, even the whirr of a fan -- can be int

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