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    1. Brain Chemistry May Change to Cope With Pain

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Brain chemistry may change to help people tolerate arthritis pain, a small study suggests. Researchers applied heat to the skin of 17 people with arthritis and nine people without the disease, and found that the more opiat

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    2. Could Unique Smell Pinpoint Parkinson’s?

      Oct. 22, 2015 -- Scientists are investigating whether it may be possible for doctors to diagnose Parkinson's disease by smell. Their study stems from the case of 65-year-old Joy Milne, a retired Scottish nurse who claims to have detected the onset of the disease in her husband when his smell changed

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    3. How to Keep Your Brain Fit for Life

      Just like your muscles need exercise, your brain needs mental workouts to stay in shape. But your gray matter gets so good at doing your daily routine that it barely has to work at it. So, you have to go above and beyond your everyday activities to stimulate it. That can help you prevent or reverse

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    4. ADHD May Affect Brains of Boys, Girls Differently

      By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) manifests itself differently in the brains of girls than in the brains of boys, new research suggests. The results may help scientists better understand how ADHD affects boys

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    5. Brains of Young Adults With Alzheimer's Risk

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Young adults who have an increased genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease may already show differences in how their brains handle spatial navigation, a small study suggests. The researchers said it's too soon to know whether

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    6. Ex Youth Football Player: You Could End Up Like Me

      Oct. 21, 2015 -- Zackery Lystedt doesn’t want others to end up like him. At 22, he walks with a looping gait, leaning heavily on a metal cane. He peers through thick glasses, specially designed to help his peripheral (side) vision. It takes him a moment to gather his thoughts before he speaks in a s

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    7. This Offers Promise for Stroke Victims

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Stimulating the unaffected side of a stroke patient's brain might one day help restore arm movement, according to a new study. After a severe stroke, many patients have little or no movement in the arm on the stroke-aff

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    8. Researchers Move Closer to Alzheimer's Blood Test

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they have moved closer to developing a blood test for Alzheimer's disease. Such a test would enable doctors to diagnose patients at the earliest, most treatable stage so patients could make lifestyle change

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    9. Big Brain Doesn't Mean Big Smarts

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Having a big brain doesn't guarantee you'll have an outsized IQ, a new analysis indicates. Researchers who examined 148 studies that included more than 8,000 people found only a weak association between brain size and IQ.

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    10. Size of These Brain Parts Tied to Dementia Risk

      Oct. 15, 2015 -- When brain structures called hippocampi are smaller, that may point to a higher risk of getting Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia, new research suggests. People who did better on certain memory tests tended to have larger hippocampi. These two seahorse-shaped structure

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