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  1. Comedian Joan Rivers Dies at Age 81

    Editor's note: This article was updated on Sept. 4, 2014. Sept. 2, 2014 -- Comedian Joan Rivers died Sept. 4, a week after her heart and breathing stopped during a procedure at a New York endoscopy center, according to media reports. She was 81. Law enforcement sources told The New York Times and TM

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  2. Differences in Brains of Those With Dyslexia

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have discovered that people with dyslexia have disrupted network connections in their brains. Dyslexia -- the most commonly diagnosed learning disorder in the United States -- causes problems with reading and w

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  3. Could Too Much Salt Harm MS Patients?

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Too much salt in the diet may worsen symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), a new study from Argentina suggests. "Many environmental factors affect MS, such as vitamin D, smoking and Epstein Barr virus infection. Our stu

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  4. Electrical Pulses to Scalp May Boost Memory: Study

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have found that sending electrical currents through the scalp to a specific network of brain structures can enhance people's memories, for up to a day. In a small study of healthy young adults, researchers used t

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  5. Scientists 'Rewrite' Bad Memories in Mice

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Someone who has been mugged in a dark alley will likely never want to return there, having associated that location with a fear of being attacked. But neuroscientists working with mice say they've discovered the brain

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  6. Playing Video Game May Boost MS Patients' Balance

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An exercise component of the popular Nintendo Wii video game may help multiple sclerosis patients improve their balance by rewiring their brains, a new study suggests. No medications exist to preserve balance in MS patien

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  7. Deep Brain Stimulation & Older Parkinson's Patients

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of complications when implanting deep brain stimulation devices in the brains of people with Parkinson's disease is no greater in older patients than younger ones, a new study shows. The treatment involves placin

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  8. How Sports Can Help Kids With ADHD

    Sports are a key part of many children's lives, and there's no reason they shouldn't be for kids with ADHD. Little research exists about the benefits of sports for kids with ADHD. Doctors often field parents' questions on the subject, though. The answer? Get in the game. Sports and ADHD are a winnin

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  9. ALS Patients Hope Ice Bucket Challenge Flows On

    Aug. 25, 2014 -- John Jerome has never been so happy to be so cold. The day he joined hordes of other Americans and got a bucket of ice water dumped on his head for charity, his hometown of Auburn, AL, was sweltering under temperatures in the high 90s. So the frosty soak felt pretty good, he says. I

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  10. ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Blows Up Social Media

    Aug. 22, 2014 -- It seems like every celebrity is getting in on it, from pop stars to athletes to politicians, as well as millions of ordinary people across the social media universe. They're all pouring a bucket of ice water over their heads and challenging others to do the same, all in the name of

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