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  1. MS and Your Diet: Is There a Link?

    Many foods have been touted as helpful for people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Do they work? "There are strong reasons to think that diet could affect MS symptoms and even help treat it," says neurologist Ellen Mowry, MD, of Johns Hopkins University. But although a healthy diet is always a good ide

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  2. 8 Ways to Live Better With MS

    Managing your life with MS isn't just about dealing with the symptoms you have right now. It's about thinking through what could happen in future -- the possible effects on your job, family, and finances -- and preparing for them. Even if your symptoms are mild, planning can make you feel better and

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  3. Too Much Saturated Fat Tied to Alzheimer's Risk?

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 17 (HealthDay News) -- A diet high in saturated fat can quickly rob the brain of a key chemical that helps protect against Alzheimer's disease, according to new research. In a small study published online Monday in the journal JAMA Neurology, resear

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  4. Kids With Autism May Find Human Voice Unpleasant

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 17 (HealthDay News) -- A new brain-imaging study could help explain why children with autism have difficulty with verbal communication: They may not get much pleasure from the human voice. Researchers found that those with the disorder showed weaker conn

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  5. New Clues to Early Onset Alzheimer's

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- People with genetic mutations that lead to inherited, early onset Alzheimer's disease overproduce a longer, stickier form of amyloid beta, the protein fragment that clumps into plaques in the brains of Alzheimer's patients,

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  6. Restless Legs Syndrome Tied to Earlier Death Risk

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- Men with restless legs syndrome now have another health concern: New research has just linked the condition to an increased risk of dying early. In a study of nearly 20,000 men, Harvard researchers found that men with restles

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  7. Heading Soccer Balls Tied to Damaging Brain Changes

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 11 (HealthDay News) -- Sophisticated scans reveal that soccer players who head the ball a lot show changes in the white matter of their brain that mirror those seen in traumatic head injuries. In addition, they face a higher risk of developing thinki

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  8. For Alzheimer's Caregivers, a Much-Needed Break

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 7 (HealthDay News) -- Day care centers for people with Alzheimer's disease can give their spouses and other family caregivers a much needed source of stress relief, a new study suggests. Such centers offer people with dementia a chance to socialize and t

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  9. Autism, ADHD Often Occur Together, Research Shows

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 6 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 30 percent of young children with autism also show signs of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a rate that's three times higher than it is in the general population, a new study shows. "We don't know the c

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  10. Your Stroke Risk Can Drop With 7 Lifestyle Changes

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 6 (HealthDay News) -- Certain lifestyle changes could greatly reduce your stroke risk, according to a new study. Researchers calculated stroke risk among nearly 23,000 black and white Americans aged 45 and older. Their risk was assessed using the Am

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