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    1. This Drug Shows Promise for People With Epilepsy

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A once-daily epilepsy drug may control seizures just as well as a twice-daily drug, researchers report. Their preliminary study compared the once-a-day drug eslicarbazepine acetate (Aptiom) to the twice-daily drug carba

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    2. Allergy Med Might Also Fight MS-Linked Eye Damage

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An over-the-counter antihistamine used to fight allergies may have an important new role: reversing the vision loss sometimes caused by multiple sclerosis. That's the finding from preliminary research that found that cle

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    3. Epilepsy Drug & Certain Birth Defects Not Linked?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Despite initial concern from early studies, taking the epilepsy drug lamotrigine (Lamictal) during pregnancy may not raise the risk for certain birth defects, a large new study finds. "An initial study of this drug show

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    4. Could ADHD Drugs Lower Kids' Bone Density?

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Commonly prescribed drugs to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may affect bone density, a new study says. Researchers found that young people who take stimulants such as methylphenidate (Ritalin

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    5. Caregivers Often Sacrifice for Alzheimer's Costs

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease means caregivers often skimp on their own food and medical care, and even sell their belongings to support their loved one, a new report released Wednesday shows. The cente

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    6. Can a DIY Test Reveal Signs of Alzheimer's?

      In the months after her husband died unexpectedly, Liz Arledge found it hard to focus and mingle with others. Was it a natural part of grieving, she wondered, or signs of something else? Her younger brother had dementia, and her mother had lived for 12 years with Alzheimer's. Was she following in th

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    7. Could Less Time Online Signal Early Alzheimer's?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Spending less time on their home computer may be a sign that seniors have early stage Alzheimer's disease, researchers suggest. Computer use requires multiple brain functions, including attention, planning and memory. Whi

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    8. Jamie-Lynn Sigler Opens Up About Life With MS

      Early one evening in 2002, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, then 21, walked into her New York City apartment after filming an episode of the HBO series The Sopranos. (She played Meadow, daughter of Mafia boss Tony Soprano, portrayed by the late James Gandolfini.) Planning to perform at an event that night, she wa

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    9. Antipsychotics and Parkinson's Early Death Risk

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that Parkinson's patients who are given antipsychotics to treat dementia and psychosis may be more likely to die early. However, the medications provide important benefits and the study authors aren

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    10. Thought Processing Concerns Parkinson's Patients

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Declines in thinking skills could have a greater impact on Parkinson's disease patients' ability to converse than physical problems, according to a British study. "Around 70 percent of people with Parkinson's have problem

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