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  1. When Medical Marijuana Doesn’t Work

    April 30, 2014 --The first time Dana gave marijuana to her 13-year-old son, it was a mother’s act of desperation. Edward has absence seizures, also known as petit mal seizures. At least a dozen times a day, he blanks out for about 20 seconds. The seizures affect his school work and memory. His mothe

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  2. Older Mothers at Higher Risk of Child With Autism?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of having a child with autism rises rapidly after women pass age 30, a large new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 417,000 children born in Sweden between 1984 and 2003. They found that wo

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  3. When Is It Time to Ask for More Help?

    As a caregiver, you may want to do it all and take care of your loved one alone. But there are times when you may need help -- either temporarily or permanently. Here are signs that it may be time to ask for support, and how to get it. It may have been easier to give care when you were driving to do

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  4. Helping Older Adults Deal With Life's Big Events

    When you’re a caregiver, you and your loved one are likely to face challenges together. Three big life changes in particular -- moving, giving up driving, and dealing with the death of a spouse -- can be emotional. Here are some practical tips for caregivers in dealing with difficult changes. Older

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  5. Gastro Woes More Common in Kids With Autism: Review

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- What many parents of children with autism have long suspected -- that autism and gastrointestinal complaints often go together -- is now supported by a new study. The study, a review of medical research, found that child

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  6. Caregiving Help: How to Ask for What You Need

    You may be juggling your family or career while taking care of a parent. Or maybe it's both parents and your own health needs. Whatever caregiving situation you’re in, you don't have to do it alone. Don't wait until you need help to try to find it. Start now by getting a circle of friends, family, a

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  7. Overcoming Caregiver's Guilt

    Caregivers are often pulled in different directions. This can lead to guilt. Maybe you feel you're not doing enough for your loved one. Or that caregiving is taking away time from other members of your family. Or you have feelings of resentment toward the person you're looking after. And that’s natu

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  8. Medical Marijuana May Ease Some MS Symptoms, Study Concludes

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Medical marijuana can help relieve some symptoms of multiple sclerosis, but whether it can benefit patients with other neurological disorders is still unclear, according to a new review by top neurologists. Doctors with

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  9. Tips for Caregivers

    When you notice that your loved one starts to need help, it may be hard to get them to understand and accept it. Cathy Alessi, MD, president of the American Geriatrics Society, offers these tips. As people get older, some are willing to accept help and some are not. When I see patients who are not d

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  10. Balancing Work and Caregiving

    If you're like most caregivers, taking care of your loved one isn't the only work you do. Trying to balance both can be hard. Here are some tips that might help. When your private life affects your work life, it's time to talk to your boss, says Amy Goyer, the AARP's home and family expert and autho

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