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  1. Anxiety Medications May Be Tied to Alzheimer's

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who habitually use sedatives for anxiety or insomnia may have a heightened risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. The drugs in question are benzodiazepines, a widely prescribed group of se

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  2. Taking Action Early May Protect Against Autism

    Sept. 9, 2014 -- Kristin Hinson knows the signs of autism well. Her two older sons, Justin and Simon, both have the disorder. So when baby Noah didn't seem to be making much eye contact and wouldn't always respond when Hinson tried to play simple games like peek-a-boo, she feared that he, too, might

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  3. Fish Oil May Ease Tough-to-Treat Epilepsy: Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Low doses of fish oil may help reduce the number of seizures experienced by people with a form of tough-to-treat epilepsy that no longer responds to drugs, a small new study suggests. The research was led by Dr. Christophe

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  4. Potassium Linked to Fewer Strokes in Older Women

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Could eating foods rich in potassium, such as bananas and potatoes, help lower the risk of stroke and an earlier death for older women? Possibly, suggest the findings from a new study. But the research is too preliminary

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  5. 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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  6. ADHD Medications Won't Stunt Kids' Growth: Study

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Stimulant medications -- such as Adderall, Ritalin and Concerta -- used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, won't stunt their growth, a new study suggests. "Stimulant medication did not

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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