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  1. Some May Compensate for Alzheimer's-Linked Protein

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The human brain may have a way to compensate for the build-up of a destructive protein associated with Alzheimer's disease. That could help explain why some older people who have beta-amyloid deposits do not devel

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  2. 1 in 3 Retired NFL Players Will Have These Problems

    Sept. 15, 2014 -- One in three retired National Football League players will develop neurological problems, and those problems will develop at "notably younger ages" than is normal, numbers released Friday show. The statistics formed the basis of a settlement the NFL reached with 5,000 former player

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  3. Some With Dementia Often Given Unhelpful Meds

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new national analysis of U.S. nursing home prescription patterns says that more than half of people with advanced dementia are prescribed medications that are of questionable benefit. "The main concern centers on the und

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  4. Rare Blood Type May Slightly Raise Dementia Risk

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Your blood type may play a small role in your risk for dementia, a new study finds. People with blood type AB, which includes about 4 percent of the population, appear to have an increased risk for memory problems as the

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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