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  1. Brain Scans and Potential for Recovery From Coma

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Brain scans could help identify comatose patients who have the potential to wake up, a new study suggests. Bedside tests are currently the standard means of trying to assess whether or not a comatose person will make som

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  2. Study Ties Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy to Autism Risk in Boys

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Boys with autism were three times more likely to have been exposed to antidepressants known as SSRIs in the womb than typically developing children, according to new research. The new study also found that boys whose moth

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  3. Gene Variant May Double Alzheimer's Risk for Women

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Having a copy of a certain gene variant increases women's risk for Alzheimer's disease much more than it does for men, a new study indicates. Stanford University researchers analyzed data from more than 8,000 people, most

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  4. Girls Suffer Worse Concussions, Study Suggests

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 10 (HealthDay News) -- Girls who suffer a concussion may have more severe symptoms that last longer compared to boys, according to new research that builds on other studies finding gender differences. "There have been several studies suggesting t

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  5. Season of High School Football Hits May Alter Brain

    By Lisa Esposito HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Even among high school football players who've never had a concussion, a small preliminary study suggests that changes can still occur to their brains within the course of a single season. The study involved 45 members of

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  6. Could Dads' Obesity Raise Autism Risk for Kids?

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children born to obese fathers, but not obese mothers, may have a slightly higher risk of autism than kids with thinner dads, a large new study suggests. Researchers found that of nearly 93,000 Norwegian children they followe

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  7. Stem Cells Show Promise for Stroke Recovery

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In an early test, researchers report they've safely injected stem cells into the brains of 18 patients who had suffered strokes. And two of the patients showed significant improvement. All the patients saw some improvemen

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  8. Stroke Risk Spikes Shortly After Shingles Episode

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with shingles face a significantly increased risk of stroke in the weeks following the first signs of the painful skin rash, new research suggests. Patients' overall stroke risk is highest in the first month aft

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  9. Poor Heart Health Linked to Alzheimer's Risk

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study links heart disease with increased odds of developing dementia. Researchers found that artery stiffness -- a condition called atherosclerosis -- is associated with the buildup of beta-amyloid plaque in the b

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  10. U.S. Autism Estimates Rise by 30 Percent for Kids

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- One in 68 American children is now diagnosed with autism or a related disorder, federal health officials reported Thursday. That's a 30 percent increase from just two years ago when the estimate was one in 88 children

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