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  1. Autism's Costs Can Run Into Millions for One Person

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The lifetime cost of supporting just one person with autism can range from $1.4 million to $2.4 million, with factors as varied as lost wages, residential care and special education driving up expenses, a new study has fo

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  2. 4th U.S. Case of Mad Cow-Related Disease Reported

    June 6, 2014 -- A fourth U.S. case of a fatal brain disorder that's related to mad cow disease has been confirmed by federal health officials. The patient lived in Texas and died recently. Laboratory tests done during an autopsy of the man's brain showed he had variant CJD (Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

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  3. Yoga, Meditation May Help Dementia Patients

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Life with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias can be difficult for the affected individual and his or her caregiver. But a small British study suggests that a "holistic" program involving yoga, meditation and other interv

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  4. FDA OKs First Device for Restless Legs Syndrome

    June 2, 2014 -- The FDA has approved the first device to improve sleep in patients with restless legs syndrome (RLS). The device, a pad called Relaxis, was approved Friday. The patient lies in bed and places his or her legs on the pad, which provides vibrations that gradually ramp down and stop. The

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  5. Obama Calls for More Youth Concussion Research

    May 30, 2014 -- More research into youth sports concussion is needed in order to better understand he scope of the issue and the long-term impacts of this type of injury, President Barack Obama said Thursday at a day-long summit on the topic at the White House. "We want our kids participating in spo

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  6. Environmental Changes to Genes & Kids With Autism

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research appears to confirm that environmental influences on genes, and not just gene mutations, play a role in the development of autism. Scientists from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva Univers

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  7. Exercise Aids in Stroke Recovery

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise is an important, though often underused, way to improve mental and physical recovery in stroke survivors, according to experts. Stroke survivors should be prescribed exercise because many become inactive and suffe

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  8. Concussion Rates Double Among High School Athletes

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The rate of concussions in U.S. high school athletes more than doubled between 2005 and 2012, new research shows. The trend probably reflects an increased awareness and more legislation governing concussions in student

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  9. Adults With Autism at Risk for Many Health Problems

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Autism apparently isn't a stand-alone disorder, with new research revealing that adults with autism often face a host of mental and physical illnesses. Kaiser Permanente researchers found that nearly all medical condit

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  10. Early Repetitive Behaviors May Signal Autism Risk

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There may be a simple way to help spot signs of autism early on in siblings of children with the disorder, new research suggests. The study, which included 184 children at high risk of autism, found that those who developed

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