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  1. Link Found Between Cancer Diagnosis, Stroke Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Newly diagnosed cancer patients are at increased risk for stroke in the months after they find out they have the disease. And the risk of stroke is higher among those with more aggressive cancer, a new study says. The fi

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  2. Can Pets Boost Social Skills for Kids With Autism?

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Owning a pet may play a role in social skills development for some children with autism, a new study suggests. The findings are among the first to investigate possible links between pets and social skills in kids with an auti

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  3. Exercise and Risk of Falls in Parkinson's Patients

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Exercises that focus on balance and leg strengthening may help some people with Parkinson's disease avoid falls, according to a new clinical trial. The study, reported online Dec. 31 in Neurology, found that the benefits w

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  4. FDA Approves Combo Pill for Alzheimer’s Disease

    Dec. 29, 2014 -- The FDA has approved a combination pill for moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease in people already being treated with both drugs. The pill, called Namzaric, combines memantine hydrochloride extended-release (Namenda) and donepezil hydrochloride (Aricept). The two drugs are often p

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  5. Stem Cell Therapy for MS Shows Promise

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental therapy that kills off and then "resets" the immune system has given three years of remission to a small group of multiple sclerosis patients, researchers say. About eight in 10 patients given this treatm

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  6. Gene Mutations May Determine Severity, Type of Autism

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Different types of gene mutations may play a role in the severity and type of autism, new research suggests. The findings could lead to improved diagnosis and treatments for the disorder, the researchers added. No two peop

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  7. Vaccine for Deer Against 'Mad Cow'-Like Illness Shows Promise

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, Dec. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new vaccine created to fight an illness similar to "mad cow disease" in deer might also protect livestock and even humans from similar brain infections, researchers report. The vaccine appears to help prevent deer from b

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  8. You May Have Lower Stroke Risk if You Can Do This

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If you can't balance on one leg for at least 20 seconds you may be at risk of a stroke, Japanese researchers suggest. Difficulty standing on one leg may indicate that small strokes or tiny bleeds have already occurred,

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  9. Medical Marijuana's Use for Brain Disorders

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- It's too soon to tell whether medical marijuana can help treat neurological disorders such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) said in a new position statem

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  10. Stent Treatment May Lower Stroke Disability

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Using a stent to capture and remove a stroke-causing blood clot is safe and improves recovery, Dutch researchers report. About one-third of patients who had the procedure -- called intraarterial treatment -- recovered

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