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  1. Widowhood May Delay Dementia in Some Seniors

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Losing a spouse may be linked to multiple health issues, but dementia isn't one of them, according to a new study. For certain seniors, widowhood may even delay dementia, the researchers found. "For those who had a mild

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  2. iPads Can Trigger Nickel Allergies in Kids

    By E.J. Mundell HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When an 11-year-old boy in San Diego developed a nasty skin allergy, doctors traced it to the nickel in his family's iPad. They also found a quick and easy solution -- cover the iPad's metal surfaces with a form-fitting cas

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  3. Stress May Leave You Heading to the Cookie Jar

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Stress can slow a woman's metabolism and lead to weight gain, new research suggests. The study included 58 women, average age 53, who were asked about their stress levels the previous day and then given a meal than include

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  4. Your Genes May Help Pick Your Friends

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A person's DNA may play a big role in who they decide to hang with, a new study suggests. "Looking across the whole genome, we find that, on average, we are genetically similar to our friends," study co-author James Fowler

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  5. Bed-Sharing Linked to SIDS

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Risk factors for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) appear to change with the age of the infant, researchers say. They found that younger babies are more likely to die when they're sharing beds, while older babies face a

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  6. Can Games, Puzzles Keep Aging Minds Sharp?

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who enjoy mentally stimulating games may have bigger brains and sharper thinking skills than their peers, new research suggests. The study looked at the connection between playing games such as puzzles, crossword

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  7. High BP May Protect the Very Old From Dementia

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests high blood pressure may not be all bad. Elevated levels might help to stave off mental decline among the extreme elderly, the study suggests. The finding follows a decade spent tracking high blood pressu

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  8. U.S. News & World Report: Best Hospitals

    July 15, 2014 -- The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, ranked first on the 2014 U.S. News & World Report list of best U.S. hospitals, also capturing half of the top spots for 16 specialty areas. Last year, the top spot went to Johns Hopkins Hospital, which slipped to third this year. Massachusetts Gener

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  9. Study: 1 in 3 Alzheimer's Cases 'Preventable'

    July 14, 2014 -- About one-third of Alzheimer's disease cases are preventable, according to research by the University of Cambridge, England. The study identifies seven risk factors, with lack of exercise topping the list. A previous study published in 2011 suggested as many as half of cases of Alzh

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  10. Could a Simple Smell Test Help Spot Alzheimer's Early?

    By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, July 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that a faltering sense of smell might signal the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, and that an inexpensive, low-tech smell test could spot who needs more extensive screening for dementia. In

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