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  1. Adult Asthma Linked to Higher Dementia Risk

    Oct. 31, 2014 -- People with asthma, particularly older ones, face a greater risk of getting dementia, a new study suggests. More research is needed to confirm the findings, the researchers say. The study, led by Yi-Hao Peng, Department of Respiratory Therapy, China Medical University Hospital, Taic

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  2. Is Tau the 'How' Behind Alzheimer's?

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Malfunction of a key brain protein called tau is the likely culprit behind Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, a new study in mice concludes. Neurons -- highly specialized nerve cells in the brain -- appear

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  3. Study Confirms Obesity-Breast Cancer Link for Some

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity increases the risk of certain types of breast cancer in postmenopausal black and Hispanic women, two new U.S. studies show. One study of more than 3,200 Hispanic women found being overweight or obese increased the

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  4. Court Issues Quarantine Order for Maine Nurse

    Oct. 31, 2014 -- A court has issued a quarantine order for a nurse in Maine who treated Ebola patients but resisted state officials' efforts to quarantine her. The court order was sought by the state and requires Kaci Hickox to stay in her hometown of Fort Kent, avoid public transit and businesses,

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  5. Obese Crash-Test Dummies Being Developed

    Oct. 31, 2014 -- New crash-test dummies are being developed to reflect the fact that many Americans are obese. Currently, a typical crash-test dummy represents a person who is about 167 pounds and not overweight. New dummies under development are based on the measurements of a 270-pound severely obe

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  6. Sleep Apnea May Steal Some of Your Memory

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep apnea may make it hard for you to remember simple things, such as where you parked your car or left your house keys, a small study suggests. Tests on 18 people with severe sleep apnea showed that this ability -- call

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  7. Spinal Surgery Varies by Region in U.S.: Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Surgery for low back pain caused by spinal stenosis varies depending on where in the United States you live, a new report says. "Nearly 80 percent of Americans will experience low back pain at some point in their lives, an

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  8. Scientists Set Sights on 1st Whole-Eye Transplant

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In the world of 21st-century medicine, organ transplantation is nothing new. The first kidney transplant took place in 1950, followed by the first liver transplant in 1963 and the first human heart transplant in 1967. By 20

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  9. Survey Reveals Concerns Over Ebola

    Oct. 31, 2014 -- When it comes to Ebola, most Americans say they’re not worried about catching the disease, but they are concerned about the possibility of health care workers who have treated sick patients spreading the virus here. Most also support quarantines for people arriving in the U.S. from

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  10. Brain Scans Give Clues to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There are clear differences in the brains of people with chronic fatigue syndrome and the brains of healthy people, new research indicates. Scientists at Stanford University School of Medicine said their findings

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