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Alzheimer’s takes center stage as new plays tackle memory loss

LONDON Alzheimer’s disease is moving out of the shadows as new plays tackle head-on the emotional pain of a condition that robs its victims of words, memories and coherent thought.…

Concussion treatment, diagnosis focus of world sports conference

Medical experts and National Football League (NFL) officials will gather with peers from other top global sports on Saturday in a bid to accelerate how to properly diagnose and treat…

FDA approves Relypsa’s drug to treat high potassium levels

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Relypsa Inc’s drug to treat potentially fatal levels of potassium in patients with chronic kidney disease or heart problems. The drug, Veltassa, is…

Mediterranean diet linked to healthier aging brain

(Reuters Health) – Following a Mediterranean diet rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, fish and healthy fats may preserve a more youthful brain in old age, a U.S. study…

Knee replacement surgery works, but so can nonsurgical techniques

(Reuters Health) – Total knee replacement can usually relieve pain and improve function, but a nonsurgical regimen can also be effective in some people without posing the complication risks that…

Genetics help explain poor showing for GSK malaria vaccine

LONDON Scientists have found a genetic explanation for why the world’s first malaria vaccine is not very effective in protecting some African children against the deadly mosquito-borne disease. The analysis,…

Marijuana use, disorders doubled since 2001

(Reuters Health) – As attitudes and laws in the U.S. have become more tolerant of marijuana, the proportion of adults using and abusing the substance at least doubled between 2001…

Endo says most of its drugs not marketed via specialty pharmacies

Endo International Plc said a majority of its drugs are not distributed using specialty pharmacies. Endo’s statement follows a similar announcement from Allergan Plc after the New York Times reported…

Web module helps patients decide about lung cancer screening

(Reuters Health) – A brief web-based decision aid gives current or former smokers individualized feedback on whether or not lung cancer screening is right for them, according to a small…

Gates, Slim target maternal, newborn health in Central America

MEXICO CITY The foundations of the two of the world’s richest men are stepping up efforts to use innovative data and mobile technology to end easily preventable deaths of mothers…