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Has Stanford University found a cure for Alzheimer's disease?

Alzheimer's cure possibleAlzheimer's could be prevented and even cured by boosting the brain's own immune response, scientists at Stanford University believe.

Researchers discovered that nerve cells die because cells which are supposed to clear the brain of bacteria, viruses and dangerous deposits, stop working.
These cells, called 'microglia' function well when people are young, but when they age, a single protein called EP2 stops them operating efficiently.

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US abortion clinics shutter to record low

abortion clinics shutter to all time lowThe number of abortion clinics across the country has shrunk by nearly one-quarter over the last five years, with 60 facilities shuttered in 2014 alone, according to new research.

A total of 551 clinics remain open nationwide, the smallest figure in more than two decades, according to a survey released Monday by the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue.

Clinic closures have spiked since the Republican wave of 2010, when the GOP took over the House and made gains in state legislatures around the country.

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CDC monitoring lab tech for possible Ebola exposure

CDCA laboratory technician at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was being monitored Wednesday for possible accidental exposure to the Ebola virus that came during an experiment, officials said.

The person working in a secure laboratory in Atlanta may have come into contact with a small amount of a live virus, CDC spokeswoman Barbara Reynolds said in an emailed statement. The experimental material was on a sealed plate, but wasn't supposed to be moved into the lab in which the technician was working, Reynolds said. The worker will be monitored for 21 days and the person's name hasn't been released.

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Mind over matter, the brain alone can tone muscle

brain can tone muscleNew research suggests muscles respond to simple thoughts of exercise; simply imagining exercise can trick the muscles into delaying atrophy and even getting stronger. It's further proof that brain and body, which evolved together, are more intwined than separate.

To demonstrate the power of the brain, researchers at Ohio University wrapped a single wrist of two sets of study participants in a cast -- immobilizing their muscles for four weeks. One set was instructed to sit still and intensely imagine exercising for 11 minutes, five days a week. More than just casually daydream about going to the gym, participants were instructed to devote all of their mental energy towards imagining flexing their arm muscles.

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Hope for dementia patients: Study suggests lost memories can be restored

Memory loss might be restorableResearchers at UCLA say new science suggests lost memories are restorable, lending hope to the millions of Americans facing early onset dementia as a result of Alzheimer's.

Until now, the best neuroscience assumed memories were stored in the synapses, the connections between neurons. Scientists believe Alzheimer's is the result of plaque buildup in brain, which degrades and kills these synapses -- erasing the memory stored there.

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Health study: Half of Dr. Oz's advice is bad

Dr. Oz information flawedThe British Medical Journal examined popular daytime medical talk shows "The Doctors" and "The Dr. Oz Show" for the accuracy of their advice and found that much of it was wrong.

The BMJ evaluated 40 episodes each of "The Doctors" and "The Dr. Oz Show" and compared their medical advice to the accurate medical information available. They found at least half of the advice half of the advice and recommendations prescribed by Dr. Mehmet Oz and the cast of "The Doctors" was supported by no evidence or contradicted the best information available.

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NY releases planned medical marijuana rules

NY medical marijuanaThe state took another step Thursday toward getting its medical marijuana program up and running, with the Department of Health releasing a set of proposed rules that will soon be put to public comment.

The planned regulations lays out procedures that include identification cards for users and a detailed application process for those seeking one of four licenses to grow the drug. They come six months after Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature approved a law allowing marijuana to be prescribed by doctors.

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