Rapper apologizes for autism lyric

25 July 2013
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SAN DIEGO – Rapper J. Cole is apologizing to those with autism and their families for an offensive lyric. Cole says in a blog post Sunday that he doesn’t agree with the recent trend of pressure rappers have faced to apologize when they step over a perceived line, but in this case he feels he went too far in a verse he contributed to Drake’s “Jodeci Freestyle.” “To the parents who are fighting through the frustrations that must come with raising a child with severe autism, finding strength and patience that they never knew they had; to the college...

Memory decline may be earliest sign of dementia

20 July 2013
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BOSTON – Memory problems that are often dismissed as a normal part of aging may not be so harmless after all. Noticing you have had a decline beyond the occasional misplaced car keys or forgotten name could be the very earliest sign of Alzheimer’s, several research teams are reporting. Doctors often regard people who complain that their memory is slipping as “the worried well,” but the new studies show they may well have reason to worry, said Maria Carrillo, a senior scientist at the Alzheimer’s Association. One study found that self-reported memory...

Man found in California motel awakens with amnesia

20 July 2013
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PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – Doctors in a Southern California hospital are looking into the mystery of a Florida man who awoke with no memory of his past, speaking only Swedish. The Desert Sun (http://mydesert.co/145PNGw) reports Michael Boatwright woke up with amnesia, calling himself Johan Ek. He doesn’t remember his two ex-wives, or his son. Police transported Boatwright to the Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs after he was found unconscious in a Motel 6 room in February. The 61-year-old U.S. Navy veteran was diagnosed with Transient Global Amnesia, which...

Study: Later retirement may help prevent dementia

20 July 2013
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BOSTON – New research boosts the “use it or lose it” theory about brainpower and staying mentally sharp. People who delay retirement have less risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia, a study of nearly half a million people in France found. It’s by far the largest study to look at this, and researchers say the conclusion makes sense. Working tends to keep people physically active, socially connected and mentally challenged – all things known to help prevent mental decline. “For each additional year of work, the risk...

Tips to boost brain health and lower dementia risk

20 July 2013
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You may be able to help keep your brain in shape, not just the rest of your body. A large study in France suggests that delaying retirement and working until later in life may help prevent dementia. Some other things the Alzheimer’s Association suggests for healthy aging: -Stay active. Many studies show exercise reduces dementia risk. -Stay connected – join a club, travel, volunteer. Social ties boost brain health. -Eat right. High cholesterol may contribute to stroke and brain cell damage, while dark vegetables and fruits may help protect brain cells. ...

Three more Broadway shows slated to be autism-friendly

13 July 2013
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NEW YORK – Autism-friendly performances of “Wicked,” “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” and “The Lion King” are on tap for later this year and next. The Theatre Development Fund, a nonprofit that provides access to live theater, said Thursday the schedule of shows will be: “The Lion King” on Sept. 29, “Spider-Man” on Nov. 16 and “Wicked” on March 2. The Fund bought all the tickets to the three matinees and will offer them at a discount for children and adults on the autism spectrum. The shows will be...

Two stem cell patients stop HIV drugs, no virus seen

06 July 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Two HIV-positive patients in the United States who underwent bone marrow transplants for cancer have stopped anti-retroviral therapy and still show no detectable sign of the HIV virus, researchers said Wednesday. The Harvard University researchers stressed it was too early to say the men have been cured, but said it was an encouraging sign that the virus hasn’t rebounded in their blood months after drug treatment ended. The first person reported to be cured of HIV, American Timothy Ray Brown, underwent a stem cell transplant in 2007 to treat his...

Judge puts parts of new Kan. abortion law on hold

02 July 2013
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TOPEKA, Kan. – A Kansas judge on Friday temporarily blocked some of the state’s new abortion restrictions that were set to take effect next week, including a requirement that providers said would make it nearly impossible for a woman to obtain an emergency abortion. Shawnee County District Judge Rebecca Crotty blocked two provisions. One requires providers to declare on their websites that the state health department’s information on abortions and fetal development is accurate and objective. Another redefines medical emergencies so that they don’t include mental health...