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Autism and Fever

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You can hardly turn on the radio or read the news this week without hearing something about the study that indicates that fever seems to relieve the symptoms of autism. When I first heard the news, I was fascinated. What is it in the human brain that gets “fixed” by fevers? It’s absolutely amazing news, […]

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Chimps Have Better Memories

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This seems especially appropriate this time of year when your brain is strained to the limit. Japanese researchers report that young chimpanzees have better memories than adult humans. Does that let us all off the hook for the little details that we forget as the holidays approach?

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Nutrition Scoring

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Now that I’m a mother, I have a low-grade obsession with food labels. While I’m generally familiar with key elements — hidden sugars, high-fructose corn syrups, fiber, sodium, protein and fat — it can still be a real hassle to read through a complicated and lengthy ingredients list, especially when I have a howling toddler […]

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Off-Label Use

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The Wall Street Journal reported today that the FDA is developing a proposal that will allow drug companies to present clinicians with peer-reviewed studies discussing off-label use of a drug or device. While it appears that members of Congress aren’t pleased with the idea, it makes perfect sense. Off-label use is rampant, whether legislators are […]

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