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The Checkup Archive: Neurological disorders

Is food addiction real?

Even if there is such a thing as food addiction, it's not likely that all or even most of the people in the U.S. who are obese or overweight suffer from such an affliction. While some people may have genetic or other forms of predisposition to addiction, others of us just plain overindulge, and we can't blame our neurochemistry for our decisions to eat more than we should.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 18, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Alcohol and Drugs, Drug Abuse, Eating disorders, Neurological disorders, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity, Psychology, Weight loss  
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Pregnancies spaced closely together result in higher autism risk

A paper in the new issue of Pediatrics finds that when siblings are born 12 or fewer months apart, the second child's risk of autism is tripled compared to that of children born a year or more after their older sibling.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 10, 2011; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Autism, Family Health, Infant health, Infectious Disease, Kids' health, Neurological disorders, Parenting, Pregnancy, Reproductive Health, Vaccinations, Vaccines, Women's Health  
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Autism/vaccine link: Another nail in the coffin

The research that launched an enduring but apparently erroneous belief that autism is caused by a common childhood vaccination has been debunked, disclaimed -- and now debunked again.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 6, 2011; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
Categories:  Autism, Chronic Conditions, Family Health, Kids' health, Neurological disorders, Parenting, Vaccinations, Vaccines  
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Montel Williams's medical marijuana

Former talk-show host and current medical-marijuana advocate Montel Williams reportedly has been fined for possession of a pipe of the sort commonly used to smoke pot.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 5, 2011; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Alcohol and Drugs, Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Medical marijuana, Multiple Sclerosis, Neurological disorders, palliative and hospice care  
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Hallucinogen salvia has no short-term dangers, study says

A hallucinogenic drug that is apparently becoming increasingly popular is extremely powerful but does not appear to produce any adverse effects in the short term in healthy people, according to what researchers say is the first careful study examining the substance.

By Rob Stein  | December 8, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Alcohol and Drugs, Drug Abuse, Mental Health, Neurological disorders, Psychology  
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FDA approves first oral drug to modify MS course

The FDA on Wednesday approved the first oral disease-modifying drug for multiple sclerosis, making an appealing new treatment option available to hundreds of thousands of people with a common form of the disease.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | September 23, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Multiple Sclerosis, Neurological disorders  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Does mental activity prevent dementia? , Rob Stein , September 1, 2010
Big study questions 'brain training', Rob Stein , April 21, 2010
An upbeat MS update, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 18, 2010
Jimmie Heuga changed thinking on MS and exercise, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 11, 2010
The autism/diet connection, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 9, 2010
New SIDS clue found, Rob Stein , February 3, 2010
Ginkgo suffers another blow , Rob Stein , December 29, 2009
When the handwriting on the wall spells autism, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 12, 2009
H1N1 vaccine: One big confusing mess, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 9, 2009
Does Routine Bilirubin Screening Make for Healthier Babies?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 28, 2009
A New Wind A-Blowin' for Medical Marijuana?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 20, 2009
Can Cutting Calories Boost Memory?, Rob Stein , January 29, 2009
Does Vitamin B12 Protect Your Brain?, Rob Stein , September 11, 2008
 
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