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Blood Test Might Help Prevent Certain Birth Defects
Test to detect mom-to-be's folate concentration could spot those lacking nutrient for infant development

Fruits, Veggies May Have Their Limits in Boosting Lifespan
Study shows a benefit, but that tapers off after 5 servings per day

Health Tip: Monitor a Blister
Check for signs of Infection

Health Tip: Choosing Sunglasses
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Gardens a Center of Calm for People With Dementia
Review found some evidence it helped soothe, distract sufferers, but safeguards important

Annual COPD Costs To Hit $49 Billion by 2020: CDC
Each year, almost 135,000 die from smoking-related chronic lung disease, experts say

Adults Who've Abused Alcohol May Be at Risk for Memory Problems
Researchers say long-term consequences are little-known

Could a Blood Test Predict Suicide Risk?
Certain gene-based chemical changes seem to accompany suicidal behavior, study finds

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Even Thinking an Odor is Harmful May Spur Asthma Symptoms
Study finds people's negative expectations can play a role in flare-ups

Extreme Weather Kills 2,000 in U.S. Each Year: CDC
Heat contributes to nearly one-third of those deaths, report finds

Make Kids' Weight Loss a Family Affair, Study Suggests
If parent and preschooler are both overweight, tackling it together works best, researchers say

Different Areas of Brain Affected in Autism, Sensory Disorders
Sophisticated brain scans show the two conditions are somewhat similar, but are also markedly different

Gene Mutation May Make Food More Tempting
Study shows most common genetic link to obesity triggers activity in the brain's reward centers

Scientists Shed Light on Link Between Depression, Dementia
Researchers deem depression an independent risk factor for dementia

Tip-Over Furniture Can Kill Kids
Experts share childproofing advice

Early Stem Cell Transplant Vital in 'Bubble Boy' Disease
Study found that doing so in first few months of life improved survival odds

Malaria Growing Resistant to Drugs Used to Fight It
But several new drugs are in the development pipeline, experts say

Benefits of E-Cigarettes May Outweigh Harms, Study Finds
Findings run counter to recent calls for strict regulation

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