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Vaccine not linked to autism

The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is not linked to development of autism spectrum disorders, even among children considered to be at risk, a large new study finds.

Study shows how human bodily bacteria is changing

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Everyone’s body is brimming with bacteria, and these microbes do plenty of good things like building the immune system and helping digestion. But modern diets, antibiotics and hygiene seem to be reducing the range of microbes occupying our anatomy.

Kraft revamping iconic macaroni & cheese

Kraft Foods Group Inc. on Monday said it is revamping its family-friendly macaroni and cheese meal, removing synthetic colors and preservatives from the popular boxed dinner.
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Exercise your brain to combat aging

Whenever someone asks former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona how his day is going, he typically responds with, “Every day is the same! I’m fighting aging and gravity.”
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Therapy in your own hands: The many health benefits of knitting

SACRAMENTO — As autumnal breezes rustle browning trees, a comfy couch by the hearth soon could become your regular after-work destination. But before you plop down, experts recommend you find a hand-based craft such as knitting or crocheting to keep spirits high during chilly times.

Hazards of nightly sleep-wake-repeat pattern

Sometimes science quantifies something many of us know to be true. So listen up, new parents: Waking up repeatedly to care for a little one isn’t good for your moods and your ability to attend to tasks, and it’s just as bad as not sleeping much at all.

Alzheimer’s drug effective in mice

HARTFORD, Conn. — Researching a new drug compound on mice, Yale School of Medicine researchers were able to reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s on learning and memory, the school announced Tuesday.

Swedish study: Mammograms beneficial in women 75 and up

When a mammogram detects breast cancer in a woman age 75 or older, it’s more likely to be early stage disease that can be treated less aggressively, according to a study of thousands of patients in a Seattle cancer registry.