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Two Studies Link Diabetes To Alzheimer's
Blood-sugar levels can effect the brain. The "Wall Street Journal" says two recent studies add new evidence that diabetes might be a significant risk factor for developing Alzheimer's disease. A new study from Washington University in St. Louis has found a link between blood sugar and the protein connected to Alzheimer's . Meanwhile, a study from the University of Pittsburgh has found that those with type-one diabetes have significantly more brain lesions and slower cognitive function than those without diabetes. Neither study is definitive, but researchers say the results underscore the need for people with diabetes to control their blood sugar. 
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California Man Receives Brain Chip That Moves Robotic Arm
A technology that implants a special chip in the brain is giving some hope of independence to people with extensive paralysis. Erik Sorto of California has spent the last two years in a clinical trial of a brain implant that "senses" the type of movement he wants to make. That intent is then transferred to a robotic arm. Researches say the placement of the implant has made the movements of the robotic arm more more fluid and natural than any previous attempt. Sorto, who is paralyzed from the neck down, is able to grasp a cup, shake hands and do several other motions using the implants. The results of the trial were published in the journal "Science".
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Painkiller May Cause Defect In Male Fetus
The painkiller considered safest for pregnant women may not be safe for a baby boy. New research on the painkiller paracetamol says using the popular drug for more than a week could potentially have effects on a developing male fetus. Researchers at the Center for Reproductive Health at the University of Edinburg say tests on mice have found a link between the extended use of the drug and certain birth defects in baby boys. The researchers add that they don't believe using the painkiller for a day would have any negative effect on the fetus. 
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Children's Cancer Fund
Regarding the reports in today's news, the Child Cancer Fund, Inc. wants to clarify that the Jacksonville-based charity is not in any way associated with the Children's Cancer Fund of America currently receiving media attention. The other group is a national organization with no affiliation with the Child Cancer Fund. The Funds raised by Child Cancer fund, largely through corporate and individual donations, remain in the Jacksonville area to serve children struggling with cancer and to support their families. We take our responsibility to our donors seriously. We are grateful for the generosity of our donor base and appreciate their support in helping local children and their families through the challenges of childhood cancer.
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Weightlifting Could Help Breast Cancer Survivors
Breast Cancer survivors could see great benefits from weight lifting. Research from the University of Pennsylvania shows that exercising during and after cancer treatment is in fact safe and effective. The study found that breast cancer survivors who practiced weight lifting were less likely to have physical deterioration than those who didn't. Not only did weight lifting helped physically, but also psychologically. The study was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
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Paul Allen Launches Database That Maps The Human Brain
A newly released database is getting scientists one step closer to uncovering the human brain. The Allen Institute for Brain Science released the Allen Cell Types Database, which is the first initiative in founder Paul Allen's ten-year-plan to discover the inner workings of the human brain. With this new information, scientist hope to understand how normal brains work, which will help uncover diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. The institute was founded more than a decade ago and is backed by five-hundred-million-dollars form Microsoft.
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