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Could a Blood Test Spot Autism in Childhood?...
SOURCES: Juergen Hahn, Ph.D., professor and department head, department of biomedical engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.; Mathew Pletcher, Ph.D., vice president and head, genomic discovery, Autism Speaks; March 16, 2017, PLOS Computational Biology

THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 -- Researchers say an experimental blood test has shown promise as a novel way to diagnose autism in children.

The test appears to be nearly 98 percent accurate in kids between the ages of 3 and 10, the researchers claimed.

"The test was able to predi...

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Headaches Often Strike Before Strokes in Kids: Study...
SOURCE: American Stroke Association, news release, Feb. 22, 2017

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 22, 2017 -- Children are much more likely than adults to have a headache before an ischemic stroke, new research suggests.

An ischemic stroke is caused by a blocked blood vessel in the brain.

"Stroke should be considered as a possible diagnosis in any child with a ...

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Kids Should Be Screened for Lazy Eye by Age 5...
SOURCE: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, press release, Feb. 28, 2017

TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 -- Young children should be screened at least once for lazy eye before they turn 5 years old, a U.S. panel of experts says.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task (USPSTF) is still advising parents to have their kids screened at least once for lazy eye or its risk factor...

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