Diabetes Complication Rates Drop Among U.S. Adults

WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The rates of five serious complications from diabetes -- heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, amputations and death -- have all dropped dramatically since 1990, a new U.S. government study shows.

Apathy Might Signal Brain Shrinkage in Old Age: Study

WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who show signs of apathy tend to have a smaller brain volume than their peers with more vim and vigor, a new study suggests.

Key Brain 'Networks' May Differ in Autism, Study Suggests

WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Differences in brain connectivity may help explain the social impairments common in those who have autism spectrum disorders, new research suggests.

Brain Scans Might Spot Potential for Recovery From Coma

TUESDAY, April 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Brain scans could help identify comatose patients who have the potential to wake up, a new study suggests.

Study Links Casual Marijuana Use to Changes in Brain

TUESDAY, April 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Young people who occasionally smoke marijuana may be rewiring their brains, with their pot use causing structural changes to brain regions related to motivation, emotion and reward, a small study says.

Nonwhites Exposed to More Air Pollution: Study

TUESDAY, April 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nonwhite Americans are exposed to 38 percent higher levels of nitrogen dioxide air pollution than whites, a new study shows.

Family Dog Can Help Kids With Autism

TUESDAY, April 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism may find the "unconditional" love of the family dog a real help, a small new study finds.

Less Salt Use Tied to Drop in U.K. Heart Deaths

MONDAY, April 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A drop in salt consumption likely played a big role in a recent large reduction in deaths related to heart disease and stroke in England, a new study suggests.

Young People With Epilepsy Face Higher Injury Risk: Study

MONDAY, April 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Young people with epilepsy are more likely than kids without the neurological disorder to suffer broken bones or burns, a new large study from England finds.

Study Ties Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy to Autism Risk in Boys

MONDAY, April 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Boys with autism were three times more likely to have been exposed to antidepressants known as SSRIs in the womb than typically developing children, according to new research.