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Adamas Pharma wobble after IPO prices at $16 per share, at low end of expected range

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Shares of Adamas Pharmaceuticals wavered Thursday after the drug developer's initial public offering raised $48 million. The offering of 3 million shares priced at $16 each, the low end of an expected range of $16 to $18. The stock rose as much as $1.24, or 7.8 per cent, in morning trading but later declined 25 cents to $15.75. The broader markets were down less than 1 per cent in midday trading as well.

Marriage is healthy for the heart

Being married makes for a healthy heart, while being divorced or widowed is linked to higher rates of cardiovascular disease, according to a study of 3.5 million people released Friday. The study is the largest of its kind to show how heart health is linked to marital status, and was presented at the American College of Cardiology conference.

For family of dementia patients, adult day care can help

By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Regularly using adult day care services for a family member with dementia may help reduce stress for caregivers, a new study suggests. "Caring for someone with dementia often involves high levels of daily stress," Steven H. Zarit said. "This amount of stress exerts wear-and-tear on the body." Zarit led the new study at The Pennsylvania State University in University Park.

Alzheimer's deaths much more common than realized: study

By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Nearly half a million elderly Americans likely died from Alzheimer's disease in 2010, a figure almost six times higher than previous estimates of annual deaths, according to a new study released on Wednesday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that approximately 5 million people are living with Alzheimer's disease in the United States, and that 83,000 die from the condition each year.

Alzheimer's disease may kill as many as cancer in US

Deaths from Alzheimer's disease are under-reported in the United States and the most common form of dementia may be taking as many lives as heart disease or cancer, said a study Wednesday. Alzheimer's disease currently ranks sixth among causes of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Heart disease is first, and cancer second. But researchers reported in the journal Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, that Alzheimer's-linked deaths could be six times more common than thought.

Anger outbursts linked to swift heart attacks

People who have outbursts of anger are at greater risk of having a heart attack or stroke in the two hours immediately after the episode, European researchers said Tuesday. The study -- a big review of published papers -- is the first to give powerful statistical backing to suspicions that strong emotions can drive cardiac risk, although the underlying biological causes remain unclear.

Blood pressure meds may raise elderly fall risk

By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Older people who take blood pressure medications had more serious injuries from falls than those not taking medications, according to a new study. The added risk with blood pressure meds for falls that cause serious injury has been suggested before, but older people shouldn't stop taking their medications based just on these results, the authors say.

U.S. group issues stroke prevention guidelines just for women

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - While stroke is common in both men and women, guidelines released on Thursday for the first time address factors such as pregnancy, birth control pills and menopause that put women at particular risk for the deadly condition. Issued by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association, the guidelines are designed to help doctors and patients recognize stroke risk factors early, when there is time to act.

Experts, groups lowering expectations for next month's federal 'bridge' budget

OTTAWA - Don't expect a pile of goodies or any big new spending programs when Finance Minister Jim Flaherty delivers his budget Feb. 11 — right in the middle of the Sochi Winter Olympics. Experts say the timing signals a stay-the-course fiscal plan aimed at bridging the gap between a $5.5-billion deficit and an anticipated surplus in 2015, and groups seeking federal help appear to be adjusting their expectations accordingly. Be prepared for a budget containing little new money, if at all, and plenty of policy announcements that won't cost anything, observers say.

DDT exposure more common in people with Alzheimer's: study

By Genevra Pittman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who had been exposed to the pesticide DDT were more likely to have Alzheimer's disease than those with no traces of the chemical in their blood, researchers found in a new study. The observation doesn't prove DDT causes Alzheimer's, or that people who have been exposed to the chemical will develop the degenerative brain disease, they said.
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