Healthwatch: Wednesday’s Medical News

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A new discovery about the brains of boys and girls with autism.  Have you had your teeth checked lately? Why you should quit smoking after angioplasty.

Researchers at UC Davis have found that the brains of boys and girls with autism are wired differently. They say the fibers connecting the right and left hemispheres are not the same. They also found big behavioral differences between girls with autism and girls without autism, suggesting that girls may have bigger social issues than boys with the disorder.

9 out of 10 adults in the US had cavities in their permanent teeth according to a 2011-2012 Survey from the National Center for Health Statistics. A quarter of adults had untreated tooth decay and 19 percent of adults over 65 had lost all their teeth.

A new study from the American Heart Association finds patients who quit smoking after angioplasty have better quality of life. Researchers tracked nearly 3,000 patients who had the procedure to open blocked heart arteries. They found, smokers who didn’t quit experienced more chest pain.

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