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Health Watch: December 19th

A look at the stories affecting your health.
The life expectancy for young people who are being treated for the AIDS virus is increasing. New research shows 20-year-old HIV positive Americans on anti-retroviral therapy can expect to live into their early 70s, a life expectancy approaching that of the general population.

A new study of pregnant women shows those who take certain antidepressants during pregnancy are not at greater risk of having an autistic child. Previous studies have shown a link between anti-depressants known as Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) and autism spectrum disorders. The much larger study, out of Denmark, found no link. 

Angelina Jolie may have raised awareness about breast cancer when she announced her preventative mastectomy, but a new survey finds most Americans are still confused about their own risk. Researchers in Maryland found 75 percent of those surveyed were aware of the Oscar winner's story. But fewer than 10 percent could correctly answer questions about the braca gene mutation she carries, or the typical person's chances of developing the disease. 
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