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  1. Deaths From Narcotic Painkillers

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Americans dying from accidental overdoses of narcotic painkillers jumped significantly from 1999 to 2011, federal health officials reported Tuesday. Deaths from overdoses of drugs such as hydrocodone (Vic

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  2. Teens' Daily Marijuana Use Linked to Poor Outcomes

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who use marijuana on a daily basis before they reach the age of 17 are more likely to have certain long-term problems than their non-using peers, new research from Australia suggests. Compared to non-using teens, the s

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  3. 'Pot Addiction' May Be Real, Study Suggests

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Many people believe that marijuana is not addictive, but a new study challenges that theory. "As more people are able to obtain and consume cannabis legally for medical and, in some states, recreational use, people are less lik

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  4. Doctor-Shopping for Painkillers Common After This

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- About one in five patients operated on for broken bones or other orthopedic trauma shops around for additional painkillers after surgery, a new study finds. Less-educated patients and patients who had used narcotic painkil

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  5. Is Any Amount of Alcohol Good For Us?

    Aug. 29, 2014 -- To drink or not to drink? It's a question not easily answered, at least when it comes to our health. Although we’ve heard for years that moderate drinking is good for our hearts, several recent studies have questioned that long-held belief. And earlier this year, the World Health Or

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  6. Fewer Painkiller Deaths in States With Medical Pot

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- States that have legalized medical marijuana tend to experience an unexpected benefit -- fewer overdose deaths from narcotic painkillers, a new study suggests. Access to medical marijuana is associated with 25 percent fe

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  7. Heavy Drinking in Pregnancy and Child's Brain

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When a woman drinks heavily during pregnancy, the harmful effects on her child's brain development appear to continue over time, a new study indicates. The findings point to a possible reason for the persistent attention a

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  8. Abuse of Rx Painkillers in High School Athletes

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Abuse of prescription painkillers is on the rise among high school athletes, and football players are among the worst offenders, a new study shows. The finding was published online recently in the Journal of Child &

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  9. Energy Drink Cocktails Boost Desire to Drink More?

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Mixing caffeinated energy drinks with alcohol appears to boost the desire to keep on drinking, new research reveals. The finding from a small study of young adults suggests that the energy drink-booze combination could fuel

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  10. Are You a High-Functioning Alcoholic?

    The classic picture of an alcoholic is someone who always drinks too much too often and whose life is falling apart because of it. But not all problem drinking fits that mold. Some people seem to be just fine while they abuse alcohol. Experts call these people “functional alcoholics” or “high-functi

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