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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. Ecstasy Use Tied to Rare Blood Vessel Problem

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A teen who took the street drug called "ecstasy" suffered a potentially deadly bulge in his spinal cord artery, doctors said. This condition -- called a posterior spinal artery aneurysm -- occurs when the artery wall weak

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    8. 1 in 10 Deaths Among Adults Tied to Alcohol: CDC

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- One in 10 deaths among U.S. adults is linked to excessive alcohol consumption, federal officials reported Thursday. While people often link drinking with deaths from motor vehicle accidents and chronic liver disease, m

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    9. Today's Heroin Abusers Often Middle-Class: Study

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Today's typical heroin user is a middle-class suburban dweller who started off with prescription painkillers, a new study reports. Once mainly a problem of teens living in impoverished neighborhoods in large cities, heroin

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    10. Sharp Rise in ER Visits Tied to Abuse of Sedative

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There's been a steep increase in the number of Americans being treated at emergency departments for abuse of the sedative alprazolam, best known as Xanax, federal officials reported Thursday. The number of emergency depar

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