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    1. Whitney Houston's Death Raises Addiction Questions

      Feb. 13, 2012 -- Whitney Houston's death at age 48 is reportedly the result of drug and alcohol abuse. Houston had entered addiction treatment at least three times. Each effort at recovery was followed by relapse. Why do people with addictions so often relapse? What is addiction, and what does it me

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    2. Why Is Alcohol Addictive? Study Offers Clues

      Jan. 11, 2012 -- We know alcohol makes many people feel good, and that it affects the brain, but new research goes a step further by tightening the focus on areas of the brain most likely affected by alcohol. The new brain imaging research may lead to a better understanding of alcohol addiction and

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    3. CDC: 1 in 6 U.S. Adults Is a Binge Drinker

      Jan. 10, 2012 -- About 1 in 6 U.S. adults binge drinks, according to a new CDC report. That's 38 million people who overindulge. They do so an average of about four times a month, sometimes downing eight drinks at a sitting. "Binge drinking is defined as consuming four or more drinks on one occasion

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    4. Worldwide Illegal Drug Use Estimated at 200 Million People a Year

      Jan. 5, 2012 -- Between 149 million and 271 million people worldwide used an illicit drug at least once in 2009, according to a new review of studies attempting to estimate the extent of the problem. That translates to 1 in 20 people aged 15 to 64 taking an illegal drug. But this global figure is li

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    5. Deaths From Drug Poisoning Jump Sixfold

      Dec. 20, 2011 -- The number of deaths from drug poisonings in the U.S. has increased sixfold since 1980. In 2008, more than 41,000 people in the U.S. died from intentional and accidental poisonings. Nine out of 10 poisoning deaths were due to drugs. In 2008, these deaths exceeded the number of death

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    6. Is 27 a Deadly Age for Rock Stars?

      Dec. 20, 2011 -- Rock stars pay a steep price for admission to music's so-called "27 Club" -- death at an early age. But a new study suggests that fame and a rock-'n'-roll lifestyle are the more likely cause of dying young rather than turning 27. For the study, researchers set out to determine wheth

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    7. Chewing Khat Linked to Stroke, Death

      Dec. 12, 2011 -- Chewing an herbal stimulant popular in the Arabian Peninsula and East Africa may pose serious health risks for people with heart disease. A new study shows people with heart disease who chew the fresh leaves of the Catha edulis plant, known as khat, have a higher risk of stroke, hea

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    8. Heart Attacks in 3 Teens Linked to K2

      Nov. 4, 2011 -- Three previously healthy Texas teens had heart attacks after smoking the "legal high" products sold under names such as K2 and Spice. All three of the 16-year-old boys survived, report Colin Kane, MD, and colleagues at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Kane's team

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    9. 40 U.S. Deaths a Day From Prescription Painkillers

      Nov. 1, 2011 -- Every day, 40 Americans die from prescription painkiller abuse, the CDC says. Overdoses of opioid prescription drugs now kill more people in the U.S. than do overdoses from heroin and cocaine combined. Twelve million Americans say they abused prescription drugs in the last year. It's

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    10. As Economy Goes Down, Drinking Goes Up

      Oct. 13, 2011 -- When the going gets tough, it seems that a lot of us may go drinking. Along with higher unemployment and bankruptcy, an economic recession brings increased drinking of alcohol, a study suggests. The increased use of alcohol includes binge drinking, problem drinking, and driving unde

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