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    1. 20 Questions for Carrie Fisher

      Carrie Fisher burst onto the big screen in 1975, when she starred opposite the magnetic Warren Beatty in the hit Shampoo. Playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars trilogy -- the first film was released in 1977 -- sealed her claim to fame, but since then she has starred in a wide range of films (includ

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    2. Experts: Alcohol More Harmful Than Crack or Heroin

      Nov. 1, 2010 -- Alcohol abuse is more harmful than crack or heroin abuse, according to a new study by a former British government drug advisor and other experts. Neuropharmacologist David Nutt, MD, of Imperial College London, and colleagues rated 20 different drugs on a scale that takes into account

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    3. Teens Lie About Drug Abuse

      Oct. 25, 2010 -- Teens substantially underreport their use of cocaine and other illicit drugs, even when they know a drug test looms, a new study finds. The findings, which appear in the November issue of Pediatrics, call attention to the need for more reliable methods than self-report when it comes

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    4. Teen Binge Drinking Linked to Attention Problems

      Oct. 19, 2010 -- Teens who binge drink may be more likely to experience problems with attention as well as making decisions and carrying them out (executive function), a study shows. The study, published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, also shows that teens who smoke marijuana tend

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    5. FDA OKs Drug to Treat Opioid Addiction

      Oct. 14, 2010 -- The FDA has approved a drug already used to treat alcohol dependence to help treat patients with addiction to heroin, morphine, and other opioids, including prescription painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin. Vivitrol, a long-acting formulation of naltrexone given by injection o

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    6. ‘Poppers’ May Cause Vision Loss

      Oct. 13, 2010 -- "Poppers," the street name for inhaled alkyl nitrite, may produce more than just a “rush.” They can also cause vision loss, according to researchers in Paris, who report on four such cases in this week's New England Journal of Medicine. Within a few seconds of inhaling the vapors fr

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    7. Economy Driving Americans to Drink?

      Oct. 5, 2010 -- More Americans are drinking alcohol, and the increase is seen in three major ethnic groups -- whites, blacks, and Hispanics, according to a new study. “The reasons for the uptick vary and may involve complex socio-demographic changes in the population, but the findings are clear,” sa

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    8. CDC: Binge Drinking 'Huge U.S. Health Problem'

      Oct. 5, 2010 -- Binge drinking is a "huge public health problem" in the U.S., yet most of us don't know it's a problem, the CDC today announced. Because 80% of binge drinkers are not alcoholics, it's not recognized as a problem, CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH, said today at a news teleconferen

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    9. More Americans Using Illicit Drugs

      Sept. 17, 2010 -- Driven by increases in marijuana smoking, illicit drug use rose in 2009 to 8.7% of the population aged 12 years and older, up slightly from 8% in 2008, according to a new report. The report also shows that the non-medical use of prescription drugs rose from 2.5% of the population i

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    10. Prescription Drug Use on the Rise in U.S.

      Sept. 2, 2010 -- Prescription drug use in the U.S. has been rising steadily in the past decade and the trend shows no signs of slowing, the CDC says in a new report. The study, published in the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief No. 42, says the percentage of Americans who took a

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