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  1. Study Explores Secrets of Marijuana 'Munchies'

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The marijuana "munchies" -- those food cravings that follow pot use -- appear to be driven by neurons in the brain that normally suppress appetite, a new mouse study suggests. Pot's chemical compounds, called cannabin

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  2. Benefits of Moderate Drinking Overblown: Report

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- All that talk of red wine and other alcoholic beverages being good for your health if consumed in moderation is just plain wrong, a new analysis contends. A review of nearly 53,000 British people found little to no heal

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  3. Daily Drinking May Raise Risk of Liver Cirrhosis

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Daily drinking increases the risk of alcohol-related liver cirrhosis, a new study found. It's generally believed that overall alcohol consumption is the major contributor to cirrhosis. But these new findings suggest that

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  4. Many Women of This Age Take Narcotic Painkillers

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Too many women of childbearing age take narcotic painkillers, putting any unborn babies at risk, U.S. health officials said Thursday. Thirty-nine percent of females aged 15 to 44 who were enrolled in Medicaid filled a

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  5. Could a Drink a Day Lower Your Heart Failure Risk?

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Having a drink each day might help lower a middle-aged person's odds for heart failure, a new study reveals. The investigation suggests that men in their 40s, 50s and 60s who drink as much as seven comparably sized glasses of

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  6. Many Who Drink Also Take Prescription Meds: Study

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A substantial number of Americans who drink also take medications that should not be mixed with alcohol, new government research suggests. The study, of nearly 27,000 U.S. adults, found that among current drinkers, about 43 p

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  7. U.S. Painkiller Abuse 'Epidemic' May Be Declining

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. "epidemic" of prescription-painkiller abuse may be starting to reverse course, a new study suggests. Experts said the findings, published Jan. 15 in the New England Journal of Medicine, are welcome news. The decli

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  8. Many Seniors Toast to Retirement Too Often

    Jan. 14, 2015 -- Many retirees drink too much. Retirement alone doesn't lead to this unhealthy habit, though. Several things do, according to a new review of studies. Certain aspects of not working anymore might fuel feelings of depression and purposelessness, as well as financial and marital strain

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  9. Work Hard, Party Harder?

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Working long hours may raise the risk for alcohol abuse, according to a new study of more than 300,000 people from 14 countries. Researchers found that employees who worked more than 48 hours a week were almost 13 perce

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  10. Alcohol Poisoning Kills 6 Americans Every Day: CDC

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new report finds that six people die in the United States each day after consuming far too much alcohol in too short a time -- a condition known as alcohol poisoning. "Alcohol poisoning deaths are a heartbreaking reminde

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