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  1. Synthetic Pot Tied to Surge of Emergency Cases

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors in Colorado are sounding an alarm about the dangers of synthetic marijuana after seeing a surge of emergency cases tied to its use. The products, sold under names like Black Mamba, Crazy Clown, K2 and Spice, se

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  2. Heavy Drinking in Middle Age & Memory Loss in Men

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged men who drink heavily show declines in memory, attention and reasoning skills up to six years sooner than those drinking less alcohol, new research suggests. European scientists found that men drinking 2.5

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  3. Students Smoke Weed Despite School Drug Testing

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- School drug tests don't deter teens from smoking marijuana, but creating a positive school environment might be effective, a new study suggests. About 20 percent of U.S. high schools have drug testing, but this approach is

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  4. World Watches as Colo. Marijuana Law Takes Effect

    Jan. 9, 2014 – More than a week after marijuana prohibition came to an end in Colorado, the joy has faded as residents adjust to the new normal of having the most liberal marijuana laws in the U.S. Long lines are gone from the 37 -- and counting -- pot stores around the state, from Denver and Boulde

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  5. CDC: Docs Aren't Doing Enough to Discourage Problem Drinking

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors aren't talking often enough with their patients about the harmful effects of alcohol, even if those patients are binge drinkers, U.S. health officials reported Tuesday. Only one in six adults says a doctor or hea

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  6. Avoiding That New Year's Hangover

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 31, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Hangover headaches are a common problem over the holidays, but there are ways to prevent them, an expert says. The best way to avoid a hangover headache is to stick to non-alcoholic drinks such as sodas, spritzers and pun

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  7. Teens Opting for Real Pot

    Dec. 20, 2013 -- While U.S. teens are staying away from synthetic marijuana, they're smoking more of the natural version, a new survey of more than 40,000 students shows. USA Today reported Wednesday that high school seniors who said they smoked synthetic drugs such as K2 and Spice dropped from 11 p

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  8. Study Suggests 'Pothead' Stereotype Might Be Real

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 16, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Shrunken structures inside the brains of heavy marijuana users might explain the stereotype of the "pothead," brain researchers report. Northwestern University scientists studying teens who were marijuana smokers or form

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  9. Adult Children of Alcoholics

    If you grew up with a parent who had a drinking problem, you probably hoped everything would be OK once you moved out. But chances are, things haven’t gone as smoothly as you’d wished. And you’re not alone. Being raised by an alcoholic can create issues that last a lifetime, says Patricia O'Gorman,

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  10. OxyContin Tops List of Abused Prescription Drugs

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 9, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Oxycodone -- the active ingredient in OxyContin -- and hydrocodone are the most popular drugs among Americans who abuse prescription painkillers, a new study finds. OxyContin and Percocet are brand names for drugs containin

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