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    1. Beer's Taste May Trigger Urge to Get Drunk

      By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 15 (HealthDay News) -- Just as the smell of freshly brewed coffee may compel you to pour a steaming cup of java, a small taste of beer may activate part of your brain's reward system and trigger the urge for more, a new study suggests. Researc

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    2. Drug Abuse More Likely Among High School Dropouts

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 19 (HealthDay News) -- The link between poor academic performance and substance abuse just got stronger, with a new U.S. government report showing ties between the two. High school seniors who dropped out of school before graduating were more

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    3. Four Loko Must List Alcohol Content on Can: FTC

      FRIDAY, Feb. 15 (HealthDay News) -- The maker of a carbonated alcoholic drink that is popular on college campuses will now be required to disclose exactly how much alcohol is in each container, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday. The new labeling is part of a settlement over deceptive ma

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    4. Safe Drug Disposal Curbs Drug Abuse

      Sept. 27, 2012 -- If you have prescription drugs that are past their expiration date or that you no longer use, you can get rid of them safely this Saturday at a national prescription drug "take-back" event. It's important to dispose of expired drugs or medications you no longer use. They pose a ser

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    5. K2 Trend Not Slowing Down

      “Dude, I honestly think I’m dying.” David, a 19-year-old college student from Atlanta, said this to a friend after trying synthetic marijuana last winter. Just minutes after smoking it, David’s vision blurred. He collapsed to the ground. His heart rate sped up, and he felt intense panic and paranoia

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    6. Pot Use in Teen Years May Lower IQ, Study Shows

      Aug. 27, 2012 -- Heavy, long-term marijuana use beginning in the teens can possibly lead to lower IQ, a provocative new study shows. Frequent, continued use of marijuana starting before age 18 was associated with an eight-point decline in IQ in the study. The decline was not seen in users who starte

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    7. Ecstasy Pills Cause Memory Problems

      July 27, 2012 -- People who use the club drug ecstasy (MDMA) can develop memory problems, a new study shows. In the study, new ecstasy users who took 10 or more ecstasy pills during their first year showed problems with their immediate and short-term memory. The researchers say the memory problems m

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    8. First-Time Teen Alcohol, Drug Use Peaks in Summer

      July 3, 2012 -- Teens are much more likely to try alcohol, cigarettes, and other drugs for the first time during the summer months, according to a new survey. Researchers found first-time use of these substances, as well as marijuana and hallucinogens, peaks during June and July, with thousands more

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    9. Chronic Abuse of Prescription Drugs Skyrocketing

      June 25, 2012 -- Overdose deaths from prescription pain killers is rising, and a new report suggests it's not people looking for a quick fix, but long-term use that may be leading to the problem. A new CDC study shows the number of people who abused prescription pain killers for more than 200 days i

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    10. Chinese Herb Kudzu May Help Drinkers Cut Down

      May 17, 2012 -- An extract from the Chinese herb kudzu may help drinkers cut down on drinking, according to a new pilot study. "It didn't stop the drinking," says researcher David M. Penetar, PhD, assistant professor of psychology at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School. "They still drank, but

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