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    1. One-Quarter of Narcotic Painkillers Misused

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Almost a quarter of powerful narcotic painkillers that are prescribed for chronic pain are misused, and the rate of addiction among patients hovers near 10 percent, a new review shows. The findings raise questions about

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    2. Synthetic Pot Linked to Kidney Injury

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that synthetic marijuana, also known as K2 or Spice, might harm the kidneys. "Use and abuse of these products have been tied to acute kidney injury in patients across the country," Kerry Willis, chie

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    3. Palcohol: Risky for Teens and People in Recovery?

      March 13, 2015 -- The powdered alcohol product known as Palcohol may be available on store shelves this summer. Some health officials are concerned it will only worsen underage drinking. Federal regulators with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved the new product this week. Five sta

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    4. Powdered Alcohol Approved by U.S. Regulators

      March 11, 2015 -- U.S. regulators have approved a controversial powdered alcohol product called Palcohol, which is meant to be mixed into drinks. Four varieties of Palcohol were approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, said agency spokesman Tom Hogue, but he added that states have t

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    5. Heroin Overdose Deaths Quadruple Since 2000

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Heroin overdose deaths have skyrocketed in recent years, quadrupling since 2000, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday. At the same time, poisoning deaths related to painkiller abuse have leveled off, even dropping

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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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