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  1. Exercise for Depression: How It Helps

    Five years ago, after ending a long-term relationship, Anita became seriously depressed. It benched the once-physically active writer, who asked that her last name be withheld to protect her privacy. She stopped running and began gaining weight and falling out of shape. It was not the first time she

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  2. Can Antidepressants Work for Me?

    How effective are antidepressants? That's a question that many people with depression have asked -- and research suggests that the answers aren't simple.   It's a question that's relevant to millions. About one in 10 Americans takes an antidepressant, now the most commonly prescribed type of drug in

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  3. The Truth About Toxicology Tests

    On television crime shows, the results of toxicology tests are spewed out at warp speed, sometimes available even before the autopsy is complete. In real life, toxicology test results take much longer. "Some of the tests take days, weeks, months," says Alan Hall, MD, a board-certified toxicologist a

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  4. What Is Pedophilia?

    Pedophilia can sometimes be a taboo topic. But it's often in the headlines. What is pedophilia? Who are pedophiles? How is it treated by the medical community? Here are answers from sexologist Ray Blanchard, PhD, adjunct psychiatry professor at the University of Toronto. A pedophile is a person who

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  5. Tempted to Quit Antidepressants?

    Antidepressants are designed to boost mood and relieve sadness, but for some patients, their side effects fuel another emotion: frustration. Just ask Maryland resident Jane Niziol. Her doctor prescribed Paxil after a difficult breakup left her feeling depressed and overwhelmed. Niziol recalls the me

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  6. Why Ostracism Hurts

    When Debra Yergen switched jobs, she got the cold shoulder from people she considered close friends. Yergen had spent three years working at a community hospital in Washington state, but when she started her new position as director of communications for a regional medical center that competed with

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  7. Serotonin: 9 Questions and Answers

    Serotonin acts as a neurotransmitter, a type of chemical that helps relay signals from one area of the brain to another. Although serotonin is manufactured in the brain, where it performs its primary functions, some 90% of our serotonin supply is found in the digestive tract and in blood platelets.

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  8. Mira Sorvino Tackles Diabetes, Bipolar, and Human Trafficking

    Born in Tenafly, N.J., actress Mira Sorvino has won acclaim for her roles in a wide range of movies, including Barcelona, Quiz Show, Mighty Aphrodite, and Romy and Michele's High School Reunion. She spoke to WebMD the Magazine about her work with the families of people with diabetes, as well as her

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  9. Omar Epps Wants to Prevent Military Suicides

    Omar Epps, co-star of Fox's hit medical drama House, also co-stars in a TV, radio, and online campaign to help stop suicide among members of the military. "The high rate of suicide in the military -- we wanted to shine some light on that," says Epps, referring to the star-studded cast of the public

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  10. 25 Ways to Find Joy and Balance During the Holidays

    Feeling down during the holidays can be tough, especially since you seem so out of step with the world. Everyone else seems to be beaming, ruddy-cheeked, bursting with holiday spirit. You’re feeling wretched and exhausted. But here’s something to cheer you up the next time you’re stuck in a room of

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