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  1. FDA Approves 'Abuse-Resistant' Narcotic Painkiller

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Seeking to make it tougher for people to misuse prescription painkillers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a new hydrocodone tablet that's designed to help thwart abuse. Hydrocodone -- best know

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  2. Many People Who Drink a Lot Aren't Alcoholics: CDC

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most people who drink to excess or binge drink are not alcoholics, a new U.S. government report says. In fact, 90 percent of those who drink too much aren't dependent on alcohol. But one in three adults drinks to exces

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  3. 1 in 5 Adults Dealt With Mental Illness in 2013

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one in five American adults -- 43.8 million people -- had a diagnosable mental illness in 2013, federal officials reported Thursday. The report also found that 10 million adults had a serious mental illness, 15.7

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  4. Scans: Alcoholism Damages Brain's White Matter

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Alcoholism damages white matter throughout the brain and this damage can be detected with brain scans, researchers report. Heavy drinking may be especially damaging to white matter in the frontal areas of the brain, which

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  5. Compulsive Overeating and How to Stop It

    Think back to the last time you ate so much you felt absolutely stuffed. Were you tearing into a huge cake to celebrate a friend’s birthday? Loading up on turkey and sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving? Or were you at home alone, maybe at the end of a tough day? How did you feel afterward -- simply annoy

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  6. Robin Williams Had Lewy Body Dementia: Report

    Nov. 12, 2014 -- Robin Williams had a form of dementia that can cause hallucinations, according to a pathology report. A summary of the forensic evaluation conducted on Williams' brain after he committed suicide notes that he had Lewy body dementia, a degenerative condition in which nerves cells in

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  7. Dark Days Here for Folks With Seasonal Depression

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- October's shorter, darker days can trigger a type of depression, known as seasonal affective disorder, according to an expert. People affected by seasonal affective disorder, also called SAD, may feel overly tired,

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  8. 'Exposure Therapy' and Prolonged Grief Disorder

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Reliving the death of a loved one may help people with prolonged grief disorder, a new study suggests. Exposure therapy, as this approach is called, appears to help survivors struggling with prolonged grief better than

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  9. Anti-inflammatories May Help Ease Depression

    Oct. 22, 2014 -- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may help ease depressive symptoms along with antidepressants, new research suggests. The results link this additional use of NSAIDs -- in particular, Celebrex (celecoxib) -- to people having better responses to antidepressants without a

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  10. More Evidence Exercise May Help Fight Depression

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Physically active people are less likely to show signs of depression, a new study finds. And exercise can help improve mood in people who already feel depressed, but there's a catch: Depressive symptoms appear to be a ba

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