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  1. Surgery for OCD: Who Will Benefit?

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Though most patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can be successfully treated with medication and therapy, between 10 percent to 20 percent have a form of the illness that doesn't respond to standard care, expert

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  2. Drug Can Cause Dangerous Skin Reaction: FDA

    Dec. 12, 2014 -- The antipsychotic medicine Geodon (ziprasidone) and generic versions of the drug can cause a rare, dangerous skin reaction that can progress to affect other parts of the body, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. The agency has ordered that ziprasidone's label carry a new war

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  3. Laughing Gas Shows Promise in Treating Depression

    Dec. 10, 2014 -- Laughing gas may help treat severe depression, researchers say. Their study of 20 patients found that nitrous oxide -- often used to sedate dental surgery patients -- can be a fast-acting and effective treatment for severe depression in people who haven't responded to antidepressant

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  4. Brains of Young Bipolar Patients Who Try Suicide

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Teens and young adults who attempted suicide were found to have abnormalities in the frontal areas of their brains, a new study says. Researchers conducted brain scans on 68 participants, aged 14 to 25, with bipolar disord

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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