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  1. Blood Test Spots Adult Depression: Study

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new blood test is the first objective scientific way to diagnose major depression in adults, a new study claims. The test measures the levels of nine genetic indicators (known as "RNA markers") in the blood. The blood te

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  2. Deaths From Narcotic Painkillers

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Americans dying from accidental overdoses of narcotic painkillers jumped significantly from 1999 to 2011, federal health officials reported Tuesday. Deaths from overdoses of drugs such as hydrocodone (Vic

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  3. Sunny Skies Tied to Suicide Rates

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Sept. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Sunny days may be linked to suicide rates, but in a complicated way, new research suggests. In a study of more than 69,000 suicides spanning 40 years, Austrian researchers found two distinct correlations between sun-filled d

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  4. Eating Disorders and Autoimmune Diseases Linked

    Sept. 12, 2014 -- Several autoimmune diseases have been linked to, and may even play a role in the development of, eating disorders, new research suggests. In a large study of more than 2,000 Finnish people with eating disorders, investigators found they were more likely to have an autoimmune diseas

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  5. Teens' Daily Marijuana Use Linked to Poor Outcomes

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who use marijuana on a daily basis before they reach the age of 17 are more likely to have certain long-term problems than their non-using peers, new research from Australia suggests. Compared to non-using teens, the s

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  6. Methadone Lowers Testosterone in Men Only

    Sept. 5, 2014 -- Treating addiction to heroin and other opioid drugs with methadone can dramatically lower testosterone levels, but only in men, new research suggests. A study of more than 1,000 adults showed the men who were treated with methadone had roughly one-quarter of the testosterone found i

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  7. 'Pot Addiction' May Be Real, Study Suggests

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Many people believe that marijuana is not addictive, but a new study challenges that theory. "As more people are able to obtain and consume cannabis legally for medical and, in some states, recreational use, people are less lik

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  8. Doctor-Shopping for Painkillers Common After This

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- About one in five patients operated on for broken bones or other orthopedic trauma shops around for additional painkillers after surgery, a new study finds. Less-educated patients and patients who had used narcotic painkil

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  9. Is Any Amount of Alcohol Good For Us?

    Aug. 29, 2014 -- To drink or not to drink? It's a question not easily answered, at least when it comes to our health. Although we’ve heard for years that moderate drinking is good for our hearts, several recent studies have questioned that long-held belief. And earlier this year, the World Health Or

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  10. Why Am I So Angry?

    At one time or another, everyone feels anger bubbling up. There's nothing wrong with that. Anger is common. It's a normal response when you sense a threat or a social or professional slight. So, when the new guy at work gets promoted and you don't, or when your spouse “pushes your buttons," it’s OK

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