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  1. 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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  2. ER Visits Linked to Synthetic Pot More Than Double

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of visits to U.S. emergency rooms linked to synthetic pot -- also known as "K2" or "Spice" -- have more than doubled in recent years, U.S. officials reported Thursday. "Synthetic cannabinoids are a growing pub

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  3. Just Try Getting an Appointment With a Psychiatrist

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Residents of major U.S. metropolitan areas who need a psychiatrist are often likely to come up empty-handed, regardless of ability to pay, new research suggests. Why? Wrong numbers, unreturned phone calls, and full practic

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  4. Eating Disorders May Start in Elementary School

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Eating disorders can begin before puberty and may be linked with other mental health issues, a new study shows. Canadian researchers evaluated 215 children, aged 8 to 12, with eating problems. More than 15 percent of the k

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  5. Most Painkiller Abusers Unprepared for Overdose

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although teens and young adults who abuse prescription painkillers face a high risk of overdose, most don't know how to respond when one occurs, new research shows. At issue is the increasingly popular, non-medicinal use of

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  6. Heroin Overdose Deaths Doubled in Much of U.S.

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Deaths from heroin overdoses doubled from 2010 to 2012, U.S. federal health officials reported Thursday. The new report included data from 28 states that account for 56 percent of the U.S. population. This big increase

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  7. Doctors' Group Issues Painkiller Guidelines

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The risks of powerful narcotic painkillers outweigh their benefits for treating chronic headaches, low back pain and fibromyalgia, a new statement from the American Academy of Neurology says. Narcotic, or opioid, painkill

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  8. Researchers Evaluate Blood Test for Psychosis

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A blood test may help identify people at risk for psychosis, a new study suggests. Psychosis, which includes hallucinations or delusions, is caused by severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia, according to backgrou

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  9. Special Therapy May Help 'Complicated Grief'

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For people mired in grief after a loved one's death, a specially designed therapy may work better than a standard treatment for depression, a new study finds. The debilitating condition, known as complicated grief, is

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  10. Family-Based Therapy for Anorexia

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Family-based therapies can benefit teens with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, a new study suggests. "The take-away message for parents is that, first, there is good treatment available for their child who is stru

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