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  1. Helping Your Loved One Get Schizophrenia Treatment

    If your friend or relative with schizophrenia won't get treatment, there are steps you can take to help. First, listen to his concerns in an open-minded, supportive way. Then talk about how treatment will help. Explain that he has an illness and it's treatable. "You'd get treatment for diabetes or h

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  2. Is It Possible to Prevent Schizophrenia?

    Schizophrenia is a complex illness that may partly involve your genes. But other events in your life may also play a role. Scientists are edging closer to figuring out if there are ways to lower the risk of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia can sometimes run in families, but there isn't one specific gene

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  3. Smartphone App May Help People Overcome Alcoholism

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A smartphone application, or "app," designed to tackle addiction has helped recovering alcoholics stay sober or reduce their risky drinking, a new clinical trial reports. Participants using the A-CHESS app were 65 pe

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  4. Study on Medical Marijuana for Veterans With PTSD

    March 18, 2014 -- A long-delayed study to examine the use of marijuana in treating U.S. veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder will finally begin after the federal government removed a major roadblock. The University of Arizona study was approved by the Food and Drug Administration but the res

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  5. Does Self-Esteem Affect Seniors' Health?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- High levels of self-esteem might mean better health for seniors, according to a new study. It included 147 people aged 60 and older who were followed for four years. Every two years, they were checked for levels of the st

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  6. 'Love Hormone' May Help Those With Anorexia

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A small, preliminary study hints that a hormone connected to positive feelings could help ease obsessions with food and obesity in people with anorexia. "Patients with anorexia have a range of social difficulties, which

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  7. Weed Use Up, Cocaine Use Down, U.S. Report Finds

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Americans' use of cocaine fell by half from 2006 to 2010, but marijuana use increased by more than 30 percent during that time, according to a new report. The spike in pot use may be due to an increase in the number of pe

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  8. Pfizer Recalls Effexor Antidepressant

    March 7, 2014 -- Pfizer Inc. has issued a recall for the antidepressant Effexor (venlafaxine HCI), because it may have been contaminated with a heart drug. Interaction between the two could be fatal. The recall affects one lot of 30-count Effexor XR (venlafaxine HCI) 150-mg extended-release capsules

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  9. Study Finds Doctors Prescribing More Sedatives

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors in the United States are writing more prescriptions for sedatives than ever before, and the frequent use of these powerful drugs in combination with narcotic painkillers may be causing medication-related deaths, a

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  10. Hearing Loss Tied to Depression in Study

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Hearing loss is associated with depression among American adults, especially women and those younger than age 70, according to new research. While other studies previously have found the same link, many of them looked

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