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    1. Social Anxiety? Fermented Foods May Help

      June 18, 2015 -- A diet rich in fermented foods and drinks likely to contain probiotics may help curb social anxiety in young adults, new research suggests. The study points to a promising link. It doesn't prove cause and effect, though, says Matthew Hilimire, PhD, an assistant professor in the depa

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    2. 'Feel Good' Brain Chemical and Social Anxiety

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Levels of the brain chemical serotonin are too high in people with social phobia, rather than too low as previously believed, a new study says. Researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden conducted brain scans on volunt

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    3. Legalizing Medical Pot May Not Raise Teen Use

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When states legalize medical marijuana, this does not lead to greater use of the drug by teens, a new study suggests. The findings are published June 15 in The Lancet Psychiatry. "Our findings provide the strongest eviden

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    4. Pot 'Dabbing' Poses Risk of Serious Burns

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A potentially hazardous form of marijuana use called "dabbing" is growing in popularity across the United States, researchers warn. In dabbing, users inhale through a water pipe the vapor from "dabs" of waxy or solid mar

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    5. Synthetic Pot a Growing Danger, CDC Report Finds

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Calls to poison centers for problems caused by synthetic marijuana spiked more than 220 percent since last year, according to a new U.S. government report. That includes a 330 percent increase in calls from January 201

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    6. 3 in 10 Have Drinking Problem at Some Point

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 30 percent of Americans have a problem with alcohol at some point in their lives, ranging from binge drinking to full-blown alcoholism, but less than 20 percent are ever treated, a new study found. Alcohol use d

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    7. Over 4 Million Workers Have Anxiety Disorders

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that 4.3 million Americans with full-time jobs had an anxiety disorder in the past year. That number represents 3.7 percent of full-time workers aged 18 and older, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse a

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    8. ‘$5 Insanity’: What You Should Know About Flakka

      May 21, 2015 -- Some call it “$5 Insanity.” Flakka, a new designer drug, is surging in popularity. Poison control centers in states including Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas are responding to an increasing number of incidents involving it. Here’s what you need to know: What is flakka? It’s

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    9. A Billion Smokers, 240 Million Alcohol Abusers

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Tobacco and alcohol take a big toll on the health of people around the world, a new global survey shows. The research suggests that about a billion people -- more than 20 percent of the world's adult population -- smoke, a

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    10. Secondhand Pot Smoke Can Give Others Mild 'High'

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In unventilated rooms or vehicles, secondhand marijuana smoke can affect people who aren't smoking the drug, a new study finds. In those situations, nonsmokers can have "mild intoxication," memory and coordination problems

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