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    1. New Synthetic Drug 'Flakka' Triggers Crazed Behaviors

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A potent new designer drug called "flakka" is making headlines across the United States, driving many users into fits of screaming, naked rage accompanied by vivid hallucinations. Why naked? Because the drug sends bod

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    2. Antidepressants Linked to First-Time Seizures

      April 8, 2015 -- A new study ties antidepressants to a higher risk for first-time seizures in people being treated for depression. Older antidepressants called tricyclics were the only type not linked to the raised risk, say researchers from the University of Basel in Switzerland. The kinds connecte

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    3. Binge Eating Disorder: How You Can Help

      “It’s not about the food. It’s a way of coping with emotions.” That’s the No. 1 thing to remember when you live with, or parent, someone who has binge eating disorder, says Chelsea Kronengold, a grad student in psychology at Columbia University. She should know -- she was diagnosed 2 years ago. What

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    4. Prescription Drug Abuse: Who Gets Addicted?

      Jason first became addicted to prescription pills when he was a teen, after a doctor prescribed a powerful drug to treat his migraine headaches. "It took care of the migraine, but I found myself taking [the painkillers] even when I didn't have the migraine, because I just enjoyed that euphoric numbn

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    5. What You Need to Know About Ketamine’s Effects

      Ketamine works like a flash mob in the brain, temporarily taking over a certain chemical “receptor.” In some cases and with expert medical care, that can be a good thing. But cross that line, and it’s big trouble. That’s why ketamine could become the biggest advance in depression treatment in years,

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    6. One-Quarter of Narcotic Painkillers Misused

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Almost a quarter of powerful narcotic painkillers that are prescribed for chronic pain are misused, and the rate of addiction among patients hovers near 10 percent, a new review shows. The findings raise questions about

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    7. Synthetic Pot Linked to Kidney Injury

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that synthetic marijuana, also known as K2 or Spice, might harm the kidneys. "Use and abuse of these products have been tied to acute kidney injury in patients across the country," Kerry Willis, chie

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    8. Anorexics' Brains React Differently to Hunger

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with anorexia nervosa have an abnormal brain response to hunger signals, a new study finds. "When most people are hungry, they are motivated to eat," study first author Christina Wierenga, an associate professor

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    9. Could Smoggy Air Raise Your Anxiety Level?

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution may take a toll not only on physical health, but mental well-being as well, two new studies suggest. In one, researchers confirmed a long-studied connection between air pollution and cardiovascular health --

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    10. Could Loneliness Shorten a Life?

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Loneliness has long been associated with poor mental health, including depression. But a new study suggests social isolation may harm physical health, too, and even hasten death. The findings are based on a review of data f

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