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  1. Facebook a Boost for Your Self-Worth?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 26 (HealthDay News) -- Being on Facebook can bolster people's self-confidence, a new study suggests. After conducting experiments with 88 undergraduate students, researchers from Cornell University concluded that Facebook profiles offer people reass

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  2. Social Isolation May Raise Death Risk for Elderly

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 25 (HealthDay News) -- Elderly people who are socially isolated and lonely may be at greater risk of early death, British researchers report. Lack of social contact might be an even bigger risk factor than loneliness, they added. Why, however, isol

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  3. Antipsychotic Meds Not So Helpful for Depression?

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 12 (HealthDay News) -- For people who don't fully respond to antidepressants, adding commonly prescribed antipsychotic drugs appears to be only slightly effective and is linked to unwelcome side effects, a new study finds. Drugs added to antidepre

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  4. Motherhood May Spur Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 5 (HealthDay News) -- New mothers have a much higher rate of obsessive-compulsive symptoms than other people and these symptoms center on their baby's well-being, a new study indicates. For example, a new mother may constantly worry and check to see

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  5. FDA OK's Monthly Schizophrenia Drug

    March 1, 2013 -- The FDA has approved a long-acting version of the antipsychotic drug Abilify to treat adults with schizophrenia. Abilify Maintena is a freeze-dried powder reconstituted with water to form an extended-release medication that can be injected once a month, according to the manufacturer

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  6. 'Bath Salts' Drug Trend: Expert Q&A

    "Ivory Wave," "Purple Wave," Vanilla Sky," and "Bliss" are among the many street names of so-called designer drugs known as “bath salts,” which have sparked thousands of calls to poison centers across the U.S. These drugs contain synthetic chemicals that are similar to amphetamines. Some, but not al

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  7. Internet Addiction May Be as Hard to Kick as Drugs

    Feb. 26, 2013 -- Between computers, tablets, smartphones, and 24-hour news, many of us may make light of it, saying we're technology addicts. But now, medical professionals are starting to take it seriously, with new research suggesting that so-called "Internet addiction" is associated with increase

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  8. Mother's Drinking May Raise Risk of Infant's Death

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Children of women who are diagnosed with an alcohol disorder during pregnancy or within a year after giving birth have a three-fold higher risk of dying from SIDS -- sudden infant death syndrome -- compared to babies whose mo

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  9. How Deep Brain Stimulation Eases OCD

    By Amanda Gardner HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, Feb. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Deep brain stimulation has helped people with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder, and new research begins to explain why. A Dutch study appearing in the Feb. 24 online issue of the journal Nature Neuroscience found the proced

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  10. Drug Abuse More Likely Among High School Dropouts

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 19 (HealthDay News) -- The link between poor academic performance and substance abuse just got stronger, with a new U.S. government report showing ties between the two. High school seniors who dropped out of school before graduating were more

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