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  1. '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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Four Loko Must List Alcohol Content on Can: FTC

    FRIDAY, Feb. 15 (HealthDay News) -- The maker of a carbonated alcoholic drink that is popular on college campuses will now be required to disclose exactly how much alcohol is in each container, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday. The new labeling is part of a settlement over deceptive ma

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  6. Brain Stimulation Plus Drug May Fight Depression

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Treating major depression safely and affordably is a challenge. Now, Brazilian researchers have found that two techniques often used individually produce better results when used together. The researchers paired the antidepr

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  7. Some Antidepressants Tied to Irregular Heartbeat

    TUESDAY, Jan. 29 (HealthDay News) -- People taking certain antidepressants, including Celexa and Lexapro, may have a slightly increased risk of developing an abnormal heart beat. Researchers say the drugs, which are in a class of medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), ma

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  8. 'Coming Out' Can Bring Health Benefits, Study Says

    TUESDAY, Jan. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Being open about their sexual orientation offers health benefits for lesbians, gays and bisexuals, according to a new study. "Coming out is no longer a matter of popular debate but a matter of public health," said study lead author Robert-Paul Juster, of the Cent

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  9. Sweetened Drinks Linked to Depression Risk

    Jan. 8, 2013 -- Drinking sweetened beverages -- either sugar-sweetened or diet -- may be linked with a slightly higher depression risk, while drinking coffee may slightly lower the risk. That is the finding from a new study to be presented in March at the 65th annual meeting of the American Academy

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  10. Former NFLers at Risk for Brain, Mood Problems

    Jan. 7, 2013 -- Problems in thinking skills and depression may be more common in former National Football League players compared with other people as they age, according to a new study. The research suggests the problems may be linked with a history of concussions. "It's clear that concussions can

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