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  1. Deaths From Drug Poisoning Jump Sixfold

    Dec. 20, 2011 -- The number of deaths from drug poisonings in the U.S. has increased sixfold since 1980. In 2008, more than 41,000 people in the U.S. died from intentional and accidental poisonings. Nine out of 10 poisoning deaths were due to drugs. In 2008, these deaths exceeded the number of death

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  2. Chewing Khat Linked to Stroke, Death

    Dec. 12, 2011 -- Chewing an herbal stimulant popular in the Arabian Peninsula and East Africa may pose serious health risks for people with heart disease. A new study shows people with heart disease who chew the fresh leaves of the Catha edulis plant, known as khat, have a higher risk of stroke, hea

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  3. Newer Antidepressants Work Equally Well, Study Finds

    Dec. 5, 2011 -- Newer antidepressants are all about equally effective, according to a new analysis, but that doesn't mean they work the same way for everyone. "Contrary to drug industry claims, scientific evidence does not support the choice of one drug over another based solely on better effectiven

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  4. Energy Drinks Send Thousands to the ER Each Year

    Nov. 22, 2011 -- There's been a big spike in the number of people who need emergency medical attention after they guzzle popular caffeinated energy drinks, according to a new government report. The report shows a more than a tenfold increase in the number of emergency room visits tied to the use of

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  5. Heart Attacks in 3 Teens Linked to K2

    Nov. 4, 2011 -- Three previously healthy Texas teens had heart attacks after smoking the "legal high" products sold under names such as K2 and Spice. All three of the 16-year-old boys survived, report Colin Kane, MD, and colleagues at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Kane's team

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  6. 40 U.S. Deaths a Day From Prescription Painkillers

    Nov. 1, 2011 -- Every day, 40 Americans die from prescription painkiller abuse, the CDC says. Overdoses of opioid prescription drugs now kill more people in the U.S. than do overdoses from heroin and cocaine combined. Twelve million Americans say they abused prescription drugs in the last year. It's

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  7. Binge Eating Often Overlooked in Men

    Oct. 27, 2011 -- Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are more common among women than men. Binge eating, however, occurs at similar rates among both sexes. Yet men are rarely included in research studies on binge eating and its consequences and treatments, a study shows. The researchers an

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  8. FDA OKs Generic Zyprexa for Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder

    Oct. 25, 2011 -- The FDA has approved the first generic versions of the drugs Zyprexa and Zyprexa Zydis for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The brand-name drugs are now made by Eli Lilly & Co. The generic name for the two drugs is olanzapine. The generic will come in two forms:

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  9. Use of Antidepressants on the Rise in the U.S.

    Oct. 19, 2011 -- About 11% of Americans aged 12 or older take antidepressants, including many who have not seen a mental health professional in the past year, according to a new federal report. The report by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics also says that the rate of antidepressant us

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  10. As Economy Goes Down, Drinking Goes Up

    Oct. 13, 2011 -- When the going gets tough, it seems that a lot of us may go drinking. Along with higher unemployment and bankruptcy, an economic recession brings increased drinking of alcohol, a study suggests. The increased use of alcohol includes binge drinking, problem drinking, and driving unde

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