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    1. What DEA Pot Rule Change May Mean for Research

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Most doctors approach medical marijuana with a great deal of uncertainty, because drug laws have hindered researchers' ability to figure out what pot can and can't do for sick patients. That could soon change. The U.S. D

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    2. Can This Anesthetic Ease Suicidal Thoughts?

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Low doses of the anesthetic ketamine may quickly reduce suicidal thoughts in people with long-standing depression, a small study suggests. By the end of three weeks of therapy, most of the 14 study volunteers had a decre

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    3. Bipolar Disorder: Depression May Not Follow Mania

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While many may associate bipolar disorder with episodes of mania followed by periods of depression, a new study suggests that's often not the case. Researchers say states of anxiety are equally as likely as to follow manic e

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    4. Addicts Using Diarrhea Drug Imodium to Get High

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Searching for an alternative to opioid painkillers such as Oxycontin and Vicodin, some addicts are now turning to the diarrhea drug Imodium for a high, researchers say. This abuse of Imodium -- with its key ingredient, lop

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    5. Opioid Epidemic Fueling Hospitalizations, Costs

               By Shefali Luthra        Every day, headlines detail the casualties of the nation’s surge in heroin and prescription painkiller abuse: the funerals, the broken families and the patients cycling in and out of treatment. Now, a new study sheds light on another repercussion — how this public h

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    6. Counterfeit Opioid Poisonings Spread To Bay Area

               By Barbara Feder Ostrov        An outbreak of poisonings linked to a counterfeit prescription painkiller — previously seen in the Sacramento region — has reached the Bay Area, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.        The CDC reported Tuesday that seven patients were treated

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    7. These Supplements May Boost Antidepressant Effects

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Omega-3 fish oil supplements may improve the effectiveness of antidepressants, new research suggests. Researchers reviewed the findings of eight clinical trials worldwide, as well as other evidence, and concluded that th

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    8. U.S. Suicide Rate Up 24 Percent Since 1999: CDC

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Suicide rates in the United States rose 24 percent between 1999 and 2014, with young girls and middle-aged men accounting for the largest increases, federal health officials reported Friday. By 2014, the total suicide r

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    9. Heavy Pot Use in Teens Linked to Shortened Life

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Men who were heavy pot smokers in their teens may not live as long as those who did not use marijuana when they were young, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data from more than 45,000 men in Sweden who did compu

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    10. What to Do When Depression and Anxiety Mix

      You've noticed some changes lately. Maybe you feel sad, hopeless, or don’t get any joy out of activities that used to be fun. Sounds like depression, right? Maybe that's not all. Sometimes you're worried, afraid, and just plain uneasy. Isn't that a sign of anxiety? Not so fast. It’s normal to have u

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