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    1. Synthetic Fentanyl Fueling Rise in OD Deaths: CDC

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Deaths from overdoses of the synthetic narcotic fentanyl have surged in recent years, U.S. health officials say in a troubling new report. As more fentanyl was sold illegally on the streets, the number of fatal overdos

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    2. Would Weaker Beer Help Reduce Alcohol's Harms?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Lowering the alcohol content in beer and other drinks may help reduce their harmful health effects, researchers say. Alcohol causes substantial disability and death worldwide. Nearly a quarter of deaths among people betw

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    3. Serious Infections Tied to Suicide Risk

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People hospitalized for serious infections may face an increased risk of dying by suicide, and researchers suspect there's a biological reason for it. In a study of over 7 million people, Danish researchers found that thos

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    4. Fake Xanax Cut With Potent Pain Med Can Be a Killer

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- At least one San Francisco-area drug user died and eight more landed in the ER in late 2015 after taking counterfeit Xanax tablets that had been cut with a powerful and dangerous opiate, a new report shows. The nine peop

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    5. Heavy Drinking Might Harm the Lungs

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Heavy drinking may increase the risk of lung problems, a new study suggests. "Alcohol appears to disrupt the healthy balance in the lung," said study lead author Dr. Majid Afshar, of Loyola University Chicago. He is an assi

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    6. Fentanyl-Laced 'Norco' Is Lethal, Report Warns

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, July 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A street drug sold illegally as the prescription painkiller Norco is much stronger and more dangerous than the real medication, researchers warn. "Street Norco is almost indistinguishable from brand-name Norco in appearanc

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    7. Bipolar Diagnosis May Take Up to 6 Years

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with bipolar disorder may face a long wait from when their symptoms start to the time they get a proper diagnosis. In fact, a new study reports the average delay is six years. That lost time can result in greater fr

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    8. Edible Pot Sends Toddlers to Colorado ERs

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Young children in Colorado are winding up in the emergency room after ingesting pot-laced goodies left out in the open by adults, doctors report. In 2014, Colorado and Washington became the first two states to legalize r

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    9. Opioid Abusers Missing Out on Anti-Addiction Drug

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors aren't using one of the most effective weapons at their disposal in battling addiction to prescription painkillers -- the anti-addiction drug Suboxone, a new study finds. A review of Medicare claims showed tha

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    10. Implant Effective at Combating Opioid Dependence

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Addicts are twice as likely to kick their dependence on heroin or prescription painkillers if they receive a new long-acting implant rather than a daily treatment pill, a new clinical trial shows. The implant, sold unde

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