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  1. Do You Have an Addictive Personality?

    Whether it pops up in an article about a celebrity who can’t seem to kick his drug habit, or your friend uses it as a joking excuse why she can’t tear herself away from the game Candy Crush, the phrase “addictive personality” gets tossed around a lot these days. The basic idea: While most people can

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  2. New Drug for Schizophrenia, Major Depression

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new drug to treat schizophrenia and depression has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Rexulti (brexpiprazole) tablets can be used to treat adults with schizophrenia. The new drug can also be used as

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  3. Marijuana Study Counters 'Gateway' Theory

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, July 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Marijuana may not be the "gateway drug" some believe it to be, a new study contends. Instead, teens smoke pot for very specific reasons, and it is those reasons that appear to prompt their decision to try other drugs, re

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  4. Could Blue Eyes Raise Odds for Alcoholism?

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with blue eyes may be more likely to become alcoholics, a new study suggests. Genetic researchers at the University of Vermont said their findings could help doctors learn more about the roots of alcoholism

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  5. Recurrent Depression May Take Toll on the Brain

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The area of the brain involved in forming new memories, known as the hippocampus, seems to shrink in people with recurring depression, a new study shows. Australian researchers say the findings highlight the need

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  6. Could Brain Scans Help Guide Treatment for OCD?

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Psychotherapy can help some people avoid the disruptive behaviors linked to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and a new study suggests that brain scans can help spot those patients for whom the therapy will be m

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  7. Labels on Edible Pot Products May Be Misleading

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to edible medical marijuana products, new research shows that ailing people are unlikely to get what they pay for in that pot brownie or chocolate chunk cookie. Most edible pot products sampled in three ma

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  8. Evidence Backs Medical Pot for Some Conditions

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Medical marijuana can be useful in treating chronic pain, but may be less effective for other conditions, a new analysis reveals. A review of nearly 80 clinical trials involving medical marijuana or marijuana-derived dr

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  9. Teens Unfamiliar With Harms of Pot, E-Cigs

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Teens may have a firm grasp on the dangers of smoking cigarettes, but they appear less clear about how using marijuana or electronic cigarettes might harm their health, new research suggests. "The most striking finding from

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  10. Can Too Much Sitting Make You Anxious?

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People who spend much of their day sitting may be more likely to feel anxious, a new review suggests. The findings, researchers said, do not prove that sitting in front of a TV or computer causes anxiety. For one, it's possib

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