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  1. Could Blood Test One Day Predict Suicide Risk?

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Levels of certain blood proteins may rise before a person commits suicide, a small study suggests, and researchers hope the findings will lead to an objective way to measure suicide risk. Any such test is a long way off, experts s

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  2. Study Challenges Theory About Brain Behavior

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Brain scans show no evidence that people are predominately right- or left-brained, researchers report. The new findings challenge the widely held belief that people use one side of their brain more than the other, and that thi

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  3. Could Facebook Habit Make You Less Happy?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Despite all the virtual socializing and "liking" involved, using Facebook is actually associated with a decline in happiness, according to a small new study. "On the surface, Facebook provides an invaluable resource for fulfi

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  4. Q&A With Demi Lovato

    From a field of former Disney teen stars -- think Selena, Miley, plus their older pop sisters Britney and Christina -- Demi Lovato, 21, is one of the most relatable. In 2010, she entered a rehab facility to deal with issues of depression, bulimia, addiction, and cutting, and she's been equally forth

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  5. Genetic Overlap Seen in Five Mental Disorders

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, Aug. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Five major mental disorders share common inherited genetic variations, a new study finds. The overlap is highest between schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (15 percent), moderate between bipolar disorder and depression and betwe

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  6. Urging Your Partner to Diet May Backfire

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Urging a partner to diet may seem like a supportive thing to do, but a new study finds it can trigger unhealthy habits such as fasting and taking diet pills -- measures that can then lead to severe eating disorders. Both wome

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  7. 'Retail Therapy' Might Not Be So Bad After All

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Those who love to shop are often painted as lonely souls, trying to fill a void by buying -- and becoming even more isolated in the process. Not always so, according to new Dutch research. The relationship of shopping and lonel

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  8. Coffee May Reduce Suicide Risk

    People who drank more than four cups of coffee a day were 53 percent less likely to commit suicide than those who drank less than one cup a day, a new study found. Those who drank two to three cups of coffee a day had a 45 percent lower risk of suicide, according to the analysis of data from more th

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  9. Saving Your Sex Life When You're Depressed

    Chronic depression affects every part of daily life, including sex. It curbs sex drive, yet sex can boost your mood and is important for relationships. And some depression medicines can curb your libido. Breaking this cycle can be hard. How to get out of this funk? There's no one-size-fits-all appro

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  10. Mental Illness Can Shorten Lives, Studies Show

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 17 (HealthDay News) -- While mental illness can bring great anguish to those who suffer from it, two new studies show it can also take a toll on life span. One study found that bipolar disorder boosted a person's odds of premature death, and the ot

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