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  1. Why Is Alcohol Addictive? Study Offers Clues

    Jan. 11, 2012 -- We know alcohol makes many people feel good, and that it affects the brain, but new research goes a step further by tightening the focus on areas of the brain most likely affected by alcohol. The new brain imaging research may lead to a better understanding of alcohol addiction and

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  2. Low Levels of Vitamin D May Be Linked to Depression

    Jan. 10, 2012 -- Feeling blue? It may be time to check your vitamin D levels. New research suggests that low levels of vitamin D and depression may go hand in hand. The new study included about 12,600 people aged 20 to 90. Researchers measured the vitamin D in their blood and assessed symptoms of de

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  3. CDC: 1 in 6 U.S. Adults Is a Binge Drinker

    Jan. 10, 2012 -- About 1 in 6 U.S. adults binge drinks, according to a new CDC report. That's 38 million people who overindulge. They do so an average of about four times a month, sometimes downing eight drinks at a sitting. "Binge drinking is defined as consuming four or more drinks on one occasion

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  4. Worldwide Illegal Drug Use Estimated at 200 Million People a Year

    Jan. 5, 2012 -- Between 149 million and 271 million people worldwide used an illicit drug at least once in 2009, according to a new review of studies attempting to estimate the extent of the problem. That translates to 1 in 20 people aged 15 to 64 taking an illegal drug. But this global figure is li

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  5. Is 27 a Deadly Age for Rock Stars?

    Dec. 20, 2011 -- Rock stars pay a steep price for admission to music's so-called "27 Club" -- death at an early age. But a new study suggests that fame and a rock-'n'-roll lifestyle are the more likely cause of dying young rather than turning 27. For the study, researchers set out to determine wheth

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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