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    1. Today's Heroin Abusers Often Middle-Class: Study

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Today's typical heroin user is a middle-class suburban dweller who started off with prescription painkillers, a new study reports. Once mainly a problem of teens living in impoverished neighborhoods in large cities, heroin

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    2. Mental Illness Linked to Shortened Life Spans

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Serious mental illness can take between seven and 24 years off a person's life, which is similar to or worse than the impact of heavy smoking, researchers report. "We found that many mental health diagnoses are associated w

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    3. Sharp Rise in ER Visits Tied to Abuse of Sedative

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There's been a steep increase in the number of Americans being treated at emergency departments for abuse of the sedative alprazolam, best known as Xanax, federal officials reported Thursday. The number of emergency depar

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    4. Several Medications Can Help People Quit Drinking: Study

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new review finds that several drugs can help curb the desire to drink alcohol, but the researchers note that these medications are rarely prescribed. Acamprosate (Campral) and naltrexone (Revia), along with support fro

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    5. Most People Have Unwanted Thoughts, Study Finds

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Do you ever feel a bit tortured by the idea that you left the iron on or caught a dread disease in that dirty restroom? Ever have a random thought about hurting someone even though you're not a violent person? You're far fro

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    6. Americans More Self-Interested Than Ever: Study

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Americans' focus on themselves has been steadily rising since the turn of the 20th century, according to a new study. University of Michigan researchers assessed self-interest (egotism) in the United States by using a specia

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    7. Frequent Arguments Might Be the Death of You

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Arguing and worrying over family problems may lead to an increased risk of dying in middle age, Danish researchers report. Conflicts with family, friends and neighbors posed the greatest risk. Those most at risk are men

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    8. Higher Doses of Antidepressants & Suicidal Behavior

      By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When prescribing antidepressants for teens and young adults, doctors should not start with high doses of the drugs because it might raise the risk of suicidal behavior, new research suggests. The study, which was publish

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    9. Laughter May Work Like Meditation in the Brain

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, April 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Laughter triggers brain waves similar to those associated with meditation, according to a small new study. It also found that other forms of stimulation produce different types of brain waves. The study included 31 people

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    10. Legal Medical Marijuana May Not Raise Teen Pot Use

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- American teens' use of marijuana doesn't increase when states approve the drug for medical use, a new study finds. "Any time a state considers legalizing medical marijuana, there are concerns from the public about an incr

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