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  1. Does Dopamine Explain Why Slackers Slack?

    May 1, 2012 -- Don't have any motivation at work today? You may be able to blame your brain and its relationship with the chemical dopamine. The way your brain handles dopamine may predict whether you are a hard worker or a slacker, new research suggests. "If you look around at the people you know,

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  2. Depression: Coping With Anxiety Symptoms

    Depression and anxiety might seem like opposites, but they often go together. More than half of the people diagnosed with depression also have anxiety. Either condition can be disabling on its own. Together, depression and anxiety can be especially hard to live with, hard to diagnose, and hard to tr

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  3. Depression Linked to Peripheral Artery Disease

    April 20, 2012 -- Depression may increase the risk for peripheral artery disease (PAD), which commonly results from narrowed leg arteries, a new study suggests. The study results "demonstrate that there is an association between depression and PAD," says researcher S. Marlene Grenon, MD. She is an a

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  4. Gene Hunters Link Genes to Brain Size

    April 16, 2012 -- An international team of gene hunters has zeroed in on genes that may play a role in boosting brain size and IQ. The findings -- four studies in total -- appear online in Nature Genetics. The implications of the new studies are much wider than whether or not you will attend an Ivy

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  5. More 'Safety' Workers Testing Positive for Drugs

    March 21, 2012 -- Some pilots, truck drivers, rail operators, and bus drivers are flunking their drug tests, according to a new study. A newly released survey from Quest Diagnostics of federally mandated "safety-sensitive workers," who must receive pre-employment as well as random drug and alcohol t

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  6. Generic Lexapro Approved by FDA

    March 14, 2012 -- The FDA approved the first generic version of the popular antidepressant Lexapro (escitalopram) today. Like the brand-name drug, the generic is approved for the treatment of both adult depression and generalized anxiety disorder. Escitalopram was approved in 2002, and it has been m

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  7. Road Rage: What It Is, How to Avoid It

    A year ago, according to news reports, Corrine Leclair-Holler, then 29, was talking on her cellphone while driving in Concord, N.H. Another driver, Carissa Williams, then 23, yelled at her, then pulled ahead. When she reached a freeway on-ramp, Williams stopped her car, got out (leaving her own baby

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  8. Can Antidepressants Work for Me?

    How effective are antidepressants? That's a question that many people with depression have asked -- and research suggests that the answers aren't simple.   It's a question that's relevant to millions. About one in 10 Americans takes an antidepressant, now the most commonly prescribed type of drug in

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  9. Exercise for Depression: How It Helps

    Five years ago, after ending a long-term relationship, Anita became seriously depressed. It benched the once-physically active writer, who asked that her last name be withheld to protect her privacy. She stopped running and began gaining weight and falling out of shape. It was not the first time she

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  10. Whitney Houston's Death Raises Addiction Questions

    Feb. 13, 2012 -- Whitney Houston's death at age 48 is reportedly the result of drug and alcohol abuse. Houston had entered addiction treatment at least three times. Each effort at recovery was followed by relapse. Why do people with addictions so often relapse? What is addiction, and what does it me

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