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  1. Pot Use in Teen Years May Lower IQ, Study Shows

    Aug. 27, 2012 -- Heavy, long-term marijuana use beginning in the teens can possibly lead to lower IQ, a provocative new study shows. Frequent, continued use of marijuana starting before age 18 was associated with an eight-point decline in IQ in the study. The decline was not seen in users who starte

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  2. Partner Depression Common After Heart Attack

    Aug. 22, 2012 -- When Linda Green recalls her husband John’s 2009 heart attack, her heart races and her hands get sweaty. “It feels like posttraumatic stress,” she says. “I just relive it all.” Though she says she held up well during her husband’s hospital stay, Green says she became anxious and dep

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  3. Hoarders' Brains Overwhelmed by Decisions

    Aug. 6, 2012 -- Two brain regions go on high alert when hoarders must decide whether to keep something they own or throw it away. In a new study in Archives of General Psychiatry, brain images of those regions show that hoarders respond quite differently when making such decisions than people with o

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  4. Fewer Lies, Better Health?

    Aug. 6, 2012 -- People who make an effort to lie less say they have better relationships and report fewer health complaints, according to new research. "Our findings support the notion that lying less can cause better health through improving relationships," says researcher Anita Kelly, PhD, a profe

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  5. Pets for Depression and Health

    Could a kitten's purr or a dog's wagging tail help with your depression? It might. "Pets offer an unconditional love that can be very helpful to people with depression," says Ian Cook, MD, a psychiatrist and director of the Depression Research and Clinic Program at UCLA. Studies show that animals ca

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  6. Even Mild Anxiety May Shorten a Person's Life

    July 31, 2012 -- Psychological distress, even at relatively low levels, is linked to an increased risk of death, a large new study shows. Distress is a measure of psychological health that takes into account symptoms of anxiety or depression. The study found that people frayed by even slight distres

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  7. Exercise May Fight Depression in Heart Failure

    July 31, 2012 -- Exercise helps people with heart failure feel a bit better, physically and emotionally, a new study shows. It may also lower a person's risk of dying or winding up in the hospital. Up to 40% of people with heart failure grapple with depression. The combination often leads to poor he

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  8. Ecstasy Pills Cause Memory Problems

    July 27, 2012 -- People who use the club drug ecstasy (MDMA) can develop memory problems, a new study shows. In the study, new ecstasy users who took 10 or more ecstasy pills during their first year showed problems with their immediate and short-term memory. The researchers say the memory problems m

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  9. Violent Shootings: Are There Warning Signs?

    July 20, 2012 -- Many Americans wonder whether a shooter can be spotted before he commits a violent act. That question likely resurfaced after a 24-year-old gunman allegedly opened fire during a screening of the Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises, in Aurora, Colo. Twelve people died and dozens were

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  10. Brain Changes Seen in Postpartum Depression

    July 18, 2012 -- New research points to specific brain changes seen in moms with postpartum depression. Researchers used sophisticated brain imaging scans to show that levels of a brain chemical called glutamate are higher in the brain's prefrontal cortex among women with postpartum depression compa

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