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  1. Unhealthy Eating Habits Start Early

    June 24, 2011 -- Girls and boys who develop unhealthy eating or extreme dieting habits as adolescents are likely to carry those potentially dangerous weight control practices into adulthood. A new study shows that more than half of teenage girls and one-third of teenage boys used unhealthy eating ha

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  2. Depression and Risky Behavior

    Depression poses many dangers, burdening people with hopelessness and raising their risk of suicide. But in attempts to quell the pain, some turn to alcohol, drugs, and other harmful behaviors that endanger them even further, psychologists say. “There is a strong relationship between depression and

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  3. Even Small Amounts of Alcohol May Impair Driving

    June 21 2011 -- Driving with a buzz can be as dangerous as driving when you are fully intoxicated, a new study suggests. The blood-alcohol content (BAC) limit in the U.S. is set at 0.08%, but levels well below this legal limit are associated with car accidents that cause incapacitating injury and de

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  4. Antipsychotic Drug Risperdal Recalled Because of Odor

    June 20, 2011 -- The musty odor that has led to recalls of various Johnson & Johnson products has now struck the company's Risperdal and generic risperidone antipsychotic medication. The company is recalling some 16,000 bottles of brand-name Risperdal (3 milligram tablets) and some 24,000 bottles of

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  5. ER Visits for Drug-Related Suicide Attempts Up in Men

    June 17, 2011 -- New data highlight a 55% increase in emergency room visits for drug-related suicide attempts among men aged 21 to 34 from 2005 to 2009. “This study shows an increase in the number of people using prescription medications for suicide attempts,” says researcher Peter J. Delany, PhD, d

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  6. Admission to Substance Abuse Rehab on the Rise

    June 23, 2011 -- Admissions to treatment programs among people ages 12 and over for alcohol, marijuana, and opiate problems have risen significantly in recent years, according to a new federal report. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) says one of the most notable

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  7. Child Care May Protect Toddlers From Mom’s Depression

    June 13, 2011 -- Just a few hours formal child care per week can help shield toddlers from some of the lingering effects of their mom’s depression. Maternal depression has been linked to an increased risk of certain behavior problems in children, but the new study shows that just over three hours a

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  8. Top 7 Therapy Myths Debunked

    Many people have a perception of talk therapy that doesn't quite match up to reality. If you think therapy means lying on a couch with a box of tissues and paying top dollar to talk to someone who doesn't quite get it, or that it's only for people who are mentally ill, think again. It turns out that

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  9. Foods to Help You Feel Better

    Are you feeling down in the dumps? Are you irritated at how often you’ve been irritable? Perhaps it’s time to look at the foods and drinks you consume to see if they are trashing your mood. Nutrition experts say that the foods you eat can help you feel better -- or feel worse -- in the short-term an

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  10. Craving Carbs: Is It Depression?

    Does a bad day at the office or a tiff with your spouse send you marching to the cookie jar or the corner bakery? Or do you find yourself at the vending machine every day precisely at 4 p.m. for some crackers or candy? If either scenario fits, you're not alone. Many people crave carbohydrates -- esp

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