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    1. Doctor-Shopping for Painkillers Common After This

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- About one in five patients operated on for broken bones or other orthopedic trauma shops around for additional painkillers after surgery, a new study finds. Less-educated patients and patients who had used narcotic painkil

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    2. Why Am I So Angry?

      At one time or another, everyone feels anger bubbling up. There's nothing wrong with that. Anger is common. It's a normal response when you sense a threat or a social or professional slight. So, when the new guy at work gets promoted and you don't, or when your spouse “pushes your buttons," it’s OK

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    3. Normal-Weight Teens Can Have Eating Disorders

      By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Teenagers do not need to be rail thin to be practicing the dangerous eating behaviors associated with anorexia, a new study suggests. Rather, the true measure of trouble may be significant weight loss, and the Australian re

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    4. Fewer Painkiller Deaths in States With Medical Pot

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- States that have legalized medical marijuana tend to experience an unexpected benefit -- fewer overdose deaths from narcotic painkillers, a new study suggests. Access to medical marijuana is associated with 25 percent fe

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    5. Sociopath vs. Psychopath: What’s the Difference?

      You may have heard people call someone else a “psychopath” or a “sociopath.” But what do those words really mean? You won’t find the definitions in mental health’s official handbook, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Doctors don’t officially diagnose people as psychopaths or

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    6. Am I Bipolar?

      No one's mood is stable 100% of the time. It's normal to feel down when you hit a rough patch and elated when life goes your way. But if you have bipolar disorder, the highs and lows are a lot more extreme, and they can sometimes seem random. The good news is that with treatment and some hard work,

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    7. Talk Therapy Plus Meds Best for Severe Depression?

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A combination of therapy and antidepressants appears to best help people with severe but short-term depression, a new study reports. Four out of five people suffering from severe depression for less than two years expe

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    8. Certain Antipsychotics & Kidney Problems in Elderly

      By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Kidney injury can be added to the list of possible harms related to use of three antipsychotic medications often prescribed to treat behavioral symptoms of dementia in older adults, a new study finds. Quetiapine (Seroquel),

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    9. Guys Get Eating Disorders, Too

      Binging, purging, yo-yo dieting, anorexia. Think these are girl problems? Not so fast. "Recent data suggest that one in four people with an eating disorder is male," says Lazaro Zayas, MD. He's a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital. But because of a long-held belief that bulimia and anore

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    10. When Depression Becomes Deadly

      Editor's note: This story was updated on Aug. 14. Aug. 12, 2014 -- The apparent suicide of Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams on Monday rocked the entertainment world. Williams’ publicist said in a statement he'd been “battling severe depression,” according to media reports. Millions of

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