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    1. 1 in 10 Deaths Among Adults Tied to Alcohol: CDC

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- One in 10 deaths among U.S. adults is linked to excessive alcohol consumption, federal officials reported Thursday. While people often link drinking with deaths from motor vehicle accidents and chronic liver disease, m

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    2. More Evidence Botox Works for Depression

      June 19, 2014 (NEW YORK) -- A single injection of Botox, which is typically used to improve the appearance of facial wrinkles, may be an effective treatment for depression. Investigators at the Hannover Medical School in Germany found that treating the facial muscles involved in emotion with Botox e

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    3. U.S. Service Members and Mental Health Disorders

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- About 3.5 percent of U.S. military personnel were in treatment for mental health conditions in 2012 -- up from just 1 percent in 2000, a new military study finds. Experts said the rise is likely due to two factors: an actual

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    4. Weight Gain From Antidepressants Is Minimal: Study

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- While it has long been known that some antidepressants can help spur weight gain, a new study finds that the actual amount gained is usually small. "This study was motivated in the first place by the number of patients who h

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    5. Bicyclists Happier Than Drivers, Train Riders?

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Riding a bike may benefit your mind as well as your body. People who use a bicycle to get from one place to another are generally happier than those who drive or use mass transit, according to a new study. "We foun

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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. App for Bipolar Disorder Being Tested

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A smartphone app that uses voice analysis to detect mood changes in people with bipolar disorder is being tested by researchers. Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that causes extreme emotional highs and lows. It affects

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