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  1. 'Silver Linings Playbook' OK on Mental Illness?

    Dec. 27, 2012 -- The movie Silver Linings Playbook has been garnering critical acclaim and numerous award nominations. But how accurately does it portray mental illness, a major theme in the film? At least one psychiatrist says that although he enjoyed the film, he found that it was not an accurate

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  2. Distress Tied to Higher Risk of Stroke

    Dec. 13, 2012 -- Older adults with high levels of distress are more likely to have certain kinds of strokes than those who aren’t as troubled, a new study shows. Distress is a combined measure of stress, depression, negativity, and dissatisfaction with life. “It’s really trying to capture more than

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  3. Hiking in Nature May Boost Creativity

    Dec. 12, 2012 -- Hiking in the wild may be good for the brain, especially if you are unplugged. New research shows that backpackers scored 50% better on a creativity test after spending four days in nature while disconnected from all electronic devices. Fifty-six people with an average age of 28 wen

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  4. Big Changes in Psychiatry's 'Bible' of Disorders

    Dec. 3, 2012 -- A major revision to the diagnostic "bible" -- which defines what is and what is not a mental illness -- has the final approval of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The approval means the final draft of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Dis

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  5. Debate Over Antidepressants in Pregnancy Ongoing

    Oct. 31, 2012 -- The debate over the safety of antidepressants during pregnancy has been going on for a long time, and a new review may keep the debate alive a while longer. The research review finds little evidence that the most widely prescribed class of antidepressants benefits pregnant women and

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  6. High-Dose Generic Wellbutrin XL Withdrawn

    Oct. 5, 2012 -- The FDA has withdrawn its approval of Teva Pharmaceutical's Budeprion XL 300-mg tablets, a generic version of GSK's Wellbutrin XL extended-relief antidepressant. The FDA action comes five years after patients complained of headaches and returning depression after switching from brand

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  7. Safe Drug Disposal Curbs Drug Abuse

    Sept. 27, 2012 -- If you have prescription drugs that are past their expiration date or that you no longer use, you can get rid of them safely this Saturday at a national prescription drug "take-back" event. It's important to dispose of expired drugs or medications you no longer use. They pose a ser

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  8. Fewer Crashes When Docs Report Unfit Drivers

    Sept. 26, 2012 -- Nobody wants to hear that they are unfit to drive -- or have that on their medical records. Yet people who are officially warned that they are unfit to drive have 45% fewer serious car crashes over the next year, say University of Toronto researcher Donald A. Redelmeier, MD, and co

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  9. K2 Trend Not Slowing Down

    “Dude, I honestly think I’m dying.” David, a 19-year-old college student from Atlanta, said this to a friend after trying synthetic marijuana last winter. Just minutes after smoking it, David’s vision blurred. He collapsed to the ground. His heart rate sped up, and he felt intense panic and paranoia

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  10. Suicide, Not Car Crashes, #1 Cause of Injury Death

    Sept. 20, 2012 -- Suicide has overtaken car crashes as the leading cause of injury-related deaths in the U.S. While public health efforts have curbed the number of car fatalities by 25% over the last decade, a new study shows suicide deaths rose by 15% during the same period. In addition, deaths fro

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