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    1. This May Ease 'Phantom Limb' Pain for Amputees

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A freezing technique may reduce the debilitating phantom limb pain that many amputees experience, according to a new, small study. Chronic pain that emanates from the site of a severed limb can be reduced in some cases when t

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    2. Painkiller May Be New Heroin Addiction Treatment

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Hydromorphone -- an opioid painkiller -- may be another treatment option for heroin addiction, a new Canadian study suggests. The research included more than 200 heroin addicts in Vancouver. They hadn't responded to com

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    3. Treating Depression Might Help Stem Heart Woes

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Effective treatment of depression seems to reduce a person's risk of heart disease, according to a new study. Depression is a known risk factor for heart disease, but how treatment for depression affected that risk was unc

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    4. Monthly Shot Cuts Relapse Risk in Opioid Addicts

      March 30, 2016 -- It’s been called a magic shot or miracle drug for opioid addiction. The medication, a once-monthly injection called Vivitrol, appears to cut the risk of relapse in half, at least while people get the shots. “I think this deserves a lot of attention,” said Francis Collins, MD, PhD,

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    5. Obama Seeks to Expand Opioid Addiction Treatment

      March 29, 2016 -- President Barack Obama traveled to Atlanta on Tuesday to shine a light on the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic, which continues to get worse. More than 28,000 Americans accidentally overdosed on opioids in 2014, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. About half of th

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    6. Antipsychotics Don't Ease Delirium in These People

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Antipsychotic medications, such as haloperidol (Haldol) or clozapine (Clozaril), aren't appropriate for preventing or routinely treating delirium in hospitalized patients, a new study suggests. The researchers reviewed

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    7. Brain Stimulation May Help People With Anorexia

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Brain stimulation may ease major symptoms of the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, a typically hard-to-treat condition, a new study suggests. British researchers evaluated anorexia patients before and after they underwent

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    8. Most Doctors 'Overprescribe' Narcotic Painkillers

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When American doctors give their patients narcotic painkillers, 99 percent of them hand out prescriptions that exceed the federally recommended three-day dosage limit, new research suggests. And some doctors exceeded that li

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    9. Dan Harris Overcame Depression, Anxiety With This

      On June 7, 2004, before a Good Morning America audience of 5 million viewers, ABC anchor Dan Harris had a full-blown panic attack. Halfway through a story about cholesterol drugs, he began frantically blinking and gasping, struggled to form a coherent sentence, and abruptly bailed out with a prematu

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    10. FDA Wants Abuse-Deterrent Generic Painkillers

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Continuing their push to combat the nation's epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse, U.S. officials on Thursday urged generic drug makers to take steps to redesign potent drugs such as hydrocodone and oxycodone to

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