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  1. Ecstasy Use Tied to Rare Blood Vessel Problem

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A teen who took the street drug called "ecstasy" suffered a potentially deadly bulge in his spinal cord artery, doctors said. This condition -- called a posterior spinal artery aneurysm -- occurs when the artery wall weak

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  2. 10 Natural Depression Treatments

    Being depressed can make you feel helpless. You're not. Along with therapy and sometimes medication, there's a lot you can do on your own to fight back. Changing your behavior -- your physical activity, lifestyle, and even your way of thinking -- are all natural depression treatments. These tips can

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  3. Is It Time for a Mental Health Checkup?

    You may go to the doctor to get regular checkups of your body, but what about your mind? Everyone deals with tough times, but even happy events like a new job, a marriage, or a new baby can add stress. How do you know when stress starts taking a toll on your mental health? If you have any of these f

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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