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    1. More Seek Treatment for Painkiller, Heroin Abuse

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More American teens and adults are seeking treatment for heroin and prescription painkiller abuse, a new U.S. government report reveals. In 2013, heroin accounted for 19 percent of admissions to publicly funded substance-

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    2. Making Sense of the Senseless Violence

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Mass shootings and the accompanying carnage have now become a regular part of life in America. And mental health experts warn that this steady drumbeat of violence could have major consequences for the nation's psyche.

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    3. Powerful New Pot May Harm the Brain

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking high-potency marijuana might damage nerve fibers that connect the brain's two hemispheres, a new study reports. MRI scans of nearly 100 people -- including some diagnosed with psychosis -- associated frequent u

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    4. Constant Traffic Noise May Boost Depression Risk

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People who live with constant road noise may face a higher risk of developing depression, researchers say. The risk was about 25 percent higher for people living in areas with a lot of traffic, compared to those livin

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    5. Drug Helps Those With Tough-to-Treat Schizophrenia

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The drug clozapine reduces symptoms in schizophrenia patients who don't benefit from other antipsychotic medications, a new study indicates. The finding, culled from an analysis of Medicaid data on more than 6,200 patie

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    6. Those in 50s Largest Group Battling Drug Addiction

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults are now the largest age group seeking help in narcotic painkiller and heroin treatment programs, a study based in New York City found. Narcotic painkillers include prescription painkillers, such as morphine

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    7. Can Loneliness Shorten Your Life?

      Nov. 24, 2015 -- Being lonely can trigger cellular changes in your body that increase your chances of getting ill and not living as long as you could have, according to a new study. The risk applies to older people, past research suggests. A leading charity for people over 60 in the United Kingdom s

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    8. Drug Overdose Rates Soaring Among U.S. Youth

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Drug overdose deaths have skyrocketed among teens and young adults in the United States, with rates tripling or quadrupling in one out of every three states, a new report says. Nationwide, the drug overdose death rate

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    9. Can Weight Loss Treatments Help Binge Eaters?

      If you’re a binge eater, you may be concerned about your weight. Many people who binge eat are overweight or obese. So you might wonder: Are weight loss surgery and medication good options? It’s a tough question to answer, even thought up to 20% of patients seen in weight loss clinics have binge eat

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    10. FDA OKs Nasal Spray to Reverse Painkiller Overdose

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A nasal spray that treats narcotic painkiller and heroin drug overdoses has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The newly approved nasal spray (Narcan) contains the medication naloxone hydrochloride,

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