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  1. Study: For Greater Happiness, Spend Money on These

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Buying so-called "life experiences" makes Americans happier than material goods such as cars, but they tend to favor the latter in the mistaken belief that they provide better value, according to a new study. Researcher

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  2. Hoarding: More Than Just a Mess

    Judith Kolberg is accustomed to walking into cluttered homes. As a professional organizer, the Decatur, Ga., woman helps clients straighten messy closets, tame stacks of paperwork, and bring order to their chaos. In the past 25 years, she’s also entered the homes of about a dozen people who could be

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  3. Going to Rehab

    If you can’t stop using alcohol or drugs, even when your use harms your health, job, or family, you may need to go to rehab.  That’s the common name for a drug rehabilitation center. It can be part of a hospital, or it can be a single facility, that offers intense care for addiction. Doctors, nurses

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  4. Life After Rehab

    You’ve seen it in the tabloids: The celebrity with a history of drug or alcohol problems checks back into a treatment center -- or loses their life because of addiction. We shake our heads and wonder what went wrong. Here’s the thing: Relapse is a common part of the ongoing recovery process. Just li

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  5. Helping Your Loved One Get Schizophrenia Treatment

    If your friend or relative with schizophrenia won't get treatment, there are steps you can take to help. First, listen to his concerns in an open-minded, supportive way. Then talk about how treatment will help. Explain that he has an illness and it's treatable. "You'd get treatment for diabetes or h

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  6. Smartphone App May Help People Overcome Alcoholism

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A smartphone application, or "app," designed to tackle addiction has helped recovering alcoholics stay sober or reduce their risky drinking, a new clinical trial reports. Participants using the A-CHESS app were 65 pe

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  7. Is It Possible to Prevent Schizophrenia?

    Schizophrenia is a complex illness that may partly involve your genes. But other events in your life may also play a role. Scientists are edging closer to figuring out if there are ways to lower the risk of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia can sometimes run in families, but there isn't one specific gene

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  8. Study on Medical Marijuana for Veterans With PTSD

    March 18, 2014 -- A long-delayed study to examine the use of marijuana in treating U.S. veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder will finally begin after the federal government removed a major roadblock. The University of Arizona study was approved by the Food and Drug Administration but the res

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  9. Does Self-Esteem Affect Seniors' Health?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- High levels of self-esteem might mean better health for seniors, according to a new study. It included 147 people aged 60 and older who were followed for four years. Every two years, they were checked for levels of the st

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  10. 'Love Hormone' May Help Those With Anorexia

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A small, preliminary study hints that a hormone connected to positive feelings could help ease obsessions with food and obesity in people with anorexia. "Patients with anorexia have a range of social difficulties, which

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