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    1. Fatal Overdoses Rising From Some Sedatives

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While deaths from overdoses of heroin and narcotic painkillers like Oxycontin have surged in recent years, a new report finds the same thing is happening with widely used sedatives such as Xanax, Valium and Ativan. In

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    2. More College Students Misusing ADHD Med as Study Aid

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- College students aiming for an academic edge may explain a surge in the misuse of a stimulant commonly prescribed for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new research suggests. Among U.S. adults, the number

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    3. Poor REM Sleep, Higher Risk for Depression?

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- REM (rapid eye movement) sleep is the phase when dreams are made, and a lack of good REM sleep has long been associated with chronic insomnia. But new research is building on that association, suggesting that the bad and "rest

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    4. Long-Term Pot Use May Make Word Recall Tougher

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who smoke marijuana as young adults may have a slightly harder time remembering words by the time they reach middle age, a new study suggests. However, pot use does not appear to damage or dim other mental capacities, s

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    5. Wearable Electric Patch May Ease PTSD

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Can a small electrical patch that jolts the brain while patients sleep offer significant relief from the debilitating effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? Iraq war veteran and PTSD patient Ron Ramirez thinks th

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    6. Study Finds No Proof of 'Seasonal' Depression

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new study cast doubts on the existence of seasonal depression -- a mood disorder linked to reduced sunlight in the winter months. This form of depression -- known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and recognized b

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    7. Signs a College Student Is Developing an Eating Disorder

      By Rae Jacobson Eating disorders can and do occur in teenagers, and even in young children. But it's during the college years that young people, especially young women, are most at risk for developing them. The challenges of college life, adding pressure to underlying mental health issues, create wh

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    8. Clues to Schizophrenia's Origins Uncovered

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Some people might develop schizophrenia when a normal process of brain development goes haywire in adolescence and early adulthood, Harvard researchers report. Everyone undergoes what is called "synaptic pruning" as t

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    9. Studies Lacking Youth Antidepressant Effects Data?

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Antidepressants appear to be much more dangerous for children and teens than reported in medical journals, because initial published results from clinical trials did not accurately note instances of suicide and aggres

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    10. Family, Friends of Suicide Victims at Higher Risk

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Family and friends of people who commit suicide are at high risk for attempted suicide themselves, a new British study finds. "Our results highlight the profound impact that suicide might have on friends and family member

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