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    1. Primary Care Docs Leading Opioid Prescribers

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Americans continue to be plagued by an epidemic of prescription narcotic painkiller abuse, and a new study finds primary care physicians are by far the biggest prescribers of the drugs. Researchers led by Dr. Jonathan Chen

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    2. U.S. Drug Overdose Deaths Rose 7% in 2014

      Dec. 11, 2015 -- Heroin and narcotic painkillers were major factors in the seven percent rise in drug overdose deaths in the United States between 2013 and 2014, federal government data shows. There were more than 47,000 overdose deaths last year. That included nearly 19,000 deaths from powerful pre

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    3. Fewer Teens Driving After Drinking, Smoking Pot

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer teens and young adults are driving under the influence of alcohol or a combination of alcohol and marijuana, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. From 2002 to 2014, self-reported driving under the influence o

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    4. Talk Therapy vs Meds for Major Depression

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Talk therapy and antidepressants could both be equally effective as stand-alone treatments for major depressive disorder, new research indicates. A review of 11 previously conducted studies that collectively tracked treatment

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    5. Omega-3s May Play Role in Bipolar Disorder

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Dec. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A small study suggests there may be a link between levels of omega-3 fatty acids and bipolar disorder. Researchers compared 27 people with bipolar disorder and 31 people without the mental illness. Those with bipolar disord

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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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