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  1. Fewer Painkiller Deaths in States With Medical Pot

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- States that have legalized medical marijuana tend to experience an unexpected benefit -- fewer overdose deaths from narcotic painkillers, a new study suggests. Access to medical marijuana is associated with 25 percent fe

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  2. Sociopath vs. Psychopath: What’s the Difference?

    You may have heard people call someone else a “psychopath” or a “sociopath.” But what do those words really mean? You won’t find the definitions in mental health’s official handbook, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Doctors don’t officially diagnose people as psychopaths or

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  3. Am I Bipolar?

    No one's mood is stable 100% of the time. It's normal to feel down when you hit a rough patch and elated when life goes your way. But if you have bipolar disorder, the highs and lows are a lot more extreme, and they can sometimes seem random. The good news is that with treatment and some hard work,

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  4. Talk Therapy Plus Meds Best for Severe Depression?

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A combination of therapy and antidepressants appears to best help people with severe but short-term depression, a new study reports. Four out of five people suffering from severe depression for less than two years expe

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  5. Certain Antipsychotics & Kidney Problems in Elderly

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Kidney injury can be added to the list of possible harms related to use of three antipsychotic medications often prescribed to treat behavioral symptoms of dementia in older adults, a new study finds. Quetiapine (Seroquel),

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  6. Guys Get Eating Disorders, Too

    Binging, purging, yo-yo dieting, anorexia. Think these are girl problems? Not so fast. "Recent data suggest that one in four people with an eating disorder is male," says Lazaro Zayas, MD. He's a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital. But because of a long-held belief that bulimia and anore

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  7. When Depression Becomes Deadly

    Editor's note: This story was updated on Aug. 14. Aug. 12, 2014 -- The apparent suicide of Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams on Monday rocked the entertainment world. Williams’ publicist said in a statement he'd been “battling severe depression,” according to media reports. Millions of

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  8. Pride Over Weight Loss May Help Drive Anorexia

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa feel a sense of pride about their weight loss, and this positive emotion may play a major role in the deadly condition, according to a new study. "What we think happens is

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  9. Heavy Drinking in Pregnancy and Child's Brain

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When a woman drinks heavily during pregnancy, the harmful effects on her child's brain development appear to continue over time, a new study indicates. The findings point to a possible reason for the persistent attention a

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  10. Need to Spot a Narcissist? Just Ask Them

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Self-absorbed narcissists can ruin your day, but a new study suggests an easy way to detect one: Just ask. That's because truly narcissistic people don't see the character trait as a flaw and are more than willing

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