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  1. ER Practices Key to Helping Painkiller Addicts

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A comparison of three treatments for narcotic painkiller addiction found that patients given the medication buprenorphine in the emergency department do better than those given only referrals. Addiction to prescr

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  2. Heroin Use Levels Off in U.S., But Still High

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Levels of heroin use in the United States have stabilized but are still high, federal officials reported Thursday. In 2013, about 681,000 Americans aged 12 and older said they had used heroin in the past year. That numb

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  3. Mindfulness Therapy as Good as Depression Meds

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy might offer an alternative for people with depression who don't want to take antidepressants long-term, British researchers say. Their study, published April 21 online in The Lancet,

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  4. 'Tamper-Proof' Painkiller May Be Curbing Abuse

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Narcotic painkillers that have features that make them hard to abuse may be linked to a drop in both the number of prescriptions and overdoses of these drugs, a new study finds. After a tamper-resistant form of OxyConti

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  5. Synthetic Pot Sends Hundreds to ERs in AL, MS

    April 17, 2015 -- In the past month, more than 300 people in Alabama and Mississippi have sought emergency care after using synthetic marijuana, according to health officials. Synthetic marijuana, also called spice, is sold illegally in convenience stores. Officials said there have been 227 spice-re

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  6. New Synthetic Drug 'Flakka' Triggers Crazed Behaviors

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A potent new designer drug called "flakka" is making headlines across the United States, driving many users into fits of screaming, naked rage accompanied by vivid hallucinations. Why naked? Because the drug sends bod

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  7. Antidepressants Linked to First-Time Seizures

    April 8, 2015 -- A new study ties antidepressants to a higher risk for first-time seizures in people being treated for depression. Older antidepressants called tricyclics were the only type not linked to the raised risk, say researchers from the University of Basel in Switzerland. The kinds connecte

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  8. One-Quarter of Narcotic Painkillers Misused

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Almost a quarter of powerful narcotic painkillers that are prescribed for chronic pain are misused, and the rate of addiction among patients hovers near 10 percent, a new review shows. The findings raise questions about

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  9. Synthetic Pot Linked to Kidney Injury

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that synthetic marijuana, also known as K2 or Spice, might harm the kidneys. "Use and abuse of these products have been tied to acute kidney injury in patients across the country," Kerry Willis, chie

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  10. Anorexics' Brains React Differently to Hunger

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with anorexia nervosa have an abnormal brain response to hunger signals, a new study finds. "When most people are hungry, they are motivated to eat," study first author Christina Wierenga, an associate professor

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