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    1. Counterfeit Opioid Poisonings Spread To Bay Area

               By Barbara Feder Ostrov        An outbreak of poisonings linked to a counterfeit prescription painkiller — previously seen in the Sacramento region — has reached the Bay Area, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.        The CDC reported Tuesday that seven patients were treated

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    2. These Supplements May Boost Antidepressant Effects

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Omega-3 fish oil supplements may improve the effectiveness of antidepressants, new research suggests. Researchers reviewed the findings of eight clinical trials worldwide, as well as other evidence, and concluded that th

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    3. Heavy Pot Use in Teens Linked to Shortened Life

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Men who were heavy pot smokers in their teens may not live as long as those who did not use marijuana when they were young, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data from more than 45,000 men in Sweden who did compu

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    4. U.S. Suicide Rate Up 24 Percent Since 1999: CDC

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Suicide rates in the United States rose 24 percent between 1999 and 2014, with young girls and middle-aged men accounting for the largest increases, federal health officials reported Friday. By 2014, the total suicide r

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    5. This May Ease 'Phantom Limb' Pain for Amputees

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A freezing technique may reduce the debilitating phantom limb pain that many amputees experience, according to a new, small study. Chronic pain that emanates from the site of a severed limb can be reduced in some cases when t

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    6. Painkiller May Be New Heroin Addiction Treatment

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Hydromorphone -- an opioid painkiller -- may be another treatment option for heroin addiction, a new Canadian study suggests. The research included more than 200 heroin addicts in Vancouver. They hadn't responded to com

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    7. Treating Depression Might Help Stem Heart Woes

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Effective treatment of depression seems to reduce a person's risk of heart disease, according to a new study. Depression is a known risk factor for heart disease, but how treatment for depression affected that risk was unc

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    8. Monthly Shot Cuts Relapse Risk in Opioid Addicts

      March 30, 2016 -- It’s been called a magic shot or miracle drug for opioid addiction. The medication, a once-monthly injection called Vivitrol, appears to cut the risk of relapse in half, at least while people get the shots. “I think this deserves a lot of attention,” said Francis Collins, MD, PhD,

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    9. Obama Seeks to Expand Opioid Addiction Treatment

      March 29, 2016 -- President Barack Obama traveled to Atlanta on Tuesday to shine a light on the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic, which continues to get worse. More than 28,000 Americans accidentally overdosed on opioids in 2014, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. About half of th

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    10. Antipsychotics Don't Ease Delirium in These People

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Antipsychotic medications, such as haloperidol (Haldol) or clozapine (Clozaril), aren't appropriate for preventing or routinely treating delirium in hospitalized patients, a new study suggests. The researchers reviewed

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