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  1. Scans: Alcoholism Damages Brain's White Matter

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Alcoholism damages white matter throughout the brain and this damage can be detected with brain scans, researchers report. Heavy drinking may be especially damaging to white matter in the frontal areas of the brain, which

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  2. Robin Williams Had Lewy Body Dementia: Report

    Nov. 12, 2014 -- Robin Williams had a form of dementia that can cause hallucinations, according to a pathology report. A summary of the forensic evaluation conducted on Williams' brain after he committed suicide notes that he had Lewy body dementia, a degenerative condition in which nerves cells in

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  3. Dark Days Here for Folks With Seasonal Depression

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- October's shorter, darker days can trigger a type of depression, known as seasonal affective disorder, according to an expert. People affected by seasonal affective disorder, also called SAD, may feel overly tired,

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  4. 'Exposure Therapy' and Prolonged Grief Disorder

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Reliving the death of a loved one may help people with prolonged grief disorder, a new study suggests. Exposure therapy, as this approach is called, appears to help survivors struggling with prolonged grief better than

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  5. Anti-inflammatories May Help Ease Depression

    Oct. 22, 2014 -- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may help ease depressive symptoms along with antidepressants, new research suggests. The results link this additional use of NSAIDs -- in particular, Celebrex (celecoxib) -- to people having better responses to antidepressants without a

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  6. ER Visits Linked to Synthetic Pot More Than Double

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of visits to U.S. emergency rooms linked to synthetic pot -- also known as "K2" or "Spice" -- have more than doubled in recent years, U.S. officials reported Thursday. "Synthetic cannabinoids are a growing pub

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  7. More Evidence Exercise May Help Fight Depression

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Physically active people are less likely to show signs of depression, a new study finds. And exercise can help improve mood in people who already feel depressed, but there's a catch: Depressive symptoms appear to be a ba

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  8. Just Try Getting an Appointment With a Psychiatrist

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Residents of major U.S. metropolitan areas who need a psychiatrist are often likely to come up empty-handed, regardless of ability to pay, new research suggests. Why? Wrong numbers, unreturned phone calls, and full practic

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  9. Eating Disorders May Start in Elementary School

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Eating disorders can begin before puberty and may be linked with other mental health issues, a new study shows. Canadian researchers evaluated 215 children, aged 8 to 12, with eating problems. More than 15 percent of the k

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  10. Most Painkiller Abusers Unprepared for Overdose

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although teens and young adults who abuse prescription painkillers face a high risk of overdose, most don't know how to respond when one occurs, new research shows. At issue is the increasingly popular, non-medicinal use of

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