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    1. Risks of Taking St. John's Wort for Depression

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- St. John's wort is a popular herbal therapy for depression, but a new Australian study highlights the fact that "natural" does not always equal "safe." Using reports filed with Australia's drug safety agency, the researche

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    2. Expert Panel Recommends Depression Questionnaire

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Part of your next visit to your family doctor's office should be spent filling out a questionnaire to assess whether you're suffering from depression, an influential panel of preventive medicine experts recommends. What'

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    3. Could That Before-Dinner Drink Make You Eat More?

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, July 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Having a drink before dinner really may make some people eat more -- by focusing the brain's attention on food aromas, a small study suggests. The effect is modest, and not universal, the researchers said. But the findings, r

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    4. Daily Smartphone Use Might Offer Depression Clues

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests that how you use your smartphone could shed light on whether you might suffer from depression. The small study -- involving just 20 women and eight men, averaging 29 years of age -- looked at data f

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    5. New Drug for Schizophrenia, Major Depression

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new drug to treat schizophrenia and depression has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Rexulti (brexpiprazole) tablets can be used to treat adults with schizophrenia. The new drug can also be used as

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    6. Marijuana Study Counters 'Gateway' Theory

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, July 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Marijuana may not be the "gateway drug" some believe it to be, a new study contends. Instead, teens smoke pot for very specific reasons, and it is those reasons that appear to prompt their decision to try other drugs, re

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    7. Could Blue Eyes Raise Odds for Alcoholism?

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with blue eyes may be more likely to become alcoholics, a new study suggests. Genetic researchers at the University of Vermont said their findings could help doctors learn more about the roots of alcoholism

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    8. Recurrent Depression May Take Toll on the Brain

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The area of the brain involved in forming new memories, known as the hippocampus, seems to shrink in people with recurring depression, a new study shows. Australian researchers say the findings highlight the need

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    9. Could Brain Scans Help Guide Treatment for OCD?

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Psychotherapy can help some people avoid the disruptive behaviors linked to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and a new study suggests that brain scans can help spot those patients for whom the therapy will be m

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    10. Evidence Backs Medical Pot for Some Conditions

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Medical marijuana can be useful in treating chronic pain, but may be less effective for other conditions, a new analysis reveals. A review of nearly 80 clinical trials involving medical marijuana or marijuana-derived dr

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