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  1. Spider Phobia: Brain Scan Shows Cure in 1 Session

    May 21, 2012 -- Before receiving treatment for her lifelong fear of spiders, one Chicago college student would flee her dorm for days if she merely suspected one's presence. She worried that her phobia would keep her from living on her own after graduation. Another woman did not travel because she w

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  2. Chinese Herb Kudzu May Help Drinkers Cut Down

    May 17, 2012 -- An extract from the Chinese herb kudzu may help drinkers cut down on drinking, according to a new pilot study. "It didn't stop the drinking," says researcher David M. Penetar, PhD, assistant professor of psychology at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School. "They still drank, but

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  3. New Clues to Schizophrenia

    May 15, 2012 -- Scientists have developed a test that may be able to predict who is at risk for schizophrenia, a complex mental illness that is thought to run in families. To develop the test, scientists used a new approach to identify a comprehensive group of genes most likely linked with the disea

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  4. Having 'Type D' Personality May Hurt Your Health

    May 9, 2012 -- Doctors need to focus on their heart patients' psychological well-being in addition to their physical well-being, suggests a new study in the journal Circulation. According to the research, patients with what's known as a "type D" personality -- meaning a distressed and generally pess

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  5. 50 Years of Data Confirm Benefit of Antipsychotics

    May 2, 2012 -- More than 50 years of data show that people with schizophrenia who take antipsychotic drugs lower their risk of relapse, a new study suggests. Relapse rates were 64% in people not taking medications for schizophrenia, while they were 27% in those who were given them for at least a yea

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  6. Does Dopamine Explain Why Slackers Slack?

    May 1, 2012 -- Don't have any motivation at work today? You may be able to blame your brain and its relationship with the chemical dopamine. The way your brain handles dopamine may predict whether you are a hard worker or a slacker, new research suggests. "If you look around at the people you know,

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  7. Depression Linked to Peripheral Artery Disease

    April 20, 2012 -- Depression may increase the risk for peripheral artery disease (PAD), which commonly results from narrowed leg arteries, a new study suggests. The study results "demonstrate that there is an association between depression and PAD," says researcher S. Marlene Grenon, MD. She is an a

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  8. Gene Hunters Link Genes to Brain Size

    April 16, 2012 -- An international team of gene hunters has zeroed in on genes that may play a role in boosting brain size and IQ. The findings -- four studies in total -- appear online in Nature Genetics. The implications of the new studies are much wider than whether or not you will attend an Ivy

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  9. More 'Safety' Workers Testing Positive for Drugs

    March 21, 2012 -- Some pilots, truck drivers, rail operators, and bus drivers are flunking their drug tests, according to a new study. A newly released survey from Quest Diagnostics of federally mandated "safety-sensitive workers," who must receive pre-employment as well as random drug and alcohol t

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  10. Generic Lexapro Approved by FDA

    March 14, 2012 -- The FDA approved the first generic version of the popular antidepressant Lexapro (escitalopram) today. Like the brand-name drug, the generic is approved for the treatment of both adult depression and generalized anxiety disorder. Escitalopram was approved in 2002, and it has been m

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