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  1. 40 U.S. Deaths a Day From Prescription Painkillers

    Nov. 1, 2011 -- Every day, 40 Americans die from prescription painkiller abuse, the CDC says. Overdoses of opioid prescription drugs now kill more people in the U.S. than do overdoses from heroin and cocaine combined. Twelve million Americans say they abused prescription drugs in the last year. It's

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  2. Binge Eating Often Overlooked in Men

    Oct. 27, 2011 -- Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are more common among women than men. Binge eating, however, occurs at similar rates among both sexes. Yet men are rarely included in research studies on binge eating and its consequences and treatments, a study shows. The researchers an

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  3. FDA OKs Generic Zyprexa for Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder

    Oct. 25, 2011 -- The FDA has approved the first generic versions of the drugs Zyprexa and Zyprexa Zydis for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The brand-name drugs are now made by Eli Lilly & Co. The generic name for the two drugs is olanzapine. The generic will come in two forms:

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  4. Use of Antidepressants on the Rise in the U.S.

    Oct. 19, 2011 -- About 11% of Americans aged 12 or older take antidepressants, including many who have not seen a mental health professional in the past year, according to a new federal report. The report by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics also says that the rate of antidepressant us

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  5. As Economy Goes Down, Drinking Goes Up

    Oct. 13, 2011 -- When the going gets tough, it seems that a lot of us may go drinking. Along with higher unemployment and bankruptcy, an economic recession brings increased drinking of alcohol, a study suggests. The increased use of alcohol includes binge drinking, problem drinking, and driving unde

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  6. 4 Million in U.S. Admit Drunk Driving

    Oct. 4, 2011 -- Four million Americans admit driving when they've had too much to drink, a CDC survey finds. Just counting those who admit drunken driving -- certainly an underestimate of the true number -- alcohol-impaired drivers were on the road an estimated 112 million times last year. That's do

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  7. Antipsychotics Offer Modest Benefits for Non-Approved Conditions

    Sept. 27, 2011 -- A new research review shows that powerful drugs approved to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression may have modest benefits when they are prescribed for certain other mental and behavioral problems. The study is published in the Journal of the American Medical Associ

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  8. Drink Coffee, Stay Happy?

    Sept. 26, 2011 -- Some coffee drinkers may have a reason to smile -- or keep smiling. Drinking several cups a day is linked with a lower risk of depression, according to a new study that looked only at women. The benefit seems to start at two cups a day. The study is published in the Archives of Int

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  9. Depression May Increase Risk of Stroke

    Sept. 20, 2011 -- Many people become depressed after they experience a stroke, but new research shows that depression may actually increase risk of stroke and of dying from that stroke. "We didn't know whether depression, per se, could increase the risk of stroke, but now we have conclusive and comp

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  10. Drinking on the Rise Among U.S. Women

    Sept. 15, 2011 -- Problem drinking among women in the U.S. is on the rise, a new study shows. Women are catching up to men when it comes to how much and how often they drink alcohol. As a result, they are increasingly at risk for developing alcohol problems. What's more, men and women who were born

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