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  1. Even Mild Anxiety May Shorten a Person's Life

    July 31, 2012 -- Psychological distress, even at relatively low levels, is linked to an increased risk of death, a large new study shows. Distress is a measure of psychological health that takes into account symptoms of anxiety or depression. The study found that people frayed by even slight distres

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  2. Exercise May Fight Depression in Heart Failure

    July 31, 2012 -- Exercise helps people with heart failure feel a bit better, physically and emotionally, a new study shows. It may also lower a person's risk of dying or winding up in the hospital. Up to 40% of people with heart failure grapple with depression. The combination often leads to poor he

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  3. Ecstasy Pills Cause Memory Problems

    July 27, 2012 -- People who use the club drug ecstasy (MDMA) can develop memory problems, a new study shows. In the study, new ecstasy users who took 10 or more ecstasy pills during their first year showed problems with their immediate and short-term memory. The researchers say the memory problems m

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  4. Violent Shootings: Are There Warning Signs?

    July 20, 2012 -- Many Americans wonder whether a shooter can be spotted before he commits a violent act. That question likely resurfaced after a 24-year-old gunman allegedly opened fire during a screening of the Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises, in Aurora, Colo. Twelve people died and dozens were

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  5. Brain Changes Seen in Postpartum Depression

    July 18, 2012 -- New research points to specific brain changes seen in moms with postpartum depression. Researchers used sophisticated brain imaging scans to show that levels of a brain chemical called glutamate are higher in the brain's prefrontal cortex among women with postpartum depression compa

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  6. Cat Litter Parasite May Raise Suicide Risk

    July 2, 2012 -- Women infected with a parasite found in dirty kitty litter, undercooked meat, and unwashed vegetables may be at higher risk for self-injury and suicide, a new study shows. In the study, published today in the journal Archives of General Psychiatry, researchers report that women infec

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  7. First-Time Teen Alcohol, Drug Use Peaks in Summer

    July 3, 2012 -- Teens are much more likely to try alcohol, cigarettes, and other drugs for the first time during the summer months, according to a new survey. Researchers found first-time use of these substances, as well as marijuana and hallucinogens, peaks during June and July, with thousands more

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  8. Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Depression

    June 27, 2012 -- Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a host of illnesses and conditions, from heart disease and diabetes to certain types of cancer. Now a small study of three women suggests that vitamin D deficiency and depression may travel together, and that filling up the "vitamin D tank" ma

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  9. Chronic Abuse of Prescription Drugs Skyrocketing

    June 25, 2012 -- Overdose deaths from prescription pain killers is rising, and a new report suggests it's not people looking for a quick fix, but long-term use that may be leading to the problem. A new CDC study shows the number of people who abused prescription pain killers for more than 200 days i

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  10. Eating Disorders in Women Over 50

    June 21, 2012 -- Eating disorders don't just strike teens. A new survey shows that middle-aged women binge, purge, and engage in extreme exercise and dieting about as often as adolescents do. "Strikingly, things are as bad in this age group as they are in the younger age groups. I was sort of gobsma

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