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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Whitney Houston's Death Raises Addiction Questions

    Feb. 13, 2012 -- Whitney Houston's death at age 48 is reportedly the result of drug and alcohol abuse. Houston had entered addiction treatment at least three times. Each effort at recovery was followed by relapse. Why do people with addictions so often relapse? What is addiction, and what does it me

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  5. Blood Test May Help Diagnose Depression

    Feb. 3, 2012 -- Researchers say they have developed a blood test that may reliably detect depression. If the test continues to perform well in studies, experts say it could become one of the first objective ways to look for depression, which affects nearly 1 in 10 American adults. “Psychiatry is a f

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  6. Too Much Overtime May Raise Depression Risk

    Jan. 25, 2012 -- Working 11-hour days may seem the norm in this economy, but regularly logging long hours can more than double a worker’s risk of depression. People who routinely put in more than 11-hour days more than double their chances of major depression, compared to employees who typically wor

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  7. Report: 1 in 5 Adults Had Mental Illness in 2010

    Jan. 19, 2012 -- A new federal report estimates that 20% of American adults -- more than 45 million people -- had some form of mental illness in 2010. The annual survey, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), shows a very slight increase in rates of mental

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  8. Why Is Alcohol Addictive? Study Offers Clues

    Jan. 11, 2012 -- We know alcohol makes many people feel good, and that it affects the brain, but new research goes a step further by tightening the focus on areas of the brain most likely affected by alcohol. The new brain imaging research may lead to a better understanding of alcohol addiction and

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  9. Low Levels of Vitamin D May Be Linked to Depression

    Jan. 10, 2012 -- Feeling blue? It may be time to check your vitamin D levels. New research suggests that low levels of vitamin D and depression may go hand in hand. The new study included about 12,600 people aged 20 to 90. Researchers measured the vitamin D in their blood and assessed symptoms of de

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  10. CDC: 1 in 6 U.S. Adults Is a Binge Drinker

    Jan. 10, 2012 -- About 1 in 6 U.S. adults binge drinks, according to a new CDC report. That's 38 million people who overindulge. They do so an average of about four times a month, sometimes downing eight drinks at a sitting. "Binge drinking is defined as consuming four or more drinks on one occasion

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