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  1. K2 Trend Not Slowing Down

    “Dude, I honestly think I’m dying.” David, a 19-year-old college student from Atlanta, said this to a friend after trying synthetic marijuana last winter. Just minutes after smoking it, David’s vision blurred. He collapsed to the ground. His heart rate sped up, and he felt intense panic and paranoia

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  2. Fewer Crashes When Docs Report Unfit Drivers

    Sept. 26, 2012 -- Nobody wants to hear that they are unfit to drive -- or have that on their medical records. Yet people who are officially warned that they are unfit to drive have 45% fewer serious car crashes over the next year, say University of Toronto researcher Donald A. Redelmeier, MD, and co

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  3. Suicide, Not Car Crashes, #1 Cause of Injury Death

    Sept. 20, 2012 -- Suicide has overtaken car crashes as the leading cause of injury-related deaths in the U.S. While public health efforts have curbed the number of car fatalities by 25% over the last decade, a new study shows suicide deaths rose by 15% during the same period. In addition, deaths fro

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  4. Pot Use in Teen Years May Lower IQ, Study Shows

    Aug. 27, 2012 -- Heavy, long-term marijuana use beginning in the teens can possibly lead to lower IQ, a provocative new study shows. Frequent, continued use of marijuana starting before age 18 was associated with an eight-point decline in IQ in the study. The decline was not seen in users who starte

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  5. Partner Depression Common After Heart Attack

    Aug. 22, 2012 -- When Linda Green recalls her husband John’s 2009 heart attack, her heart races and her hands get sweaty. “It feels like posttraumatic stress,” she says. “I just relive it all.” Though she says she held up well during her husband’s hospital stay, Green says she became anxious and dep

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  6. Hoarders' Brains Overwhelmed by Decisions

    Aug. 6, 2012 -- Two brain regions go on high alert when hoarders must decide whether to keep something they own or throw it away. In a new study in Archives of General Psychiatry, brain images of those regions show that hoarders respond quite differently when making such decisions than people with o

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  7. Fewer Lies, Better Health?

    Aug. 6, 2012 -- People who make an effort to lie less say they have better relationships and report fewer health complaints, according to new research. "Our findings support the notion that lying less can cause better health through improving relationships," says researcher Anita Kelly, PhD, a profe

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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