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  1. 'Bath Salts' Have Effects Similar to Meth, Ecstasy

    Aug. 16, 2011 -- Mephedrone, a key ingredient in the designer-drug mix sold as "bath salts" or as other substances, induces methamphetamine-like cravings in rats. But mephedrone isn't exactly like meth, cocaine, ecstasy (MDMA), or other new designer drugs, according to rat studies led by pharmacolog

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  2. Genes Play Role in How Alcohol Affects Men and Women

    Aug. 15, 2011 -- New genetic research may help explain some of the different ways that alcoholism affects men and women. Gender differences in alcoholism have previously been attributed to differences in size and body composition. But the new study suggests that genes may also play a role in the way

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  3. Depression Raises Women's Stroke Risk

    Aug. 11, 2011 -- Depression moderately increases a woman's risk of stroke, according to a new study that confirms earlier research. "Women who had a history of depression or who were currently depressed had about a 29% increased risk of stroke," says An Pan, PhD, research fellow at the Harvard Schoo

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  4. Schizophrenia Cause: Neural Circuits, Not Mom

    Aug. 8, 2011 - An unlucky collection of tiny changes in the genetic code causes most cases of schizophrenia, a game-changing new study finds. These "de novo" mutations aren't passed on from parents to their children, helping to explain why so many cases of schizophrenia occur in people with no famil

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  5. Eating Disorders Affect Fertility, Pregnancy

    Aug. 5, 2011 -- Women with anorexia or bulimia or a history of eating disorders have more fertility problems, unplanned pregnancies, and negative feelings about having a child than women with no such history, a new study from the United Kingdom finds. Researchers from King’s College London and the U

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  6. Antidepressants Prescribed Without Psychiatric Diagnosis

    Aug 4, 2011 -- Antidepressants may be increasingly prescribed by non-psychiatrists to treat medical disorders in the absence of a psychiatric diagnosis. The proportion of non-psychiatrist doctor visits where antidepressants were prescribed without a documented psychiatric diagnosis increased from 59

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  7. Suicide Brain May Hold Key to Depression

    Aug. 3, 2011 -- A study that compared the brains of suicide victims to those of people who died suddenly from other causes found key differences in specific brain cells in the white matter of the brain. The finding lends support to the idea that inflammation within the brain plays a key role in depr

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  8. Study: Antipsychotic Drug Does Not Help Veterans With PTSD

    Aug. 2, 2011 -- Risperdal, an antipsychotic medication commonly prescribed to veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when antidepressants have failed to help, does not alleviate the symptoms of PTSD, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. “[T]hese fi

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  9. Richer Countries Have Higher Depression Rates

    July 26, 2011 -- Depression rates around the world vary according to a nation's affluence, with the highest income countries -- including the U.S. -- reporting the highest levels of depression, a study shows. For the study, an international team working with the World Health Organization's World Men

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  10. Deadliest Psychiatric Disorder: Anorexia

    July 12, 2011 -- Anorexia is the most lethal psychiatric disorder, carrying a sixfold increased risk of death -- four times the death risk from major depression. The odds are even worse for people first diagnosed with anorexia in their 20s. They have 18 times the death risk of healthy people their a

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