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  1. Unhealthy Eating Habits Start Early

    June 24, 2011 -- Girls and boys who develop unhealthy eating or extreme dieting habits as adolescents are likely to carry those potentially dangerous weight control practices into adulthood. A new study shows that more than half of teenage girls and one-third of teenage boys used unhealthy eating ha

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  2. Even Small Amounts of Alcohol May Impair Driving

    June 21 2011 -- Driving with a buzz can be as dangerous as driving when you are fully intoxicated, a new study suggests. The blood-alcohol content (BAC) limit in the U.S. is set at 0.08%, but levels well below this legal limit are associated with car accidents that cause incapacitating injury and de

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  3. Antipsychotic Drug Risperdal Recalled Because of Odor

    June 20, 2011 -- The musty odor that has led to recalls of various Johnson & Johnson products has now struck the company's Risperdal and generic risperidone antipsychotic medication. The company is recalling some 16,000 bottles of brand-name Risperdal (3 milligram tablets) and some 24,000 bottles of

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  4. ER Visits for Drug-Related Suicide Attempts Up in Men

    June 17, 2011 -- New data highlight a 55% increase in emergency room visits for drug-related suicide attempts among men aged 21 to 34 from 2005 to 2009. “This study shows an increase in the number of people using prescription medications for suicide attempts,” says researcher Peter J. Delany, PhD, d

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  5. Admission to Substance Abuse Rehab on the Rise

    June 23, 2011 -- Admissions to treatment programs among people ages 12 and over for alcohol, marijuana, and opiate problems have risen significantly in recent years, according to a new federal report. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) says one of the most notable

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  6. Child Care May Protect Toddlers From Mom’s Depression

    June 13, 2011 -- Just a few hours formal child care per week can help shield toddlers from some of the lingering effects of their mom’s depression. Maternal depression has been linked to an increased risk of certain behavior problems in children, but the new study shows that just over three hours a

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  7. Drug May Improve Depression and Sleep

    May 17, 2011 -- An antidepressant that modifies sleep-wake cycles proved effective for treating major depression while also improving the sleep quality of patients in key studies, according to a newly published study. The melatonin-based drug agomelatine was recently approved in Europe and Australia

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  8. Low Oxytocin Linked to Postpartum Depression

    May 11, 2011 -- Pregnant women who have lower levels of the hormone oxytocin may be at greater risk for developing postpartum depression, a new study shows. Sometimes called the “cuddle hormone” or the “hormone of love,” oxytocin has been the subject of much research interest for its ability to fost

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  9. Happiest States Have Most Suicides

    April 22, 2011 -- It's a dark paradox: The happiest states in America have the highest suicide rates. The surprising finding comes from a British/American research team looking for clues to why people choose to end their own lives. "Although one's own happiness protects one from suicide ... the leve

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  10. TV Breakups: When a Show Ends, Fans May Mourn

    April 22, 2011 -- One minute, the relationship is humming along, comfortable yet exciting. The next, poof! It’s gone. Never mind that the relationship is a TV relationship and you're mourning the passing of your favorite character. This is what experts call a ''parasocial" relationship. It's a bond

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