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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Depression Treatment by Phone

    June 5, 2012 -- People suffering major depression are more likely to get psychotherapy if it's offered by phone, Northwestern University researchers find. Psychotherapy is an effective treatment for depression. Patient surveys show most would prefer psychotherapy to antidepressant drugs. Yet only a

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  7. Probiotics: Exploring the Gut-Mind Connection

    May 24, 2012 -- Call it a gut feeling. Preliminary research suggests that probiotics may dampen signals that come from the gut and go to the brain when you're afraid or anxious. "By changing what's going on inside of the gut, we hope we can change how the brain responds to the environment," says stu

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  8. Spider Phobia: Brain Scan Shows Cure in 1 Session

    May 21, 2012 -- Before receiving treatment for her lifelong fear of spiders, one Chicago college student would flee her dorm for days if she merely suspected one's presence. She worried that her phobia would keep her from living on her own after graduation. Another woman did not travel because she w

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  9. Chinese Herb Kudzu May Help Drinkers Cut Down

    May 17, 2012 -- An extract from the Chinese herb kudzu may help drinkers cut down on drinking, according to a new pilot study. "It didn't stop the drinking," says researcher David M. Penetar, PhD, assistant professor of psychology at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School. "They still drank, but

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  10. New Clues to Schizophrenia

    May 15, 2012 -- Scientists have developed a test that may be able to predict who is at risk for schizophrenia, a complex mental illness that is thought to run in families. To develop the test, scientists used a new approach to identify a comprehensive group of genes most likely linked with the disea

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