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  1. Secondhand Pot Smoke Can Give Others Mild 'High'

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In unventilated rooms or vehicles, secondhand marijuana smoke can affect people who aren't smoking the drug, a new study finds. In those situations, nonsmokers can have "mild intoxication," memory and coordination problems

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  2. A Billion Smokers, 240 Million Alcohol Abusers

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Tobacco and alcohol take a big toll on the health of people around the world, a new global survey shows. The research suggests that about a billion people -- more than 20 percent of the world's adult population -- smoke, a

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  3. It May Soon Be Possible to Easily 'Brew' Narcotics

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People may soon be able to "homebrew" narcotics using genetically modified baker's yeast and a vat of simple sugar, warn researchers, who are calling for strict regulation of this upcoming scientific breakthrough. Scienti

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  4. Medical Pot and Prescription Painkiller Combo

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Medical marijuana users don't appear to increase their risk for drug or alcohol abuse if they also take prescription painkillers, a new study finds. While many people use medical marijuana as an alternative to narcotic (opi

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  5. Even Treated Depression May Raise Stroke Risk

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Depression in older adults appears to significantly increase the risk of a stroke, even after depression symptoms have gotten better, a new study suggests. The researchers found that people who had severe symptoms of d

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  6. ER Practices Key to Helping Painkiller Addicts

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A comparison of three treatments for narcotic painkiller addiction found that patients given the medication buprenorphine in the emergency department do better than those given only referrals. Addiction to prescr

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  7. Heroin Use Levels Off in U.S., But Still High

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Levels of heroin use in the United States have stabilized but are still high, federal officials reported Thursday. In 2013, about 681,000 Americans aged 12 and older said they had used heroin in the past year. That numb

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  8. Mindfulness Therapy as Good as Depression Meds

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy might offer an alternative for people with depression who don't want to take antidepressants long-term, British researchers say. Their study, published April 21 online in The Lancet,

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  9. 'Tamper-Proof' Painkiller May Be Curbing Abuse

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Narcotic painkillers that have features that make them hard to abuse may be linked to a drop in both the number of prescriptions and overdoses of these drugs, a new study finds. After a tamper-resistant form of OxyConti

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  10. Synthetic Pot Sends Hundreds to ERs in AL, MS

    April 17, 2015 -- In the past month, more than 300 people in Alabama and Mississippi have sought emergency care after using synthetic marijuana, according to health officials. Synthetic marijuana, also called spice, is sold illegally in convenience stores. Officials said there have been 227 spice-re

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