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    1. 1.2 Million College Students Drink on Average Day

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When they're not hitting the books, many U.S. college students are hitting the bars or getting high, a new government report shows. About 1.2 million full-time college students, aged 18 to 22, drink alcohol, and nearly 70

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    2. FDA Approves Implant to Battle Opioid Addiction

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new long-acting implant that can help treat people addicted to heroin and prescription painkillers was approved Thursday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. "Opioid abuse and addiction have taken a devastating t

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    3. Antidepressants Not Just for Depression Any More

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors prescribe antidepressants for a wide range of medical problems other than depression, apparently fueling the boom in sales of these medications, researchers report. Depression accounts for only a little more than

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    4. Why Heavy Drinking May Boost Desire to Smoke More

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The reason alcoholics struggle to stop smoking may be because their heavy drinking speeds up how quickly their body breaks down nicotine, a new study suggests. "Our study showed that chronic heavy alcohol consumption may

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    5. 'Magic Mushroom' Chemical & Severe Depression

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A hallucinogenic compound found in "magic mushrooms" shows promise in treating depression, a small, preliminary study found. "Depression continues to affect a large proportion of the population, many of whom do not respond

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    6. Marriage a Buffer Against Drinking Problems?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Married people are less likely to have drinking problems than single people, and that protective effect is particularly strong among those with a family history of alcoholism, a new study suggests. "While clinicians have l

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    7. Could Inducing Mild 'Fever' Help Depression?

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Temporarily raising the body temperature of people who are depressed seems to ease symptoms for up to six weeks, a small new study finds. The treatment, known as whole-body hyperthermia, essentially gives patients a

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    8. Lithium Beats Newer Meds for Bipolar Disorder

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Lithium outperforms newer mood stabilizers in the treatment of bipolar disorder, a new study has found. Patients taking lithium had lower rates of self-harm and unintentional injury compared to those taking other bipola

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    9. Depression Persists in Caregivers of Seriously Ill

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Caregivers for the critically ill often suffer depression that lingers long after their loved one's hospital stay ends, new research suggests. "Caregivers to patients who have spent at least seven days in the ICU [inte

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    10. Fatal Pot-Linked Crashes Up After WA Legalization

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The number of fatal car crashes involving marijuana more than doubled after Washington state legalized the sale of the drug, a new study finds. Marijuana became legal in Washington in December 2012, researchers sai

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