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    1. Can This Anesthetic Ease Suicidal Thoughts?

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Low doses of the anesthetic ketamine may quickly reduce suicidal thoughts in people with long-standing depression, a small study suggests. By the end of three weeks of therapy, most of the 14 study volunteers had a decre

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    2. Bipolar Disorder: Depression May Not Follow Mania

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While many may associate bipolar disorder with episodes of mania followed by periods of depression, a new study suggests that's often not the case. Researchers say states of anxiety are equally as likely as to follow manic e

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    3. Addicts Using Diarrhea Drug Imodium to Get High

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Searching for an alternative to opioid painkillers such as Oxycontin and Vicodin, some addicts are now turning to the diarrhea drug Imodium for a high, researchers say. This abuse of Imodium -- with its key ingredient, lop

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    4. Opioid Epidemic Fueling Hospitalizations, Costs

               By Shefali Luthra        Every day, headlines detail the casualties of the nation’s surge in heroin and prescription painkiller abuse: the funerals, the broken families and the patients cycling in and out of treatment. Now, a new study sheds light on another repercussion — how this public h

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    5. Counterfeit Opioid Poisonings Spread To Bay Area

               By Barbara Feder Ostrov        An outbreak of poisonings linked to a counterfeit prescription painkiller — previously seen in the Sacramento region — has reached the Bay Area, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.        The CDC reported Tuesday that seven patients were treated

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    6. These Supplements May Boost Antidepressant Effects

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Omega-3 fish oil supplements may improve the effectiveness of antidepressants, new research suggests. Researchers reviewed the findings of eight clinical trials worldwide, as well as other evidence, and concluded that th

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    7. Heavy Pot Use in Teens Linked to Shortened Life

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Men who were heavy pot smokers in their teens may not live as long as those who did not use marijuana when they were young, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data from more than 45,000 men in Sweden who did compu

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    8. U.S. Suicide Rate Up 24 Percent Since 1999: CDC

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Suicide rates in the United States rose 24 percent between 1999 and 2014, with young girls and middle-aged men accounting for the largest increases, federal health officials reported Friday. By 2014, the total suicide r

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    9. This May Ease 'Phantom Limb' Pain for Amputees

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A freezing technique may reduce the debilitating phantom limb pain that many amputees experience, according to a new, small study. Chronic pain that emanates from the site of a severed limb can be reduced in some cases when t

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    10. Painkiller May Be New Heroin Addiction Treatment

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Hydromorphone -- an opioid painkiller -- may be another treatment option for heroin addiction, a new Canadian study suggests. The research included more than 200 heroin addicts in Vancouver. They hadn't responded to com

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