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    1. Drug Overdoses Hit Record High: CDC

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Dec. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Drug overdose deaths reached record highs in 2014, fueled largely by the abuse of narcotic painkillers and heroin, U.S. health officials reported Friday. In 2014, more than 47,000 Americans died from drug overdoses -- a

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    2. Some Antidepressants, Bipolar Disorder Linked?

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Some commonly used antidepressants may increase certain patients' risk of developing mania or bipolar disorder, a large study suggests. The strongest link was for depressed patients prescribed Effexor (venlafaxine) or a

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    3. Primary Care Docs Leading Opioid Prescribers

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Americans continue to be plagued by an epidemic of prescription narcotic painkiller abuse, and a new study finds primary care physicians are by far the biggest prescribers of the drugs. Researchers led by Dr. Jonathan Chen

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    4. U.S. Drug Overdose Deaths Rose 7% in 2014

      Dec. 11, 2015 -- Heroin and narcotic painkillers were major factors in the seven percent rise in drug overdose deaths in the United States between 2013 and 2014, federal government data shows. There were more than 47,000 overdose deaths last year. That included nearly 19,000 deaths from powerful pre

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    5. Fewer Teens Driving After Drinking, Smoking Pot

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer teens and young adults are driving under the influence of alcohol or a combination of alcohol and marijuana, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. From 2002 to 2014, self-reported driving under the influence o

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    6. Talk Therapy vs Meds for Major Depression

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Talk therapy and antidepressants could both be equally effective as stand-alone treatments for major depressive disorder, new research indicates. A review of 11 previously conducted studies that collectively tracked treatment

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    7. Omega-3s May Play Role in Bipolar Disorder

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Dec. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A small study suggests there may be a link between levels of omega-3 fatty acids and bipolar disorder. Researchers compared 27 people with bipolar disorder and 31 people without the mental illness. Those with bipolar disord

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    8. Making Sense of the Senseless Violence

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Mass shootings and the accompanying carnage have now become a regular part of life in America. And mental health experts warn that this steady drumbeat of violence could have major consequences for the nation's psyche.

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    9. More Seek Treatment for Painkiller, Heroin Abuse

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More American teens and adults are seeking treatment for heroin and prescription painkiller abuse, a new U.S. government report reveals. In 2013, heroin accounted for 19 percent of admissions to publicly funded substance-

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    10. Powerful New Pot May Harm the Brain

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking high-potency marijuana might damage nerve fibers that connect the brain's two hemispheres, a new study reports. MRI scans of nearly 100 people -- including some diagnosed with psychosis -- associated frequent u

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