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    1. Prescriptions Continue After Painkiller ODs

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Even as overdoses from narcotic prescription painkiller reach record levels in the United States, a new report finds that most people who survive such events continue to be prescribed the drugs by their doctors. The new

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    2. Smoke Weed in College and Your Grades May Go to Pot

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- College students who smoke marijuana appear more likely than their peers to skip classes -- which eventually leads to poorer grades and later graduation, a recent study suggests. The study, which followed more than 1,100 col

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    3. Opioids: What Patients and Doctors Think

      Dec. 30, 2015 -- After using prescription pain medicines known as opioids, more than one-third of respondents in a WebMD survey say they keep those medicines for future use. About the same percentage, though, believe it’s rare for those medications to fall into the wrong hands, despite what's been c

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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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