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Study Finds Link Between Racism and Depression

By Susan J. Campbell Race impacts more in our lives than perhaps even we realize. According to recent research, fifth-graders who believe they have been mistreated as a result of the color of their skin are much more likely than their classmates to have symptoms of mental disorders, especially depression. The Pensacola News Journal recently …

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Medical History of Mental Disorders Lacking in Doctor’s Office

Anytime a patient visits the doctor’s office, a medical history is taken or updated. This history includes things like whether or not there is heart disease or cancer in the family, the number of surgeries a patient has had, and if he or she is allergic to any type of medication. When it comes to …

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Young Men Living with Parents More Likely to be Violent and Have Alcohol Problems

A new study by researchers at Queen Mary, University of London finds that young men who stay at home with their parents tend to be more violent than those who live independently. Researchers also found that men still living at home in their early twenties have fewer responsibilities and more disposable income to spend on …

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Drug Patterns Uncovered through Wastewater

A team of researchers has mapped patterns of illicit drug use across the state of Oregon by sampling municipal wastewater before it is treated. According to a Science Daily article, their findings provide a one-day snapshot of drug excretion that can be used to better understand patterns of drug use in multiple municipalities over time.

Drunk Driving Down; Drugged Driving Up

A government survey found that the number of drunk-driving cases has fallen sharply over the last 30 years due to tougher laws and a shift in societal views on alcohol. However, a separate survey showed that for the first time, 16.3 percent of nighttime weekend drivers tested positive for drugs—mainly marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine.

Using Nicotine Patch before Quitting Smoking Doubles Success Rate

Duke University Medical Center researchers recently found that using a nicotine patch before quitting smoking can double success rates. They say their findings should be printed on nicotine patch labeling. Currently, the nicotine patch is only recommended for use after the quit date, explained Jed Rose, director of the Duke Center for Nicotine and Smoking …

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Groups Oppose Pro-Marijuana Ads, Detailing Dangers of the Drug

While a pro-marijuana group is launching an ad to encourage California legislators to legalize and tax the drug as a means of revenue, opponents want to remind the public that people under 18 who have used the drug are more likely to move on to harder-hitting drugs, putting 51 percent of California’s young people at …

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Longer Treatment Found to be More Effective in Depressed Teens

A new study shows that the longer depressed teens are treated, the more likely they are to go into remission. The rate of remission for teens who were treated for 36 weeks was more than double that of those who were treated for 12 weeks, regardless of whether the teens were treated with antidepressants, cognitive …

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