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Depression Links to Increased Risk of Heart Failure

Depression often gives people the impression that those suffering from the condition are just sad. The reality is much darker than that, as these individuals can feel helpless, emotionally empty, and even suicidal. Now, a new study announced in Yahoo! News finds that depression can increase the risk of heart failure. According to Heidi May, …

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Texas Fighting Against the Mix of Alcohol and Driving

While the mere consumption of alcohol is not in and of itself wrong, failure to set a limit and drive under the influence certainly can lead to poor decisions, erratic driving,  and even death. Now, the state of Texas is taking a stand. Considering Texas was second only to California in 2007 in traffic fatalities …

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California Noticing Surge in Female Drunk Driving

The roads in California are becoming more dangerous. According to a report in the Sacramento Bee, the state is seeing a surge in young women getting behind the wheel and driving drunk. While men still dominate in the number of cases of driving under the influence, DUI crashes are up more than 100 percent in …

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Late-Life Generalized Anxiety Disorder Patients Benefit from Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a common demon for older adults and for those suffering with the condition, there is often an increase in physical disability, memory difficulties and a decreased quality of life. Now, Science Daily has reported that older adults with GAD who receive cognitive behavior therapy showed greater improvement on measures of …

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Studies Show Economy Driving More Americans to Seek Help from Mental Health System

When the economics within the family change for the worse, it stands to reason that anxiety, depression and stress would increase. According to the Tennessean, residents in Tennessee are turning to the mental health system in droves to cope with the emotional toll. Dr. Thomas Lavie, medical director of the Vanderbilt Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic told …

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Scientists Discover Potential Brain Pathway for Drug Addiction

Proper treatments for drug addictions face an ongoing battle in fighting against a patient’s lack of willpower, lack of motivation and even self-destructive tendencies. Now, research just announced by Chemical & Engineering News indicates that a peptide produced in the brain might provide the answer. A natural appetite stimulant, the peptide is a melanin-concentrating hormone …

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Nanotechnology Research May Offer Hope for Drug Addiction

The University of Buffalo has completed new research, suggesting that nanotechnology treatment for drug addiction may offer the answer to long-term recovery. Scientists involved in the research have developed a stable nanoparticle that delivers short RNA molecules in the brain to disable the gene that has proven to play a critical role in a variety …

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Michigan Initiates Attack on Prescription Drug Problem

While prescription drugs can play a vital role in the healthcare of individuals throughout the world, they can also be life threatening when used improperly or as a habit. For drug counselors, police officers, treatment providers and other professionals throughout the nation, prescription drug abuse is not only a health problem, it is a legal …

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Balance Measured in Sober Alcoholics

Long-term alcohol use can wreak havoc on every part of your body, including your brain. Alcohol dependence (commonly called alcoholism) is a progressive disease that includes cravings for alcohol, loss of control over drinking, and a negative emotional state when you’re not drinking. Alcoholism doesn’t discriminate; it affects people of all ages, genders, and socioeconomic …

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