Opiate Addiction in Teens

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A Michigan State University study shows that 14- and 15-year-olds are at a higher risk of becoming dependent on prescription drugs within a 12-month period after using them extra-medically, or beyond the prescribed amount. The study found that out of about 42,000 respondents, they found that 14- and 15-year-olds were two to three times more…

A New Drug for Chronic Pain?

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HOPEFULLY….. A brain region controlling whether we feel happy or sad, as well as addiction, is remodeled by chronic pain, reports a new study. And in a significant breakthrough, scientists have developed a new treatment that restores this region and dramatically lessens pain symptoms in an animal model. The new treatment combines two FDA-approved drugs:…

A drug that can help with heavy drinking

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Alcohol abuse and dependence afflicts over 17 million people in the United States. Too many struggling with this disease go without proper treatment and suffer from it’s  devastating effects year after year. There has been limited success in the past when it comes to effective treatments for alcoholism and thus any new promising treatment is…

Is Salt a Natural Anti-Depressant?

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The fact is that many people use much more salt than what the body needs. Studies have shown that the worldwide average for salt consumption per person is approximately 10 grams per day, which is higher than the recommended allowance by about 4 grams, and may be more than the actual daily requirement of the…

Supreme Court Clarifies Trial Competency Standards

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In clarifying criminal trial competency standards, The US Supreme Court agreed with the main points of an APA amicus curiae brief in holding that having mental competence in one specific area of criminal proceedings does not suffice for all judicial circumstances. The court held that the criminal defendants who are declared competent to stand trial…

Escalation of Depression in Recession

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As the economy continues to worsen and more and more people face increasing personal debts, credit crunch, foreclosures, and unemployment, there is a serious risk of higher than normal number of individuals struggling with what might be called as “recession depression”. In fact, some clinical experts such as those at the Priory Group are already…

Depression can increase harmful type of body fat ….

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Research studies have already shown that depression increases the risk of weight gain and obesity, it is now becoming evident that depressed individuals may be at specific risk of accumulating extra fat around their midsection; in other words, it’s not just donuts that can put a “donut” around your middle, depression and the changes in…