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The New OxyContin Spurs Heroin Use
Abuse of Rush Limbaugh's favorite painkiller prompted a reformulation. Unfortunately, that prompted heroin use.
The Complicated Relationship between Alcohol and Anxiety
Alcohol addiction may rewire the brain so that it can't rebound from stress. PTSD suffers may want to take note.
Let it Shine: New Window Coating Lets in More Light
An experimental window coating lets in more light at the blue end of the spectrum. This shift could improve health in a number of ways.
60, 70 or 80: It's Not Too Late to Stop Smoking
Quitting smoking lowers one's mortality risk, even for smokers in their 60s, 70s and 80s.
A Brain Chemical That Makes Bad Memories Disappear
Researchers discover a brain chemical that helps us shed stress, or not.
A Three-Hour Therapy Session Could Treat Arachnophobia
People so afraid of spiders that they wouldn't walk on grass were cured of their phobia with only one brief therapy session.
Blood Test Can Reliably Diagnose Teen Depression
Markers found in a simple blood test reliably distinguished depressed teens from those who weren't. Treatment is trickier.
Endorphins May Explain Why Alcohol Makes Us Feel Happy
Endorphins, the brain’s “feel good” chemicals, may explain why a drink makes us feel better — and why we often want more.
A Second Look at Antidepressants and Suicide
A new study finds that antidepressants do not raise the risk of suicide, but offer some protection. Kids are different.
One in Five Americans Suffers from Mental Health Illness
In America, one in five people is facing a mental health issue. Worldwide, it’s the single greatest cause of disability.