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A concussion can bring about a wide variety of symptoms. These symptoms may affect any combination of physical, emotional, basic mental functioning. It seems that some types of concussion symptoms may signal risk for others. #MentalHealth #MentalHealth
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A bit of stress here and there in our lives can give us a motivational boost. But when that stress is constant, it can have a serious impact on our health and may even lead to some life-threatening situations. #MentalHealth #MentalHealth
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Just how much are underage youth affected by alcohol advertisements? The connection between magazine ads and underage drinking may be strong, according to the authors of a new study. #MentalHealth #MentalHealth
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Falling asleep behind the wheel is a dangerous situation. Preventing such situations requires knowing what can lead to drowsy driving — a topic that researchers recently explored. #MentalHealth #MentalHealth
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In 1998, significant restrictions were placed on advertising of cigarettes and other tobacco products in the United States. However, e-cigarette ads seem to be appearing in strength across many media channels, including TV, radio, the internet and in print. #MentalHealth #MentalHealth
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One of the most common injuries from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars has been traumatic brain injury. Researchers are still learning the long-term implications of this injury. #MentalHealth #MentalHealth
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While heavy drinking has clearly been shown to be bad for overall health, much research has shown that moderate alcohol consumption can offer benefits for the heart. A new study, however, may change that notion. #MentalHealth #MentalHealth
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Hmm.  Correlation yes: causation--not at all.
I have difficulty drinking in large quantities, yet drink moderately, regularly.  So maybe I am biased in my reaction, but I expect that I have the gene in question, and I view my drinking as probably best done without or less, but not having a major impact on my health either way.  
  Not being able to binge drink is surely a positive for heart health.  And those who drink very large amounts but still eat a typical diet are likely to gain weight faster, and keep it on more persistently, than people who eat the same diet but don't add all those extra calories, as one example of an uncontrolled variable in this study.  Did they control for things like weight gain over a long-ish period of time (say, decades) for all those who drank, had the gene, and the ones who didn't have the gene?  What about other factors?   Did the light drinkers typically exercise more? Was the gene in question evenly distributed in the population?  Or concentrated in areas where heart disease is already less widespread?
  Or there may be another effect of the gene in question, unrelated entirely to alcohol, that protects the heart or reduces LDL cholesterol & triglycerides.
    I wish we didn't view this as a given food or drink has to be A. killing you! Abstain! ; or B.  You MUST eat/drink this to say healthy--and all the time.  We tend towards a pretty stupid binarism in looking at these things.
    All we can be sure of with alcohol is that it affects driving ability, lowers inhibitions, and excessive consumption is bad for overall health, weight and brain function.  And anyone who regularly drinks to total drunkenness is at risk of alcoholism, especially when they start young (pre-18).  A disease of addiction that is terrible for health and just about everything else.  
   Beyond that, all that's pretty established scientifically to a fairly high standard of proof is that if you are having 4 or more drinks every day for men, or 2-3 and more for women; or drinking 1.5 to 3x that in binges every week or twice each week, you should be aware that it isn't healthy, and as you get older,  it is quite bad for you.  And if you are overweight, and/or have high cholesterol, or have a family history of heart disease, it may be healthier not to drink alcohol at all.  But the evidence is not compelling yet in either direction.
  Given the backpedaling that has been made recently on eggs, say (now it's widely believed we DON'T absorb egg cholesterol at all or nearly at all--so they don't give us high cholesterol ) and so many other things food & health related in the past 75 years, maintaining a healthy skepticism that we really know anything reliable about how healthy or unhealthy moderate or light drinking is seems the "moderate" point of view to stick to, doesn't it?
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Quitting smoking can be one of the toughest battles a person can face, but a variety of treatments can help. Sometimes combining treatments may work too. #MentalHealth #MentalHealth
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Public health awareness campaigns often focus on reducing cigarette smoking, but other smoking risks exist as well. In addition to cigars, hookahs present health risks too. #MentalHealth #MentalHealth
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Medications intended to ease pain can sometimes cause more when an overdose occurs. People in certain US states may be at a greater risk for overdoses based on the prescription practices in those states. #MentalHealth #MentalHealth
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Even though ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) can be treated with stimulant medications, those who have ADHD are at higher risk for substance abuse. #MentalHealth #MentalHealth
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Children with ADHD may take medications to help them focus on schoolwork, improve impulsive behaviors, and better follow instructions from parents. However, one type of ADHD medication may have a small risk of potentially serious health issues. #MentalHealth #MentalHealth
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