August 2000

Sticking cocaine addicts with pins: Acupuncture study

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Acupuncture appears to help some cocaine addicts escape their dependence, according to a report published this week by researchers at Yale University.

Experts say cocaine addiction is one of the hardest drug dependencies to treat. And while many treatment centres have been using acupuncture for some time, usually together with other therapies, scientific studies of its effectiveness in treating cocaine addiction have been inconclusive.

Getting a grip on depression

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Depression is, by far, the most common mental-health disorder. Harvard University projects that depression will be the No. 1 source of lost workdays in developed countries by 2020. Untreated depression is believed to represent a graver threat to productivity through work days lost than cancer, heart disease, AIDS or violence.