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4 Your Health: More sleep, less junk food; medical care cuts drug deaths

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Deaths among people who use heroin and abuse prescription painkillers have increased dramatically over the past two decades.

But improving medical care for these patients could reduce the number of addiction-related deaths. Researchers followed over 32,000 patients treated in the veterans affairs health care system for opioid abuse. They found deaths were much lower among people who were not prescribed anxiety medications, those who got counseling and patients who saw a doctor regularly.

Experts estimate deaths could be cut by as much as one-third if these methods were used for all patients with opioid disorders. 

Sleep means less junk food

If you tend to binge on junk food after a stressful day at work try to get more sleep.

A new study of over 200 workers in China found job stress often lead to overeating and unhealthy food choices at dinnertime. But when workers slept better the night before they tended to eat better when they felt stress the next day.

Researchers suggest well-rested people are more able to cope with stress and less likely to overeat.

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