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CDC: More than 10% of American adolescents, adults take antidepressants

BY Alaric DeArment

ATLANTA — More than 1-in-10 Americans ages 12 years and older take antidepressants, and the rate of antidepressant use in the United States among all ages increased 400% between 1988 and 2008, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found 11% of American adolescents and adults were using drugs to treat depression between 2005 and 2008. Girls and women were more likely than boys and men to take the drugs, while non-Hispanic whites were more likely to take them than non-Hispanic blacks and Mexican-Americans.

About one-third of people with severe depression took antidepressant drugs, while more than 60% of Americans taking the drugs had taken them for two years or longer. Fourteen percent had taken them for 10 years or longer.

Results of the study were based on the NHANES medical examination, which included 13,897 people ages 12 years and older.


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‘Quickfix Rx: KneeHab’ joins ‘Yoga Tune Up’ library of fitness DVDs

BY Allison Cerra

LOS ANGELES — A new DVD designed to help workout enthusiasts, athletes or rehab patients improve their knee health and prevent injury has entered the market.

"Quickfix Rx: KneeHab" is part of the "Yoga Tune Up" library of fitness DVDs, starring fitness professional Jill Miller. In the DVD, which is divided into four sections, Miller demonstrates moves that open up new ranges of motion and recondition knees.

"Quickfix Rx: KneeHab" is 65 minutes long and carries a suggested retail price of $19.95.

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Former P&G head A.G. Lafley appointed to board of Legendary Entertainment

BY Antoinette Alexander

BURBANK, Calif. — Former chairman, president and CEO of Procter & Gamble A.G. Lafley has joined Legendary Entertainment’s board of directors.

Lafley joins a board comprising Legendary’s chairman and CEO Thomas Tull, as well as Jim Breyer, Larry Clark, Dick Cook and Joe Roth.

Legendary Entertainment is a media company with film (Legendary Pictures), television (Legendary Television) and comics (Legendary Comics) divisions.

When Lafley was at the helm at P&G, sales doubled, profits quadrupled, and the company’s market value increased by more than $100 billion dollars. He graduated from Hamilton College in 1969, joined the U.S. Navy in 1970, earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1977, and then joined P&G.

Lafley currently serves as special partner at Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and as director of the General Electric Co. Lafley is also the co-author of "The Game Changer," a book on innovation, and author of Harvard Business Review articles, "What Only the CEO Can Do" and "The Art and Science of Finding the Right CEO."

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