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Adderallrx-042315.jpg Leading ADHD drugs like Adderall often increase productivity but could also pose some health risks, according to a new study from researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). When used improperly these drugs can lead to drug-addiction, irregular heartbeat, and hallucinations and they've become more popular with teens and adults in recent years.

Autismribbon-042215.jpg There is no clear link between the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism, according to a new study from researchers at The Lewin Group, a health care consulting firm in Falls Church, Virginia. For the study the researchers examined health records for about 96,000 kids, all of whom have older siblings.

Mammography-042215.jpg The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a new guideline stating that women should begin having yearly mammograms at the age of 50. The new guideline updates a 2009 suggestion that says women should begin having mammograms every other year starting at the age of 50. This change, in fact, marks the third shift in thinking about mammograms in the last decade.

medicine-042215.jpg Taking too many vitamin supplements could actually increase the risk of cancer and other illnesses, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Colorado Cancer. For the study researchers examined any links between excessive use of specific supplements and increases in cancer risk. They found that folic acid supplements were linked with a twenty percent increased risk.

Autismribbon-042215.jpg Adults with autism may struggle to find work opportunities, according to a new study from researchers at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University in Philadelphia. About one in every 68 children develop the condition and the new data reveals that about one in ten adults with autism is unemployed.

Depressed-042215.jpg Mindfulness therapy may be as effective as antidepressants for some patients, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Oxford. For the study the researchers studied 424 depression patients, half of whom took industry standard medications while the other half used mindfulness therapy.

The FDA has announced plans for two days of hearings to review safety claims of homeopathic remedies. In recent years the agency has issued warnings to as many as 40 different homeopathic remedy makers warning them against claims for potential health benefits of their products. Health reporter Dr. Holly Phillips commented on the issue with "CBS This Morning" earlier this week.

A new pair of clinical trials suggest that immune system drugs can help treat advanced melanoma. In the studies, researchers found that the immune checkpoint inhibitor Keytruda worked better than the current frontline treatment for melanoma, Yervoy. They also found that using both drugs together yielded better results than using Yervoy alone.

bloodbottles-042015.jpg A new form of blood test called a liquid biopsy could prove more effective than traditional biopsies, according to a new study from researchers at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. With the new blood test doctors can seek out tiny fragments of DNA that are shed by tumor cells in the blood stream.

Joggingwoman-042015.jpg Happiness could be spread through the smell of sweat, according to a new study from researchers at the Utrecht University in the Netherlands. For the study the researchers enrolled 12 men and collected underarm sweat from each while experiencing feelings of happiness, fear and neutral emotions. A group of 36 women was then asked to smell the sweat produced during each emotional phase.

Pinkribbon-042015.jpg New research suggests that breast cancer rates in the U.S. may rise by 50 percent by 2030. A new study by the National Cancer Institute on cancer projections found that breast cancer rates would increase to an estimated 441,000 in 2030 (compared to 283,000 in 2011), with rates of estrogen-receptor positive cancers that had not spread to other parts of the body.

It is possible for children to develop food allergies after receiving blood transfusions, according to a new reported case. The case, reported on in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, researches an eight-year-old Canadian boy who developed an allergy to fish and peanuts after receiving a transfusion from a donor with severe allergies to these foods.

More U.S. teens are opting to use long-term forms of birth control, according to a new report. For the study, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers analyzed information from more than 7.5 million teens who sought contraception from family planning centers funded by a federal grant program known as Title X.

A new study ties antidepressants to a higher risk for first-time seizures in people being treated for depression. The study, presented at the European Psychiatric Association (EPA) 23rd Congress, says that the kinds connected to the worse odds of having a first seizure were SSRIs, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, SNRIs, or serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors and others.

Marijuana-021915.jpg A marijuana extract may help reduce the frequency and strength of seizures in people with severe epilepsy, a new study has found. The study, which took place over twelve weeks at New York University's Langone Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, examined 137 people (aged toddler to adult) who had severe epilepsy.

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