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Autismribbon-052715.jpg Researchers are testing whether MDMA, the active ingredient in the drug Ecstasy, may be a useful treatment for social anxiety in adults with autism. The drug has previously been thought to boost confidence and heighten understanding of social cues, according to researchers from Stanford University and the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute.

Many freshman female students have experienced at least some type of rape, according to a new study. The study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, looked at 483 women who were a representative sample of the freshman class and who volunteered to partake in the study. The women filled out questionnaires when they arrived on campus and at the end of their fall semester.

Pinkribbon-052215.jpg Breast density may not necessarily indicate greater risk of developing breast cancer, according to a new study from researchers at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. For the study the researchers examined health records from 365,426 women aged 40 to 74 years who had 831,455 total digital mammograms.

Insomniacs may have a lower tolerance for pain than people who do not consider themselves insomniacs. Researchers at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Bergen examined over 10,000 adults who reported their sleep levels and perceived insomnia. The subjects then underwent a standard pain sensitivity test in which they had to hold their hand in cold water for a set amount of time.

pinkribbon-051415.jpg MRI technology may help predict breast cancer risk for some women, according to a new study from researchers at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and assistant professor at the University of Washington. For the study the researchers examined links between breast density and background parenchymal enhancement (BPE) and cancer risk.

Chocolate-051215.jpg Dark chocolate may help increase lifespan and overall alertness, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Arizona. For the study the researchers enlisted the help of 122 students, giving them either dark chocolate to eat or a placebo. They then tested all of the subjects using an electroencephalography (EEG) machine.

An increasing number of Americans are not undergoing recommended screenings for colorectal, breast and cervical cancers, according to a new report. The new report, published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, shows that in 2013, screening for the three cancers either dropped lower than previous rates or showed no improvement.

sun-050515.jpg Climate change from the effects of global warming is increasing the spread of Lyme disease as warmer weather is allowing for a wider time frame in which disease-carrying ticks can feed. According to a recent study published in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, researchers conducted an emergency analysis using observations of tick life-cycle behaviors.

AsianWomen-050515.jpg New research suggests that getting up and walking for two minutes every hour could help reverse the negative health effects from prolonged sitting. The study, published online in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, used data from more than 3,200 people who participated in the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

Urinesampl-143015.jpg A new urine test could help predict the likelihood of obesity, according to a new study from researchers at the Imperial College of London. For the study the researchers collected urine samples from 2,000 participants in the U.S. and the U.K., focusing specifically on metabolites in the urine. They found that there are at least 29 different metabolites detectable in the urine.

Sneeze-042815.jpg The FDA has issued a recall on several varieties of liquid Mucinex cold remedies. The recall was issued after it was discovered that drug ingredients listed on the front labels may not always align with the drug facts listed elsewhere on the label. The recall includes the products MUCINEX® FAST-MAX® Night Time Cold & Flu; MUCINEX® FAST-MAX® Cold & Sinus and others.

Tanning-042715.jpg New York State Attorney General Eric T. Scheiderman has filed suits against two indoor tanning facilities claiming that there is "nothing safe" about their services. The suits came down against Portofino Spas and Total Tan and he also plans to file suit against Beach Bum Tanning and Planet Fitness. "Make no mistake about it: There is nothing safe about indoor tanning."

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.

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.

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