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    WebMD Morning News Meeting: Measles, Melatonin, ADHD, and Autism

    10:00 a.m. EDT
    Monday, May 16, 2011

    Good morning from Atlanta. In the news today: More measles case reported, this time in California. A developing story that we are keeping our eyes on.

    Today we are reporting on a new class of drug that comes from melatonin and its analogues for the treatment of major depression.

    Coming Tuesday: Good news for men who drink coffee?



    ADHD Drugs Heart Risk: A large new study shows that children and teens taking ADHD medications are at no greater risk for heart problems than those who don’t take the drugs. Why It Matters: There have been case reports of ADHD drugs perhaps causing heart problems, but this study can help put parents’ minds at rest because there does not seem to be a high risk of such an association. Embargo: 12:01am Source: Pediatrics

    Melatonin Analogue for Depression: A new study looks at a new class of drug that comes from melatonin and its analogues. The research brings up the connection between sleep and depression.
    Embargo: 6:30 pm Source: Lancet

    Obesity Prostate Cancer Severity: Even when treated with hormone to suppress prostate tumor growth, men who were overweight or obese had a three-fold increase risk of cancer progression compared to normal weight men. Obese men had a five-fold greater risk for metastases. Source: American Urological Association meeting

    Skin Infestation: Many people visit dermatologists complaining of infestations, where they
    feel they are literally crawling with bugs, worms, or germs. Are the infestations real or delusional?
    Embargo: 4 pm Source: Archives of Dermatology

    Early Diagnosis Autism: From 2001 to 2005, early autism diagnoses (before age 3) nearly doubled in Massachusetts, to about 1 in 129 children, which correlates with the CDC rates, except these are notable for being early. It’s hard to say if the uptick in cases was because of better information for diagnosis, or if Massachusetts is doing something other states aren’t. Source: Pediatrics

    Nicotine Dependence: A new study looks at whether a gene might be responsible for increasing nicotine dependence. Could it take more than willpower to quit smoking? Embargo: 3 pm Source: PNAS


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