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Mayo Clinic Study: Cell Phones Safe to Use in Hospitals

ROCHESTER - Calls made on cell phones do not affect hospital medical devices, U.S. researchers published in the March issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Tests at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota showed normal use of cell phones, also called mobile phones, caused no noticeable interference with patient care equipment, they said.

Most hospitals forbid the use of cell phones.

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"Weekend Effect" Raises Risk of Stroke Mortality

TORONTO - Patients who have a stroke are less likely to die within the next week if they are admitted to a hospital on a weekday rather than over the weekend, neurologists in Canada report.

 

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X-Ray Screening for Lung Cancer May Not Save Many Lives

NEW YORK - X-ray screening for lung cancer may not save many lives, a team of U.S. and Italian researchers reported in a study that adds to a growing debate.

A type of X-ray called spiral CT, or computed tomography, can find lung cancer tumors when they are very small and easily removed, but it is not clear whether it is worthwhile to screen smokers and other people at high risk.

 

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Low-Dose "Pill" Reduces Ovarian Cancer Risk

HONOLULU - Oral contraceptives with low levels of estrogen and progestin reduce the risk of ovarian cancer even more than older versions of the "Pill", according to investigators at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu.

 

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Atkins Plan Favored in Study of Popular Diets

STANFORD - A study of four popular diets found that women put on the one with the least carbohydrates -- the Atkins plan -- lost at least twice as much weight as those on the others, researchers reported in a new study.

"Many health professionals, including us, have either dismissed the value of very-low-carbohydrate diets for weight loss or been very skeptical of them," said Christopher Gardner, assistant professor of medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center in California, lead author of the study.

 

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