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Headphones can interfere with heart devices-study

Headphones from iPods or other digital music players may damage hearing, but music lovers who have a pacemaker or an implanted defibrillator are better off keeping them in their ears.

Patients should not place the headphones, which contain magnets, in shirt pockets or drape them over their chest, lest they risk havoc with their heart-rhythm devices, researchers said on Sunday.

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Study: Blood Test Can Spot Risks for Heart Attack, Stroke

A highly anticipated study has produced powerful evidence that a simple blood test can spot seemingly healthy people who are at increased risk for a heart attack or stroke and that giving them a widely used drug offers potent protection against the nation's leading killers.

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New U.S. Rule Pares Outpatient Medicaid Services

In the first of an expected avalanche of post-election regulations, the Bush administration on Friday narrowed the scope of services that can be provided to poor people under Medicaid’s outpatient hospital benefit.

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TVNL Comment: Another part of the Bush legacy: bail out the rich, screw the poor!

Harvard Psychiatrists Hide Millions of Dollars Received from Drug Companies

A congressional investigation has revealed that a group of Harvard psychiatrists, instrumental in pushing the diagnosis of bipolar disorder in children and its off-label treatment with antipsychotics, concealed from university officials the millions of dollars they earned in consulting fees for the companies that make those drugs.

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Migraines linked to lower breast cancer risk: study

Women who suffer from migraines also seem to gain a much lower risk of breast cancer, according to a study released Thursday.

The study is the first of its kind to look at the hormonal relationship between breast cancer and the severe throbbing headaches that can cause vomiting, nausea and sensitivity to light, sound and smells.

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Probiotics 'may stop pneumonia'

Probiotics could be used to protect critically ill patients from developing pneumonia, according to scientists.

The friendly bacteria can block the colonisation by dangerous bugs of the airways of ventilated patients, the Swedish study concluded.

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A cancer patient's genome decoded for first time

Scientists for the first time have decoded the entire genome of a cancer patient, identifying a series of genes never before linked to the type of white blood cell cancer that ultimately killed the woman.

The study, published on Wednesday in the journal Nature, represents a new approach to grasp the genetic underpinning of cancer and pave the way for better treatments

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