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  • Lithium in Drinking Water May Lower Dementia RiskHigher long-term lithium exposure from drinking water may be associated with a lower incidence of dementia, results from a large population-based study suggest.
  • Oral Contraceptives May Cut Rheumatoid Arthritis RiskCurrent oral contraceptive users had a 15% reduction in the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA); breast-feeding had no significant effect on RA risk, a Swedish study found.

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  • Who Needs the Relationship More: Doctors or Patients? A physician interviewed over 120 doctors and asked, who benefits most from the doctor-patient relationship: doctors or patients? There was surprising disagreement about who needs the other more.
  • Should Well-Wishers Urge McCain to Fight His Cancer? Friends and family commonly urge people with cancer to fight, but a commentary suggesting that friends shouldn't encourage Sen. John McCain to fight his cancer drew many opinions from physicians.

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  • Parkinson Disease Trials have found an increased risk for melanoma in patients with Parkinson disease, with one reporting a 4-fold increased risk of having preexisting melanoma and another reporting the risk to be 7-fold.
  • Case: Aged 20, No Longer Speaking? A 20-year-old man who no longer speaks is undergoing studies to clarify his condition. What is the most likely diagnosis?

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