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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.
  • Inflammatory Myopathy Mortality Highest in First YearPatients with newly diagnosed idiopathic inflammatory myopathy had threefold increased mortality, and death risk was highest during the first year after diagnosis, a 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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