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June 20, 2011
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Olive Oil Protects Against Stroke. Consuming copious amounts of olive oil may dramatically reduce stroke risk for older adults, according to a population-based study.

Olive Oil Protects Against Stroke. Consuming copious amounts of olive oil may dramatically reduce stroke risk for older adults, according to a population-based study.

New Study Adds to Confusing Debate over Cell Phones and Cancer. A new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that cell phone radiation generally cannot reach the cells where most brain tumors are located (Pizaazz will comment on this study this Wednesday).

HHS Announces Initiative to Stimulate Adoption of EHRs in Minority Communities. The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health and Quest Diagnostics have announced a program in which Quest will donate electronic health record  software and services to physicians in small practices serving minority populations in Houston.

US Births Fall Again on Weak Economy. The United States birth rate apparently fell for a third year in a row, but the declines may have hit bottom, the CDC said.

Restrict Imaging Studies, MedPAC Says. The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has called on Congress to place restrictions on doctors who order substantially more diagnostic imaging services than their peers.