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June 24th, 2010
05:27 PM ET

Calls effective reminders for colon screenings

By Georgiann Caruso
CNN Medical Associate Producer

Short, low-cost, automated telephone calls are an effective way to remind people over 50 to get screened for colon cancer. Researchers use the phone reminders to encourage people to get screened for screenings anually through fecal ocult blood testing. That's according to a study from Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research that was funded by the National Cancer Institute, which looked at almost 6,000 people of average risk, meaning they did not have a history of colon cancer in their family. The study found that the calls increased screening rates by 30 percent.

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in the U.S. but early detection and treatment reduce the chance of dying.

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June 24th, 2010
04:15 PM ET

Study: No link for childhood cancers, cell phone towers

By Ann J. Curley
CNN Medical News Assignment Manager

A new British study finds no connection between early childhood cancer risk and pregnant mothers' exposure to cell phone towers. The study is published in the June 24 edition of the British Medical Journal.

The BMJ article notes that cell phone use in the U.K. has grown tremendously - from just under 9 million connections in 1997 to almost 74 million in 2007 - and worldwide there are over 4 billion cell phone connections.

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June 24th, 2010
03:39 PM ET

Study: Older folks swinging their way to STDs

By Caitlin Hagan
CNN Medical Associate Producer

Sexually transmitted infections are probably not what most older Americans anticipate dealing with as they age. Yet they're becoming an unfortunate reality for some in the over-45 crowd. A study published in the British Medical Journal finds that older "swingers,"  - the term the researchers used - are at high risk for chlamydia and gonorrhea, two of the most common sexually transmitted infections. The infection rates among older study subjects were nearly as high as in other high-risk populations, including men who have sex with men and young people.

The study authors defined swingers as "heterosexual couples who are practising mate swapping, group sex, [or who] visit sex clubs for couples." While it sounds obvious that this lifestyle puts people at higher risk for sexually transmitted infections, the concern is that because older people are not as well educated about sexually transmitted diseases as their younger partners, they don't regularly practice safe sex or get regular screenings to detect infections.

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June 24th, 2010
11:21 AM ET

Whooping cough is epidemic in California

By Elizabeth Landau
CNN.com Health Writer/Producer

The highly contagious disease whooping cough has reached an epidemic level in California, state officials say, according to CNN affiliate KTLA.

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June 24th, 2010
11:03 AM ET

Why am I mixing up my words? Is this a learning disability?

As a feature of CNNhealth.com, our team of expert doctors will answer readers' questions. Here's a question for Dr. Gupta.

From Matthew, Mount Laurel, New Jersey

"I'm 45. Don't smoke, drink. Married since '93. Have 11-year-old sons, both diagnosed with Asperger's but mainstream and doing fine. Over the past year or so, I've caught myself saying a similar word to the one I'm thinking. Talking about pouring a "box" instead of bowl of cereal. Calling the boys down for "breakfast" instead of dinner. Reminding them to eat their "hot dog'"when they're clearly holding a hamburger. My family notes when this happens and it's worrying me. My wife (a special ed teacher) believes it's a learning disability and it's just becoming more pronounced as I age. I did go to speech lessons in elementary school. Does this sound like anything to look into?"

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June 24th, 2010
10:50 AM ET

Historic match takes physical, mental toll

By John Bonifield
CNN Medical Producer

The longest tennis match in history resumed this morning.

Wednesday evening Nicolas Mahut and John Isner finally got a break on the Wimbledon court when the sun went down. The two tennis players had been battling each other for the win for 10 hours.

“I’ve seen some long matches, but never to that extent,” says Dr. Gary Wadler, a former physician with the U.S. Open Tennis Championships for 11 years. “It underscores how fit someone has to be to play at high-level tennis.”

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