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(January 10, 2012 - Insidermedicine)

From Alabama - Marijuana smoke may not be as harmful as cigarette smoke, according to a report published in JAMA. Researchers reviewed data from a 21 year study following over 5,000 men and women. They found that long term cigarette smokers had significant decreases in air flow and lung volume, while occasional marijuana smokers did not suffer these same deficits.


From Wisconsin - 911 dispatchers can save lives by coaching CPR to bystanders over the phone, according to new resuscitation guidelines published in Circulation. The new guidelines recommend that dispatchers can greatly increase the 'chain of survival' among heart attack patients by assessing whether or not an individual has suffered a cardiac arrest, and then provide hand-only CPR coaching to callers.

And finally, from Pittsburgh - A novel drug combination may help prevent lung cancer, according to a study presented at the Molecular Origins of Lung Cancer: Biology, Therapy and Personalized Medicine conference. Researchers found that a combination of estrogen targeting drugs was able reduce lung cancer tumours in a mouse model with precancerous cells