Top stories in health and medicine this morning, March 26, 2012

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1. Cheney Gets Heart Transplant. Former Vice President Dick Cheney underwent heart transplant surgery Saturday.

2. Hospital Stay Worsens Memory in Elders. Elderly patients who are hospitalized are likely to experience worsening of overall cognitive decline, along with greater impairments in episodic memory and executive function.

3. Less Cervical Cancer Screening Passes Muster. A public health approach to cervical cancer screening in the Netherlands led to mortality rates similar to those in the U.S., where a “medical service” model incurred far more testing.

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