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Judge Says Alpna Patel May Not Be Retried for Second-Degree Murder

A judge yesterday ruled that a dentist accused of killing her doctor husband may not be retried on second-degree murder charges, saying an acquittal in a previous trial was valid, even though one juror changed his mind.<@SM><@SM><TAB>In February, a jury acquitted Alpna Patel of first-degree murder stemming from the March 1999 death of Viresh Patel, a surgical resident at Union Memorial Hospital.

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Anti-Nausea Drug Shows Promise

A drug used to fight nausea in cancer patients can help the most difficult-to-treat alcoholics significantly reduce their drinking, research suggests.<@SM><@SM><TAB>Success with the drug ondansetron comes amid a growing search for new medications to help treat a disease that affects some 14 million Americans.

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Mobile Phone Makers Will Place Radiation Labels on Phones in ‘01

<TAB>Mobile phone manufacturers plan to start labeling mobile phones next year with the amount of radiation they emit in response to concerns from consumers and organizations, leading producers said yesterday. <@SM><@SM><TAB>Finland’s Nokia, the world’s largest mobile phone maker, the United States’ Motorola and Sweden’s Ericsson are working on developing a standard for measuring specific absorption rates, a measure of radiation from cell phones.

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