CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? Another study has found no evidence of a link between cell phones and brain tumors. The report, by the London-based Institute of Cancer Research and published last week on the British Journal of Cancer's Web site, found no increased risks of a rare benign brain tumor in longtime users of cell phones.

It echoed findings of a similar Swedish study published last year and of many other studies investigating a possible link between the phones and brain cancer.

Researchers questioned 678 patients with the tumor -- acoustic neuroma -- and 3,553 who did not have it, about their cell phone use. There was no increased risk of tumor associated with using the phones for at least 10 years.

Retrospective questionnaires are not considered the most accurate method of determining a link between behavior and disease. Several previous studies using more rigorous methods have also found no link.

Nevertheless, scientists have said it may not be a good idea for children to use the phones for long periods because their brains are still developing.

OIL'S WELL Scientists have just found out what gourmets have always known -- that there is something special about fresh extra-virgin olive oil.

As reported in the journal Nature, University of Pennsylvania biologist Gary Beauchamp analyzed freshly pressed extra-virgin olive oil. He found a chemical that acted like the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory painkiller ibuprofen, which is found in Advil.

Scientists increasingly believe inflammation plays a key role in chronic diseases including heart disease and some cancers.

-- From News Services