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    Steve Jobs Taking Medical Leave From Apple

    CEO of Apple Says His Health-Related Issues Are 'More Complex' Than He Originally Thought
    WebMD Health News
    Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

    Jan. 14, 2009 -- Steve Jobs today announced that he is taking a medical leave of absence until the end of June from his role as Apple's chief executive officer in order to focus on his health.

    In a brief letter posted on Apple's web site, Jobs states that "during the past week I have learned that my health-related issues are more complex than I originally thought." The letter doesn't provide any details about Jobs' health.

    On Jan. 5, Jobs posted a note saying that he was being treated for a "hormonal imbalance." And neither letter refers to the pancreatic tumor that Jobs had surgically removed in 2004. Jobs has previously said that that tumor was a very rare form of pancreatic cancer called an islet cell neuroendocrine tumor.

    In today's letter, Jobs states that "the curiosity over my personal health continues to be a distraction not only for me and my family, but for everyone else at Apple as well" and that he's taking the medical leave "in order to take myself out of the limelight and focus on my health, and to allow everyone at Apple to focus on delivering extraordinary products."

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