Top stories in health and medicine this morning, January 4, 2012

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1. Texting Boosts OC Compliance. A daily text message improved oral contraceptive pill use at six months.

2. Drug-Eluting Stents Lower Event Rates in Oldest Patients. In the oldest of patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention, adverse-event rates were lower with drug-eluting stents than with bare-metal stents.

3. Ablation for Afib Dogged by Complications. Catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation — with its promise of drug-free symptom relief and long-term outcome benefits — thus far has been hindered by high rates of periprocedural complications and a frequent need for rehospitalization.

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