Top stories in health and medicine this morning, January 6, 2012

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1. Increased Gout Risk With Diuretic Use Confirmed. Diuretics — a class of drugs known to raise serum urate levels — independently increased the risk for gout in patients with high blood pressure.

2. Vitamin D: Too Much May Erase Heart Benefit. Low levels of vitamin D may confer a cardiovascular benefit, but too much vitamin D may have the opposite effect.

3. Heart, Lung Exercise Best for Cardiac Rehab. Exercise that focuses on building cardiorespiratory fitness, rather than resistance or strength training, provides the best shot at reducing mortality.

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