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

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1. Abbreviated Radiotherapy Shows Promise in Prostate Ca. Dramatically condensing radiation treatment for early prostate cancer into just five fractions produces good results without much toxicity.

2. Child Abuse in One Year Costs Billions in Long Run. The lifetime costs — including healthcare, lost productivity, and criminal justice costs — of all the children abused in the U.S. over a single year total up to $124 billion.

3. Hidden Afib Common in Stroke of Unknown Cause. One patient in five with an unexplained stroke or transient ischemic attack has occult paroxysmal atrial fibrillation episodes on subsequent monitoring.

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