Top stories in health and medicine this morning, February 8, 2012

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1. Aspirin, Plavix Not Good Stroke Prevention Combo. Combining clopidogrel (Plavix) with aspirin did not prevent recurrent stroke deep in the brain, and even increased the risk of bleeding and death.

2. Wii Helps Arms, Heart in Stroke Patients. A short but intense Wii-based program not only improved physical function in stroke patients, but added a beneficial cardiovascular challenge.

3. Guideline: Diabetes Treatment Should Start with Metformin. Metformin should be the first drug of choice in oral therapy for type 2 diabetics who don’t respond to diet and lifestyle changes.

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