Top stories in health and medicine this morning, February 9, 2012

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1. Fighters Need Padded Gear to Cut Head Injury. Rotational head injuries in fighting sports can be minimized if participants wear padded boxing gloves and headgear rather lighter protective gear or no protection at all.

2. Heart Failure, Fractures Linked. Heart failure appears to be associated with a greater risk of major osteoporotic fractures, independent of bone mineral density.

3. Soda Linked to Lung Disease. More bad news for soda lovers: in addition to obesity and heart disease, the sugary drinks may be tied to asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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