Top stories in health and medicine this morning, May 17, 2012

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1. Team Care Lowers ESRD Costs. A pilot program focused on collaborative care may improve outcomes and reduce costs associated with end-stage renal disease (ESRD).

2. Self-Management Program Flops for COPD. A clinical trial of self-management in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease was stopped early because of excess deaths and without a hoped-for decrease in hospitalizations.

3. Parent’s Income, Schooling Affect Kids’ Health. A higher income and educational level for the head of a household is associated with a wide range of health improvements for children.

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