Top stories in health and medicine this morning, May 2, 2012

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1. Most ICD Patients Die of Heart Failure. Patients with implantable defibrillators (ICDs) or resynchronization devices with defibrillator (CRT-Ds) were most likely to die of heart failure or noncardiac causes, not sudden death.

2. Hospital Debt Collector Draws Scrutiny. Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) is calling for a full-scale investigation into the reportedly questionable debt collection practices of a company accused of harassing patients in emergency rooms into paying their bills.

3. Breast Screening in 40s Proposed Based on Risk. Breast cancer screening starting at age 40 may have an acceptable balance of risks and benefits for women with extremely dense breasts or a family history of the disease.

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