Top stories in health and medicine this morning, May 24, 2012

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1. 9/11 Lung Effects Linger in Local Residents. Residents of lower Manhattan whose homes suffered damage in the 9/11 World Trade Center events reported respiratory symptoms even years later.

2. Sleep Apnea Hurts Kids’ Brain Function. Obstructive sleep apnea in children produces chemical changes in brain areas associated with learning, memory, and executive function.

3. Thiazides Best Only for Obese Hypertensives. Hypertensive patients who have a normal weight or who are overweight — but not obese — appear to be better off on a non-diuretic-based regimen.

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