Top stories in health and medicine this morning, June 18, 2012

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1. Pill Bottle Warnings Often Go Unnoticed. Those colorful warning labels on vials of medication don’t always capture a patient’s attention, especially if the patient is older.

2. Birth Control and ADHD Meds Top Rx for Kids. Prescription drug use in the pediatric population fell from 2002 to 2010, but the use of birth control and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications rose.

3. Women Have Higher Genetic Risk of Alzheimer’s. A major genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease – the E4 variant of the apolipoprotein E (APOE) gene — manifests itself more often in women than in men.

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