Top stories in health and medicine this morning, June 26, 2012

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1. H1N1 Pandemic May Have Killed Nearly 300,000. A new estimate places the number of people killed by the pandemic influenza A H1N1 strain worldwide at 284,400, about 15 times greater than the number of reported laboratory-confirmed cases.

2. Prevention Panel Tells Docs to Screen for Obesity. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has recommended that obese adult patients receive an intense, comprehensive, and multi-component behavioral intervention as part of weight-loss treatment.

3. Liability Claims Drop with EHRs. Switching over to electronic health records (EHRs) appears to dramatically cut malpractice suits.

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