Top stories in health and medicine this morning, June 5, 2012

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1. Score Predicts Risk for Death in Heart Failure. A risk score derived from variables that are routinely gathered in the emergency department may help guide the decision to admit or discharge patients presenting with acute heart failure.

2. Kids Who Survive Cancer at Risk Later, Too. Childhood cancer survivors have nearly five times the risk for secondary gastrointestinal (GI) cancer as the general population, and that risk increases if abdominal radiotherapy was part of the initial treatment plan.

3. CT Overused to Test for Clots in Lungs? One-third of imaging tests performed to evaluate patients for possible pulmonary embolism may be unnecessary.

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