Top stories in health and medicine this morning, July 16, 2012

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1. Playing Sports Helps Teens Fight Fat. Team sports may fight weight problems better than other forms of exercise among high schoolers.

2. Tanking Economy May Mean Kids Suffer More Abuse. Rates of physical abuse and brain injury among the nation’s children have risen significantly in the early 21st century, and the recent economic recession and housing crisis may be a reason why.

3. Gait Problems May Presage Cognitive Decline. Abnormalities in walking are among the first signs of cognitive impairment and may even develop before such impairments are spotted on neuropsychological tests.

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