Top stories in health and medicine, September 10, 2012

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1. Biomarkers May Refine Thyroid Cancer Diagnosis. A three-step genetic analysis of thyroid nodule tissue, obtained by fine needle aspiration, could improve the diagnosis of cancer.

2. Steroids, Renal Disease Hike CV Risk in Lupus. Factors associated with the metabolic syndrome in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) include kidney involvement, the use of higher dose corticosteroids, and ethnicity.

3. Anatomy of an Epidemic: The Opioid Movie. Driving home from a hunting trip in 2008, Johnny Sullivan called his wife to say he was having trouble staying awake.

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