Top stories in health and medicine, October 15, 2012

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1. More Zzzs Earn A’s for Behavior at School. A little extra sleep can make a big difference in kids’ behavior at school.

2. Fracture Risk Up for Elderly at Start of BP Tx. The risk for hip fracture is increased overall among older patients beginning antihypertensive therapy, particularly with beta-blockers and angiotensin II converting-enzyme (ACE) inhibitors.

3. Excess Mortality in MS Largely From Smoking. Much of the early mortality seen in multiple sclerosis patients is related to their smoking habits.

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