Top stories in health and medicine, October 16, 2012

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1. Life-Years Lost to Cancer More than 150 Million. Worldwide, nearly 170 million years of healthy life were lost in 2008 because of cancer.

2. Nobel Winner in Econ Changed Medicine, Too. The market design theory for which Alvin E. Roth, PhD, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Science on Monday has helped match residents with hospitals and kidney donors with recipients.

3. Meningitis Outbreak: 2 More Drugs Probed. Two other drugs made by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) appear to be involved in the fatal meningitis outbreak that has now claimed the lives of 15 people in as many states.

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