Top stories in health and medicine, October 17, 2012

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1. Routine Physicals Don’t Save Lives. Patients who had regular general health checkups died of cardiovascular disease and cancer at virtually the same rate as those who did not have checkups.

2. Cranberries of Little Help in Preventing UTI. Cranberry products were no more effective at preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs) than a range of other treatments in most populations.

3. Meningitis Outbreak: Feds Raid Compounding Pharmacy. The CDC is reporting 19 additional cases of fungal meningitis associated with a contaminated steroid made by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, Mass.The CDC is reporting 19 additional cases of fungal meningitis associated with a contaminated steroid made by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, Mass.

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