Top stories in health and medicine, October 22, 2012

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1. Critically Ill Kids Often Get Drugs Off-Label. The majority of drugs used in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) are used in an off-label manner, exposing patients to medications that may not have been adequately studied in children.

2. Sudden Death: No Easy Answers on Screening Athletes. The high cost and low chance of reducing sudden cardiac deaths in athletes should sway the use of electrocardiograms (ECGs) in pre-participation physicals.

3. Meningitis Outbreak Slows, CDC Still Vigilant. The CDC is reporting only a single new case of fungal meningitis Sunday after days of double-digit increases in the nationwide outbreak.

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