Top stories in health and medicine, October 25, 2012

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1. Docs Feel Pressure to Give Addicts Opioids. A push to treat chronic pain and financial disincentives for treating addiction may pressure clinicians into prescribing opioids for patients who are already addicted.

2. ACIP: Pertussis Shots for All Pregnant Women. Pregnant women should be immunized against whooping cough at each pregnancy to protect their newborns from the disease.

3. Drugs, Ablation Equal in Paroxysmal Afib. Catheter ablation and anti-arrhythmic drug therapy are equally effective as first-line therapies for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.

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