Top stories in health and medicine, October 4, 2012

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1. Healthcare Takes Stage in First Debate. President Obama and Mitt Romney traded sharp jabs on healthcare in the first presidential debate Wednesday night, with each attacking the other’s plans on health reform and Medicare.

2. Interoperability Big Barrier for EHRs, Docs Say. The vast majority of clinicians believe electronic health records (EHRs) improve the quality of care, but nearly as many — 71% — cite a lack of interoperability as a major barrier to further implementation.

3. Short-Term Diets Can Have Longer Effects. Moderately obese patients who participated in a 2-year diet intervention — especially those on a low-carbohydrate or Mediterranean diet were able to maintain at least some weight loss and a lower lipid profile through 6 years.

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