Top stories in health and medicine, December 13, 2012

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1. Primary Care Docs Can Help Keep Kids Off Cigarettes. Behavioral interventions either directly or indirectly involving primary care providers appeared to be effective in preventing children and teens from taking up smoking.

2. ICP Alternative OK to Guide Care of Brain Injury. In patients with traumatic brain injury, monitoring intracranial pressure to help guide therapy has been the standard of care – but on the basis of limited evidence.

3. Anticoagulants Perform Well in ‘Real World’. Postmarketing experiences with two recently approved oral anticoagulant drugs, rivaroxaban (Xarelto) and dabigatran (Pradaxa), largely match the outcomes reported from the products’ registration trials.

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