Top stories in health and medicine, December 4, 2012

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1. Few Teens with Psych Problems Get Meds. Only about one in seven U.S. adolescents with a mental disorder reported being treated with a psychotropic drug.

2. Flu Season Arrived Early. The flu season is officially under way about a month earlier than usual, the CDC announced on a call marking the beginning of National Influenza Vaccination Week.

3. Endoscopy Overused in GERD, Internist Group Says. Use of upper endoscopy in gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) needs to be trimmed back — ordered only in a few other specific clinical situations, the American College of Physicians has urged.

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