Top stories in health and medicine, December 5, 2012

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1. Court: Off-Label Drug Marketing Is ‘Free Speech’. A decision by a federal appeals court this week could have a dramatic impact on the marketing of prescription drugs in America, potentially affecting patient care and everything from TV advertising to future government prosecutions which, in the past, had yielded billions of dollars in settlements.

2. Few IM Residents Headed for Primary Care. Even in residency programs focused on primary care training, most residents do not plan on pursuing a career in general internal medicine, opting instead to practice subspecialty medicine.

3. Long Drug Course No Help for UTI in Men. Longer-duration antibiotic therapy for urinary tract infection (UTI) in men had no impact on early or late recurrence.

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