Top stories in health and medicine, December 6, 2012

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1. Newer Gene Tests Spot More Fetal Problems. Genetic microarray testing may be a better means of prenatal screening for abnormalities than karyotyping, the current standard of care.

2. Diabetes-Statin Link Hinges on Risk Factors. Higher-dose atorvastatin (Lipitor) increased the risk of new-onset diabetes compared with lower statin doses, but only among patients who already had at least two risk factors for elevated blood glucose.

3. Primary Care Docs Know Little About Epilepsy. Many pediatricians and primary care physicians admit they aren’t familiar with important aspects of epilepsy or hold overt misconceptions.

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