Top stories in health and medicine, January 15, 2013

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1. ICD-10 First of Many Health IT Mandates. With 2013 barely started and the “fiscal cliff” debate barely finished, many doctors are worried about a “cliff” of a different sort that they will be facing a year from now — one dealing with information technology (IT).

2. Fast Foods Tied to Allergies, Eczema in Kids. Children and teens who ate fast foods multiple times a week were at an increased risk for severe asthma, rhinoconjunctivitis, and eczema.

3. Boards Agree on Social Media ‘Never’ Events. Posting drunken pictures on social media could get a physician in trouble, the same as other “online” behaviors that would spark an investigation if done offline.

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