Top stories in health and medicine, January 2, 2013

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1. ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Bill Passes, Medicare Cuts Averted. The 26.5% cut in Medicare reimbursement mandated by the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula was averted in a literal 11th hour vote Tuesday in the House of Representatives.

2. AAP Releases New C. Diff Guidance. Even when infants have a positive test for Clostridium difficile, clinicians should search for other causes of disease.

3. AAP: All Work and No Play Bad for Kids. Recess during school offers children cognitive, social, emotional, and physical benefits they don’t get through academics alone.

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