Top stories in health and medicine, January 24, 2013

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1. ACOG Takes on Sexual Coercion. Clinicians need to offer “discreet and confidential contraception” to patients who have been coerced into pregnancy by intimate partners because of a “known link” between such coercive behavior and violence.

2. J&J Projects 37% Revision Rate for Hip Implants. An internal study by Johnson & Johnson into failure rates of its now-recalled ASR-XL hip implant device projected that 37% of the implants would need to be revised in less than 5 years, court documents indicated.

3. Medicare Readmissions Common, Diagnoses New. Readmissions following hospitalizations for heart failure, acute MI, and pneumonia are common among Medicare beneficiaries, but they arise from many different diagnoses.

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