Top stories in health and medicine, January 27, 2013

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1. Statins May Lower Death Risk in Liver Ca. Statin use seemed to reduce the risk of death in patients with hepatocellular cancer.

2. FDA Panel Votes for Tighter Controls on Vicodin. An FDA advisory committee voted 19 to 10 on Friday in favor of moving hydrocodone combination drugs such as Vicodin, Lortab, and Norco into the more restrictive schedule II category of controlled substances.

3. Chlorhexidine Baths in PICU Cut Infections. Scrubbing children in intensive care units with chlorhexidine daily cut the incidence of bacteremia by more than 35% in a randomized, crossover trial.

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