Top stories in health and medicine, January 30, 2013

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1. Some SSRIs Tied to Heart Rhythm Problems. Citalopram and two other antidepressants were associated with prolongation of corrected QT interval — a marker of increased ventricular arrhythmia risk.

2. RUC Targeted at Senate Hearing on Primary Care. The nation’s primary care physician (PCP) shortage might be eased by requiring more transparency from the group that helps set Medicare pay rates.

3. Combo Therapy Shines in Colon Cancer. First-line combination bevacizumab and capecitabine therapy may be an optimal first-line treatment for metastatic colorectal cancer in treatment-naive older patients.

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