Top stories in health and medicine, February 13, 2013

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1. State of the Union: Health Savings Proposed. Having wealthier seniors pay higher Medicare premiums and reducing taxpayer subsidies to drug companies are just a few of the ways the federal government can lower its healthcare spending, President Obama said during his State of the Union address.

2. No Tie Between Readmissions, Mortality. Readmission rates at nearly 5,000 hospitals over a 3-year period bore little or no relationship to 30-day mortality in Medicare patients with acute myocardial infarction (MI), heart failure, and pneumonia.

3. Folic Acid May Ward Off Autism. Taking folic acid supplements around the time of conception may lower the risk of autistic disorder in the offspring.

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