Top stories in health and medicine, February 14, 2013

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1. Disease Burden of New Virus Similar to Flu. Rates of hospitalization for metapneumovirus in children younger than 5 are similar to those for influenza, representing a substantial disease burden.

2. Blood Test May Show Memory Loss in Older Women. The blood of healthy postmenopausal women may offer signs of increased risk of small areas of brain damage, dubbed white matter hyperintensities (WMH), which have been linked to memory loss.

3. Too Much Calcium May Be Harmful for Women. Women who have a high intake of daily calcium may be at an increased risk of death from all causes, from cardiovascular disease, and from ischemic heart disease.

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