Top stories in health and medicine, February 25, 2013

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1. Pediatricians: Watchful Waiting Best for Ear Infections. Stricter diagnostic criteria and broader use of observation to further rein in antibiotic prescribing for acute otitis media emerged in a revision of American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines.

2. Is Evidence-Based Medicine Only an Illusion? In a system where half of all clinical trials never see the light of publication, doctors are merely “imagining that we’re practicing evidence-based medicine,” says Ben Goldacre, MBBS, a British physician and science journalist.

3. Asthma Drug Curbs Chronic Hives. Symptoms of chronic idiopathic urticaria, or hives, in adults that did not respond to antihistamines were significantly reduced with omalizumab (Xolair).

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