Top stories in health and medicine, March 5, 2013

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1. Afib Linked to Cognitive Decline. Atrial fibrillation carries a significant risk for cognitive decline, even when stroke is not involved.

2. C-Section Rates Vary Widely. Cesarean delivery rates ranged from as low as 7% to as high as 70% at U.S. hospitals.

3. Many Docs Miss Test Results in VA’s EHR. About 30% of physicians in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health system participating in a survey said they had failed to notice important test results, sent via the VA’s electronic records system, on at least one occasion.

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