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Today's Top Medical Stories for Monday, February 24, 2014

The American Academy of Pediatrics is suggesting new tests for kids at their yearly doctor visits and a warning about retail store clinics.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is advising families to steer clear of health clinics in retail stores.
The group believes the clinics do not provide children with the high-quality, regular preventative care they need.
The A-A-P advises parents to use a trusted pediatrician as often as possible and only use a retail clinic if it has a formal relationship with the child's pediatrician.

The A-A-P has also updated its recommendations for well-child visits.
They're adding depression screening for patients ages 11 to 21, cholesterol screening for kids ages 9 through 11, and HIV testing for kids in their late teens.
Under the Affordable Care Act, most health plans are now required to cover these services.

And a review of studies done since 2006 finds keeping the legal drinking age at 21 helps save lives.
The findings show the law is associated with lower rates of drunk driving crashes involving young people .
The lead researchers says the law works because, even though many young people break the legal drinking law, they don't want to get caught so they take fewer risks.


(Alison Harmelin for CBS News)


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