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Today's Top Medical Stories for Friday, May 2, 2014

The CDC says hundreds of thousands of deaths could possibly be prevented each year, and a new study questions whether baby helmets really work.
Helmet therapy is a popular treatment option for babies with flat heads, but a new study finds the gear is not really effective. Researchers in the Netherlands found by age two… the skulls of babies who wore the helmets weren't significantly better than the skulls of babies who did not receive treatment for the condition. One in five infants develops a flat head as a result of sleeping on their backs.

A new government report finds up to forty percent of annual deaths from each of the five leading causes of death are preventable. The five leading causes of death in the US are heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke and unintentional injuries. The CDC estimates modified behavior - such as quitting smoking, and changing one's diet -- could prevent hundreds of thousands of those deaths every year.

And new guidelines from the American Heart Association say stroke survivors should control their blood pressure, cholesterol and weight… and exercise regularly to prevent another stroke. Those are some of the day's top health stories.

(Alexis Christoforous, CBS News)

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