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Firearm-related Hospitalizations Track Ups & Downs of US Stock Market

Over 2001-2011, the national incidence of firearm-related hospitalizations has closely tracked the national stock market performance, suggesting that economic perturbations and resultant insecurities might underlie the perpetuation of firearm-related injuries, according to a new study published in The American Journal of Medicine. Although the fatality rates have remained stable over the last two decades, the […]

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Mortality Rate in Type 2 Myocardial Infarction

Mortality Rate in Type 2 Myocardial Infarction: Observations from an Unselected Hospital Cohort Mortality in patients with type 2 myocardial infarction is high, reaching nearly 50 %. The excess mortality in type 2 myocardial infarction is likely caused by the nature of the myocardial infarction rather than patient co-morbidity. Background The classification of myocardial infarction […]

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The Immortality Myth

Dismissing the Immortality Myth: Improving Care and Incidentally Reducing Costs Is our “death evasion fantasy” driving up health care costs? Check out this provocative commentary from our May 2013 issue. -Ed. A major driver of health care costs that seems to be off limits for any discussion is the American trait of denying death, with […]

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Mortality from Homicide

Mortality from Homicide among Young Black Men: A New American Tragedy In 1925, in the classic novel An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser portrayed a poignant yet powerful picture of youthful loneliness in industrial society and of the American mirage that beckons some of the young to disaster. In 2012, an American tragedy of far greater […]

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The Fallen Soldier

Remembering the Fallen Soldier: John McCrae on Flanders Fields The name John McCrae is not one instantly recognized in the annals of medical history. Although a friend and colleague of such giants as William Osler and Harvey Cushing, McCrae’s contribution to history is the mournful poem In Flanders Field, which he wrote on a World […]

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