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Sampling of Electronic Medical Records Predicts Hospital Mortality

  Validated system for monitoring electronic health records in real time predicts patients at a higher risk for mortality, according to new report published in The American Journal of Medicine Hospitalized patients can deteriorate quickly, requiring prompt identification and treatment, especially since each hour of treatment delay can increase the risk of mortality. In a […]

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Fatality Risks on the Road and in Space

On February 1, 2013, millions of Americans commemorated the 10-year anniversary of the loss of Space Shuttle Columbia and its 7-member crew. Much less visible, however, was the 10-year anniversary of the 122 automobile crash deaths that also occurred in the United States on February 1, 2003.1 Space travel and road travel do not pose competing risks and […]

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Why P Is Not Perfect

In a recent meta-analysis regarding the effects of statins on mortality, Ray et al(1) wrote “there is no evidence for the benefit of statin therapy on all-cause mortality in a high-risk primary prevention setup.” The author’s conclusion (based on a risk ratio of 0.91; 95% confidence interval, 0.83-1.01; P≥.05) is emblematic of a growing trend: […]

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