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Death and Dignity: Exploring Physicians’ Responsibilities After a Patient’s Death

Literature focused on care at the end of life is flourishing. The scope of this work has been broad, including how to best communicate bad news1, 2 or discuss patient wishes at the end of life,3, 4 as well as detailing where patients are dying and how it impacts their care5 and the value of palliative and hospice care during […]

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Incidence, Frequency, and Clinical Characteristics of Type 3 Myocardial Infarction in Clinical Practice

Cardiac death in a patient with symptoms and electrocardiographic changes indicative of myocardial ischemia but without available measurements of cardiac biomarkers is designated a type 3 myocardial infarction. We wanted to investigate the incidence, the frequency, and the characteristics of patients diagnosed as type 3 myocardial infarction. Methods The occurrence of deaths in a well-defined […]

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Impact of Hyponatremia Correction on the Risk for 30-Day Readmission and Death in Patients with Congestive Heart Failure

  The study objective was to compare the 30-day readmission rate and mortality between patients with heart failure who have persistent hyponatremia during hospitalization and patients who have their admission hyponatremia corrected before discharge. Methods This large retrospective cohort study included all adult patients admitted with a diagnosis of congestive heart failure to a tertiary-care […]

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Moderate Alcohol Consumption Is Not Associated with Reduced All-cause Mortality

A large body of research suggests that light or moderate alcohol consumption is associated with reduced all-cause mortality. However, concerns remain that the observed relationship is due to selection bias, misclassification of ex-drinkers, or residual confounding. Methods The association between alcohol consumption and all-cause mortality was analyzed using Cox regression. The analysis was performed using […]

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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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