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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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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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