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When a death defies explanation

When a death defies explanation

A method for flagging mysterious illnesses may be a useful tool in the battle against bioterrorism.

Even before last fall’s anthrax attacks, physicians and public health experts worried about the nation’s ability to identify and respond to outbreaks of infectious disease. In response to a 1992 report from the Institute of Medicine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had begun a surveillance strategy to detect new and unrecognized infectious diseases.

The project, called...

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A tool for predicting mortality among older patients, across populations

Any one of 10 conditions—ranging from congestive heart failure to major stroke to diabetes—suggests that geriatric patients run a higher risk of dying within a year of being hospitalized, according to a Yale geriatrician. The list of conditions, said Sharon Inouye, M.D., associate professor of medicine and geriatrics, is not for application to individual cases. Instead, it should be used to make outcomes analysis...

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A better take on beta blockers

A Yale study has debunked the myth that beta blockers—prescribed following a heart attack to guard against future...

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An easier operation for kidney donors, laparoscopy still carries a risk

An easier operation for kidney donors, laparoscopy still carries a risk

When potential kidney donors meet transplant surgeons Marc I. Lorber, M.D., and Amy L. Friedman, M.D., many have...

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A new tool for autism treatment

Risperidone, an antipsychotic drug, has proven effective for the treatment of behavioral problems in autistic children,...

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Scientist sees a connection between endometriosis and tampon use, orgasm

Scientist sees a connection between endometriosis and tampon use, orgasm

Tampons and sex appear to protect women from endometriosis, a painful condition that afflicts about 10 million American...

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Et Cetera

Old drug, new treatment

A postoperative pain reliever has a new role in the delivery room, according to a study by Yale doctors. When diluted,...

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Employment and well-being

Being out of a job increases one’s chances of dying, according to a Yale scientist. “Employment is the essential...

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