Inpatient Mortality Dropped With Model ID’ing High-Risk Patients

Use of an automated predictive model to pinpoint hospitalized patients at the highest risk for clinical deterioration reduced mortality and intensive care unit admissions, and shortened hospital stays, investigators report in a study published online today in the New England Journal of Medicine. However, the study’s lead author was quick to point out that the…Continue Reading

Mortality on the Decline in Vasculitis

In-hospital mortality rates for vasculitis have been declining over the past 2 decades, and to a greater extent than rates for non-vasculitis in-hospital mortality, a researcher reported. Unadjusted in-hospital mortality in patients with a primary diagnosis of vasculitis declined by 43% from 32.8/1,000 in 1998 to 18.7/1,000 in 2014 (PContinue Reading

Research published late this summer suggests that “newborn–physician racial concordance is associated with a significant improvement in mortality for Black infants,” i.e., when they received care from Black physicians. Lead author Brad N. Greenwood, PhD, an associate professor at George Mason University School of Business, took time to answer questions about this research. Did you…Continue Reading

Is global fertility really plummeting

When the BBC reported on the results of a new study on global population in mid July, the tone was alarmist. “Jaw-dropping” declines in births were foretold, while one of the study’s authors revealed worries about his daughter’s future in light of “enormous social change”. The study by the University of Washington’sContinue Reading

Post-PCI Mortality Higher in Blacks vs Whites, Comorbidities Aside

A combined analysis of 10 prospective trials, intended to shed light on racial disparities in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) outcomes, saw sharply higher risks of death and myocardial infarction (MI) for Blacks compared with Whites. The burden of comorbidities, including diabetes, was greater for Hispanics and Blacks compared to Whites, but only in Blacks were…Continue Reading