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Researchers from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital compared four measures of hospital-wide mortality provided by commercial vendors. "The results should not be interpreted as an indictment of any particular technique,” said Sharon-Lise T. Normand, HMS professor of health care policy.  “Rather, they call into question the concept of measurement of hospital-wide mortality, as four different methods yielded four different results. Thus, this may not be a good way to assess hospital quality.”

Mixed messages

Mortality rates are an unreliable metric for assessing hospital quality



Africa's savanna elephant (shown) is as different from Africa's forest elephant as Asian elephants are to mammoths, says a new study in PLoS Biology.

Seeing double

New study shows Africa has two elephant species ... and why that matters