Top stories in health and medicine this morning, April 5, 2012

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1. Statins Often Ignored After Surgery. The failure to restart statins after head and neck cancer surgery is associated with an elevated risk for death and other cardiovascular adverse outcomes.

2. Pneumonia Death Rate Drop May Not Be Real. An apparent decline in pneumonia mortality rates may actually reflect changes in diagnostic coding, rather than improvement in real-world outcomes.

3. Infection May Trigger Venous Clots. Infections preceded slightly more than half of hospitalizations for venous thromboembolism (52.4%) in a study of older individuals.

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