Top stories in health and medicine, December 17, 2012

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1. EHRs May Turn Small Errors Into Big Ones. As electronic health record systems become more interconnected, errors may propagate much farther than under old paper-based systems.

2. Aging Doctors Come Under Greater Scrutiny. A distinguished vascular specialist in his 80s performs surgery, then goes on vacation, forgetting he has patients in the hospital; one subsequently dies because no doctor was overseeing his care.

3. Syncope-Related Risk of Death Linked to Age. Compared with those younger and older, people between 25 and 75 have the greatest risk of death and adverse cardiovascular events in the short- and long-term following a first-time syncope episode.

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