Patients admitted to the hospital ward sometimes get sicker instead of getting better right away.  Often this can happen acutely. Depending on the circumstances, ranging from a "rapid response" for unstable vital signs to a cardiac arrest (a "code”), previously uninvolved hospital staff might be called on to help.  Despite the commotion, these events are a period of time for the health care team to shine.  At inpatient emergencies, ...

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Direct-to-consumer genetic testing is increasingly available to the general public. Reduced cost and ease of testing make this service easy and seemingly harmless. For less than $100 and without even having your blood drawn (a saliva sample is sufficient), a private company promises to provide you with information about your ancestry and your health. However, undergoing genetic testing of any kind is not a trivial decision. It is not like having ...

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