Medicine: Increasing the Risk

When the records of hospital patients are analyzed by a computer, the electronic brain sometimes makes surprising discoveries by collating and relating data that a human mind would take many years to process. This has happened in the Boston metropolitan area, where a Boston University team led by Dr. Hershel Jick analyzed the records of 25,000 patients admitted to 24 hospitals in 1972. The surprise finding, reported in the British medical journal the Lancet, is that women aged 50 or over who take certain types of medication to relieve mild cases of high...

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