Zhang and coworkers conducted a prospective study of 396 advanced cancer patients and their informal caregivers from enrollment to patient death a median of 4.1 months later to determine factors that affected quality of life at end of life. See the invited commentary by Zonderman and the editor’s note by Grady.
Amin and colleagues analyze the cost-effectiveness and risk of reducing the use of drug-eluting stents (DES) in patients at lower risk for target-vessel revascularization. Groeneveld, in his subsequent invited commentary, further explores DES use costs and risks.
Pattakos and colleagues compare the morbidity and long-term survival of Jehovah’s Witnesses undergoing cardiac surgery with a similarly matched group of patients who received blood transfusions. See commentary by 2458.
Odden et al examine whether the relationship between elevated blood pressure and mortality varies by objectively measured walking speed among a nationally representative sample of elderly adults. In an Invited Commentary, 2642 discusses gait speed as an important vital sign in old age.