Lalani et al compare in-hospital and 1-year mortality with early surgery vs medical therapy alone in patients with prosthetic valve endocarditis. See also the Invited Commentary by Bolger.
Smith et al determine national estimates of disability during the last 2 years of life.
McCullough and colleagues compare major medical outcomes following treatment of osteoporotic
vertebral fractures with spinal augmentation or conservative therapy.
Andreoni et al determine the age at which renal transplant recipients are at greatest risk for
graft loss. Katz provides an Editor’s Note.
Chaudhry et al evaluate the monthly occurrence of physical and psychological
symptoms leading to restrictions in daily activities among older persons during the last year of
life and determine the associations of demographic and clinical factors with the occurrence of these
symptoms. Ritchie provides an Invited Commentary.