Inattention to catheters used often in ICUs can lead to serious infections. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Dr. Dan Shuman (right), who was recruited to the Ashland Health Clinic as part of its mission-focused medicine program, consults with a patient about smoking cessation. Peggy Lowe/Harvest Public Media hide caption

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In the U.S., hospitalized heart attack patients go home sooner than in other countries. They are more likely to return to the hospital within a month of being discharged. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Unlike the medical examiner's office in New Mexico, which routinely autopsies sudden or violent deaths, most U.S. hospitals perform postmortem examinations only rarely. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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