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The following articles are abstracted in the May/June 2003 issue of ACP Journal Club. The declarative title of each abstract as published in ACP Journal Club precedes the article citation.


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The long-term prognosis, measured by health status, disease process, and damage, is variable in early rheumatoid arthritis


Activated protein C was cost-effective for prolonging survival in a subgroup of patients with severe sepsis


Review: Elevated homocysteine levels are modestly associated with increased ischemic heart disease and stroke risk

Review: MTHFR TT genotype increases risk for coronary heart disease

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