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Mandatory community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) protocol usage was proposed in our community-based teaching hospital because of senior medical staff perceptions that excessive variation in CAP care was adversely affecting clinical outcomes and costs. The purpose of our study was to examine CAP process of care variation, outcomes, and costs to ascertain whether(More)
Given the same reproductive span, more children with shorter interbirth intervals and less parental attention per child should not do as well. There should be intermediate optima in family sizes, but only two studies have demonstrated optima. The goal here is to determine whether the relationship between fitness and fertility is linear and whether this(More)
ii DEDICATION This work is dedicated to my late father-in-law, Isack Kaburia M'Nkanata. iii ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS I would like to express my gratefulness to a number of entities for their contribution to the success of this work but before that, I want to thank Dr. Jackin Nanua and Linda Warmsley for facilitating my entry into the LSU graduate school. Then(More)
The American Cancer Society predicts that 1,665,540 people will be diagnosed with cancer, and 585,720 people will die from cancer in 2014. One of the most common types of cancer in the United States is skin cancer. Melanoma alone is predicted to account for 10,000 of the cancer related deaths in 2014. As a highly mobile and aggressive form of cancer,(More)
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