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Report proposes new “vital signs” to measure the nation’s health

Posted May 27, 2015, 12:02 pm Gregory Curfman, M.D., Editor in Chief, Harvard Health Publications Doctors use vital signs as a relatively straightforward way to detect an illness or monitor a person’s health. Key ones include blood pressure, body temperature, breathing rate, and heart rate. A report from the newly christened National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) proposes using 15 “vital signs” to track how health care in the United States…

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