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NIH emerges with new emergency medicine research hub

When a patient sits clutching his chest in pain in the emergency room, the doctor on call must think with razor-sharp focus to create a treatment plan immediately. The usual clinical suspects, such as heart attack or lung collapse, bear consideration. But anyone in emergency medicine research knows possible culprits vary widely and span the body’s organs. Unfortunately, research in this area has traditionally been spotty and uncoordinated — but perhaps not for much longer, thanks to the formation of a new Office of Emergency Care Research (OECR) unveiled earlier today by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). 


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