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People often do not have a choice when scheduling a hospital visit. If you do, however, a new study indicates that you may want to avoid scheduling a visit in July.

According to a study published recently in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, the so-called “July effect” – a phenomenon where teaching hospitals see a 10 percent spike in fatalities in July – is very real. Traditionally, researchers have attributed the July spike in fatalities to the fact that it is month when doctors-in-training begin their residency.

Although it seems reasonable to link the increased number of deaths to attempts by new doctors to, for example, perform surgeries, the study indicates that this is not the case. In fact, most fatalities are due to medical mistakes in prescribing and administering medications.

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