NYTimes: In Wider War in Afghanistan, Survival Rate of Wounded Rises

This lead article from today’s Times is a great example of how positive deviance can make a story newsworthy. At least the lead is positive statistical deviance . . . Despite heavy fighting in Afghanistan, fewer wounded US soldiers are dying than in the previous two years.

But the kicker comes several grafs down. Of the wounded who survive, many more are missing one or more limbs, genitalia, or have significant brain damage . . . . Those who previously might have died.

An awful example of the old good news/bad news joke. The media give with one hand and take away with the other.

From The New York Times:

In Wider War in Afghanistan, Survival Rate of Wounded Rises

More helicopters, heavily armored vehicles and emphasis on the use of tourniquets have helped to save troops.

http://nyti.ms/dTHODy

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