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Beginning a Sentence, Title, Subtitle, or Heading 

Numbers and Percentages

Stephen J. Lurie

and Margaret A. Winker

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Use words for any number that begins a sentence, title, subtitle, or heading. However, it may be better to reword the sentence so that it does not begin with a number.Three hundred twenty-eight men and 126 women were included in the study. Better: The study population comprised 328 men and 126 women.   Participants: Seventy-two thousand three hundred thirty-seven postmenopausal women aged 34 to 77 years. Better: Participants: A total of 72 337 postmenopausal women aged 34 to 77 years.   Three patients were identified; 2 had hypertension and 1 had diabetes. Numerals may be used in sentences that begin

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