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Welcome to this week's issue of ACP HospitalistWeekly, an update for hospitalists published every Wednesday by the American College of Physicians.
In the News for the Week of December 11, 2013
New oral anticoagulants better on balance than warfarin, meta-analysis suggests
In patients with atrial fibrillation, the advantages of all 4 new oral anticoagulants over warfarin seem to outweigh the risks, a new meta-analysis found. More...
Shorter treatment with acetylcysteine for acetaminophen poisoning may have advantages
Reducing the duration of acetylcysteine treatment for acetaminophen poisoning lowered the occurrence of vomiting and anaphylactoid reactions, a new study found. More...
Elevated heart rate at discharge may be associated with death, readmissions in heart failure patients
Heart failure patients with elevated heart rates at hospital discharge may be at higher risk for all-cause and cardiovascular mortality and for 30-day readmission for heart failure and cardiovascular disease, according to a new study. More...
PCI offers no benefit when added to medical therapy, compares unfavorably to CABG, meta-analyses find
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) offered no benefit over medical therapy in one new meta-analysis and was outperformed by coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) in another. More...
Red blood cell transfusions in heart disease patients should be limited to cases of severe anemia, ACP recommends
Red blood cell transfusions should be restricted to cases of severe anemia in patients with heart disease, the American College of Physicians recommended in a clinical practice guideline published in Annals of Internal Medicine. More...
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ACP HospitalistWeekly wants readers to create captions for our new cartoon and help choose the winner. Pen the winning caption and win a $50 gift certificate good toward any ACP product, program or service. More...
Physician editor: James S. Newman, MD, FACP
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