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Internal Medicine Alert – December 15, 2017

December 15, 2017

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  • Can Medical Therapy Improve Functional Mitral Regurgitation?

    Among patients who presented with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction and severe functional mitral regurgitation, mitral regurgitation improved in 38% of patients with medical management. Improvement in mitral regurgitation was associated with increased survival.

  • Is a Dabigatran Reversal Agent Effective?

    A pragmatic clinical study of idarucizumab for counteracting the effects of the oral anticoagulant dabigatran showed rapid and complete reversal of its effects in patients with major bleeding or urgent surgery, without any adverse safety concerns.

  • Fecal Microbiota Testing

    Researchers have determined that persons with diabetes or inflammatory bowel disease — or people who have received recent antibacterial therapy — may exhibit very different microbiota profiles. Unfortunately, no one really knows what these differences mean in terms of your overall health.

  • Zoster Vaccine Recombinant Adjuvanted (Shingrix)

    Shingrix is indicated for the prevention of herpes zoster in adults ≥ 50 years of age.

  • Clinical Briefs

    In this section: A new Parkinson's treatment, type 2 diabetes treatment, and morphine for dyspneic acute heart failure patients.

  • How Would You ‘Date’ This Infarct?

    The ECG in the figure was obtained from a 48-year-old man who presented to the ED with a three-day history of chest discomfort. It clearly shows evidence of infarction. How would you “date” the infarct?