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ACP InternistSM - October 2008

Featured Articles

Two-pronged approach to attack prediabetes

Until recently, internists had very little guidance on how to treat prediabetes and reduce the risk of the full-blown disease. The most recent advice: Treat it early, with simple lifestyle changes.


Alaska primary care crisis the tip of the iceberg

When the safety net us already stretched, losing even one internist can leave a community in crisis.


Patients ban together to research conditions, themselves

The next wave of online patient web sites allow patients to compare treatments and results, pulling together data that looks and acts like a research study despite its source.


CMS demo aims to help seniors stay healthy, independent

CMS is partnering with private companies to address multiple health risk factors that contribute to senior's chronic diseases.



Editorís Note

A digest of this monthís issue, including Alaskaís shrinking primary care pool, the rising epidemic of prediabetes, and other issues of note.


Ethical Dilemmas

Considering a sexual relationship with a former patient, however brief the doctorís visit, raises issues after a romantic break-up.


Practical Genomics

Genes dictate which patients smoke, quit and die from the habit. Genomics can provide small victories that will make a difference in many lives.


Presidentís Message

Finding treatment for a broken leg while overseas offers a first-hand look at health care reform in America.


Washington Perspective

None of the presidential candidates are discussing health care cost containment, setting up reform as an issue doomed to fail after the election.


ACP Highlights

Whatís new in other College publications.


Practice Management

Practice Rx

Hospitals are working more closely with their admitting physicians to make them aware of the need for better documentation on pre-existing conditions.



ACPís Center for Practice Improvement and Innovation suggests simple tips for creating a more efficient practice and happier patients, in turn.


Staff Columns

Web Watch

Doctors who are also mothers compare notes on raising kids and saving lives at the Mothers in Medicine Web site.


The Campaign Trail

The presidential candidates are steering away from the abortion issue, but a ballot issue in South Dakota keeps the issue alive in voterís minds.


FDA Review

The latest recalls, warnings, label changes and approvals from the Food and Drug Administration.


National Trends

Arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions are the leading cause of limited activity among all adults. Second-most-common causes include mental illness (ages 18-44), cardiovascular (ages 45-64 and 65 and older).


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