June 2009


Treat addicted patients for the long-term

Diagnosing addictions are often based on one question. An expert offers advice to make that one question count, and to move from diagnosis to treatment.

Spotting thyroid nodules entails history—of patient and art

An art masterpiece inspired goiters as a fashion trend in Baroque-era Europe, and in the modern age kicks off a discussion on diagnosing nodules that can be palpated in only 7% of women and 2% of men. An experts counsels how to detect them.

Correcting myths about pneumococcus, flu, zoster vaccines

Vaccines have an undeserved bad reputation, so a Master of the College promotes their use and discusses common errors in administration..

Predicting risk is next challenge in tackling breast cancer

Declining mortality from breast cancer creates a new problem. How will internists decide which patients will benefit from the new treatment and prevention strategies? Also, get an advance look what will influence the next 10 years of treatment.

Addressing drug interactions when their likelihood is ‘yes'

Once a patient is taking 10 or more drugs, they face drug interactions. Douglas S. Paauw, MACP, addresses the most common problems, including the details of grapefruit juice and statins, thyroid-replacement therapy, proton pump inhibitors and warfarin.

Leadership Day launches push for primary care

Whether they were catching a Congressman in the hallway or pleading their personal stories to legislators, participants in ACP's annual Leadership Day were united in the message to their state representatives: save primary care. More than 400 ACP members gathered in Washington, D.C., on May 20 to lobby their senators and congressional representatives on behalf of internal medicine.

Hunting for causes, cures and small game

D. Lynn Loriaux, MACP, talks about how he transitioned from forestry to husbandry to internal medicine, hiw skills at the trumpet, and searching for cures to endocrine diseases at the Institutes of Health.

Recalls target cold products, digoxin, defibrillators, diet aids

A summary of approvals, recalls, warnings and alerts.

In the News

The latest news and clinical studies affecting internal medicine, from the files of ACP InternistWeekly.

ACP Internist, ACP Hospitalist garner top awards

and have been honored with two national editorial awards from the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors.

Recapping the highlights of Internal Medicine 2009

ACP Internist digests the best of Internal Medicine 2009, including standing-room only sessions and the introduction of interactive coverage, including e-mail digests, blogs and Twitter.

Letters to the Editor

Readers tell the College about their fears and hopes for the patient-centered medical home, as others fancifully reimagine how health care could be reconstructed.

What's new in other College publications

What’s new in ACP Hospitalist and other College publications.

Sharing knowledge is part of a modern Hippocratic Oath

Recent scandals challenge physicians’ abilities to embrace the incredible volume of information information and translate new research into bedside practice.

Primary care gains ground but pay reform still up in the air

Politicians acknowledge needing more primary care physicians, but paying for it requires support from elected officials and from the College.

Prepare for Recovery Audit Contractors as they come online

Medicares new audit program is ramping up, and the College offers practical advice onhow to reduce the administrative cost of compliance.

Span gaps between physicians, patients

Use active lisenting, self-management and other communications tools to provide better care for patients.ment in medical practices.

Announcing the 2009 ACP National Abstract Winners

This year’s 2009 National Associates and Medical Students Abstract Competitions at Internal Medicine 2009 showcased more than 300 Associates and 80 medical students who presented their displays to a team of judges for review.

Obituaries

Robert L. Grissom, MACP; James R. Miller, FACP; and Walter L. Henry, Jr., MACP

MKSAP quiz: Treating an itchy rash on hands and arm

A 20-year-old male college student is having trouble sleeping because of an itchy rash on his hands and inner aspect of his arm.