ACP Internist - July/August 2010
Rheumatoid arthritis hurts the whole body
Taking care of a patient with rheumatoid arthritis involves a partnership between internists and subspecialists, agree physicians managing cardiovascular risks, cancer or infections.
Ethics in medicine
Doctors debate the ethics of assisted suicide
The medical community and the world at large are looking at how physician-assisted suicide is playing out in Washington, Oregon and Montana. Are these states a bellwether or a death knell for legalizing the issue elsewhere? And how should physicians respond when presented with such requests from their patients?
‘Year of the Lung’ draws attention to COPD, asthma
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is projected to be the third most common cause of death by 2020, but it is currently underestimated. This year’s American Thoracic Society meeting focuses on lung disease issues to bring them to the attention of the rest of the medical community.
Not sleeping but not sleepy with asymptomatic apnea
As many as 25% of apnea sufferers don’t complain of daytime sleepiness. Compliance is a problem because these patients may not see the value of treatment, according to researchers at the American Thoracic Society.
Recalls expanded on defibrillators, infusion pumps
Recalls, warnings, approvals and other regulatory news.
Systemic problems common with rheumatoid arthritis
A look at rheumatoid arthritis finds that its risks aren’t always recognized for the constellation of effects it can lead to.
Attribution error confounds a diagnosis after colon cancer
A rapid deterioration in mental status confounds doctors caring for a colon cancer patient admitted to the hospital for nausea and vomiting. An internist reviews the patient's history for the clue to the right diagnosis.
ACP can be a medical home for all aspects of internal medicine
Physicians with widely disparate backgrounds and interests can function together and share a passion for expanding primary care under the auspices of a patient-centered medical home.
Changing health care from the ground up
Health care reform will play out in doctors’ offices, not in Washington, D.C. Patients and physicians will determine how costs change in the upcoming years.
Help ACP determine Medicare’s physician service payments
ACP will invite randomly selected members to provide feedback that could influence Medicare reimbursement on services common to internal medicine.
A primer in safe vaccine management
Commonsense, easy-to-implement steps can be worked into a practice to ensure safety for patients, employees and the vaccines themselves.
ACP announces the passing of Winthrop Fish, FACP, and other members.
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