Improvements to treating depressive symptoms led to improvements in A1c levels and blood pressure in one internist's practice. A systematic, manageable approach exists to diagnosis and treatment.
Nearly one in eight women have chronic vaginal pain. Although there's a lack of regular training in internal medicine, the gold standards for diagnosis remain the history and physical, pH and saline wet mount, and a whiff test and biopsy (if indicated).
The medical community has made progress in palliative care, moving it from the end of the line to a part of a terminal illness' earliest aspect of care.
Any type 2 diabetic is eventually going to need oral medications, and some on oral medications may eventually progress to needing insulin. The regimens are complex and vary from patient to patient. Learn how to individually tailor such decisions.
Experts decry "death panels" as a step backward for the public perception of palliative care. Clarifying its scope would help the profession move forward, according to speakers at a recent conference.
Physicians may try to overcome their discomfort in talking about death by delivering an overly optimistic prognosis. But the eventual, inevitable decline may actually make the patient feel much worse. An effective strategy incorporates the patient's expectations.
Recalls, warnings, and approvals
President Obama and House Republicans have issued starkly different proposals on the future of Medicare and Medicaid.
Politicians have markedly disparate visions for the government's role in health care. The outcomes of the 2012 elections will have an impact on what eventually happens.A recap of events at Internal Medicine 2011 provide insights into clinical knowledge and the problems facing internal medicine.
The pressure is on to switch to version 5010, and the process will require identifying changes, testing transactions and minimizing disruptions.