ACP Internist® Weekly
Welcome to this week's issue of ACP Internist Weekly, an update for internists published every Tuesday by the American College of Physicians.
In the News for the Week of July 26, 2016
Exercise appears as effective as surgery for middle-aged patients with meniscal tear
At 3 months, muscle strength had improved more in the exercise group than in the surgery group, and there was no clinically relevant difference in knee pain, other symptoms, function in sport and recreation, and knee-related quality of life, researchers found. More...
Buprenorphine implant may improve opioid abstinence over daily sublingual buprenorphine
An industry-funded study compared 6-month buprenorphine implants with daily sublingual buprenorphine in 177 opioid-dependent outpatients. More...
MKSAP Quiz: evaluation for very dry, painful hands
A 34-year-old woman is evaluated for very dry, painful hands. She works in a daycare center and washes her hands 15 to 20 times daily, often for 2 to 3 minutes at a time. She has been applying lotion multiple times daily with no relief of the pain. She has a history of obsessive-compulsive disorder and takes no medications. In addition to decreasing the frequency of hand washing, what is the most appropriate therapy? More...
Nasal saline irrigation, but not steam inhalation, modestly effective for chronic sinusitis, study finds
Compared to those who did not use nasal irrigation, those who did were more likely at 6 months to report that they would not visit a doctor for subsequent sinus symptoms, less likely to report headache at 3 months, and less likely to use over-the-counter medications. More...
New ACP resources available for the 2016 election
Resources on health care topics that have the potential to gain attention during the 2016 presidential election offer a breakdown on critical issues, a detailed description of ACP's policy on each issue, and questions to consider while evaluating the candidates' positions. More...
Collaboration is vital to mission of professional medical societies
Yul Ejnes, MD, MACP, continues his monthly column at KevinMD.com in a post about how a collaboration between full-time staff and volunteer leaders is vital to the mission of professional medical societies like ACP. More...
Cartoon caption contest
Vote for your favorite entry
ACP Internist Weekly's cartoon caption contest continues. Readers can vote for their favorite caption to determine the winner. More...
Physician editor: Daisy Smith, MD, FACP
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A 34-year-old woman is evaluated for very dry, painful hands. She works in a daycare center and washes her hands 15 to 20 times daily, often for 2 to 3 minutes at a time. She has been applying lotion multiple times daily with no relief of the pain. She has a history of obsessive-compulsive disorder and takes no medications. In addition to decreasing the frequency of hand washing, what is the most appropriate therapy?
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