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Glucocorticoid injection provides only short-term relief from chronic low back pain

Patients who received a single intradiscal glucocorticoid injection reported positive effects on pain at one month compared with the control group, but the groups did not differ in low back pain intensity at 12 months and in most secondary outcomes at one and 12 months.

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MKSAP quiz: a 2-month history of a painless neck mass

A 44-year-old woman is evaluated for a 2-month history of a painless right neck mass. She is a lifelong nonsmoker. On physical examination, vital signs are normal. A 5-cm right anterior neck mass is palpated. The remainder of the examination is unremarkable. Following a CT and biopsy of a tongue mass found on subsequent testing, what study should be performed next?

Guideline issued on diagnostic testing for obstructive sleep apnea

Among other strong recommendations, clinical tools, questionnaires, and prediction algorithms are not recommended for obstructive sleep apnea diagnosis in adults in the absence of polysomnography or home sleep apnea testing.

ACP staff, leadership, members recognized with AAIM awards

ACP is pleased to announce that a number of ACP staff, leaders, and members have received awards from the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM).

PCMH recognition process becoming more relevant, less burdensome

Yul D. Ejnes, MD, MACP, continues his monthly column at about how the recognition process for patient-centered medical homes has evolved.

And the winner is …

ACP Internist Weekly has tallied the voting from its latest cartoon contest, where readers are invited to match wits against their peers to provide the most original and amusing caption.

Physician editor: Philip Masters, MD, FACP