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Mobile app increased screening rates, colonoscopy decreased mortality risk, studies find

Patients who used an iPad app had twice the colorectal cancer screening rates as those in a control group.

Temporary quadrupled glucocorticoid dose helps reduce severe asthma exacerbations, study finds

Forty-five percent of patients in a quadrupling group versus 52% of patients in a nonquadrupling group had a severe exacerbation in the year after randomization.

MKSAP Quiz: Exacerbations of heart failure

A 68-year-old man is evaluated at a follow-up appointment. He has a 7-year history of heart failure secondary to ischemic cardiomyopathy. Over the past 6 months, he has had three hospitalizations for exacerbations of his heart failure. He currently has exertional dyspnea while getting dressed, and his maximal activity level is limited to riding to the store with his wife but staying in the car. Following a physical exam and lab studies, what is the most appropriate management?

Opioids not superior to nonopioid analgesics for back pain, hip or knee osteoarthritis

There was no significant difference between groups in pain-related function, and while pain intensity was significantly better in the nonopioid group, the result did not reach a clinically predetermined level of importance.

Final reminder: ACP's Quality Payment Advisor helps clinicians navigate the Quality Payment Program

The program also assists with identifying quality metrics to report and the various ways to submit data to CMS.

Have a question for the Internal Medicine Meeting keynote speaker? ACP wants to hear from you

The questions will be discussed on stage during a question-and-answer segment of the Opening Ceremony.

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.