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Shorter telemedicine visits for respiratory tract infections associated with antibiotic prescribing

The study of a direct-to-consumer telemedicine service found that visits for respiratory tract infections resulted in antibiotic prescriptions 67% of the time, nonantibiotics 13% of the time, and no prescription 20% of the time.

ACP joins effort to combat antibiotic resistance

The AMR Challenge calls on medical organizations, governments, and private industry to commit to taking actionable steps to combat antibiotic resistance around the world.

Use of newer combined hormonal contraceptives may be associated with reduced ovarian cancer risk

The risk reduction was greater with increasing duration of use and persisted for several years after discontinuation, although there was no observed effect with use of progestogen-only products.

MKSAP Quiz: 1-year history of headaches, redness, itching

An 81-year-old woman is evaluated for a 1-year history of headaches, redness of the face, and itching. She has hypertension and takes hydrochlorothiazide. Blood pressure is 160/90 mm Hg, BMI is 19, and abdominal examination shows splenomegaly. After laboratory studies, what is the most appropriate diagnostic test to perform next?

FIT screening may not be the best method to find right-sided cancers, study indicates

An accompanying editorial noted that fecal immunochemical testing (FIT) may be less effective in the right colon in part because lesions grow more rapidly and bleed less.

ACP offers videos, resources to improve patients' health literacy

Low literacy has been linked to higher rates of hospitalization and less frequent use of preventive services, both of which are associated with higher health care costs.

Put words in our mouth

ACP Internist Weekly wants readers to create captions for our new cartoon and help choose the winner. Pen the winning caption and win a $50 gift certificate good toward any ACP product, program, or service.