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VTE risk appears lower with transdermal vs. oral hormone replacement therapy

Nested case-control studies using two U.K. primary care databases found that oral hormone replacement therapy was associated with a significantly increased risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE), while transdermal formulations were not.

Updated ACP Ethics Manual addresses genetic testing, telemedicine, end-of-life care

The seventh edition of the ACP Ethics Manual reaffirms ethical tenets of medicine and reexamines their application in changing circumstances.

MKSAP Quiz: Evaluation for constipation

A 35-year-old woman is evaluated for constipation. She reports passage of hard stool every 3 to 4 days and associated bloating. Her symptoms have been present for more than 10 years and have progressed gradually. On physical examination, vital signs and other findings are normal. What is the most appropriate treatment?

3 common drugs associated with reduced risk of hospitalization and harm in serious mental illness

Statins, calcium-channel blockers, and metformin are globally licensed, commonly used, inexpensive, and relatively safe, and therefore “ideal candidates for repurposing” for mental illness, the study authors wrote.

ACP supports new CDC guidance for prescribing naloxone with opioids

Naloxone can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose if it is quickly administered.

ACP asks Nicaragua to respect physicians' duty to care for injured regardless of politics

Political unrest and violence in Nicaragua have reportedly led the government to impede the provision of care to wounded protesters, with physicians being subject to arbitrary firings and orders not to treat demonstrators.

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.