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More than half of people taking statins may have suboptimal improvement in LDL cholesterol

There was a significantly increased risk of coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, and cardiovascular disease-related death in patients with a suboptimal response to statins compared with those with an optimal response.

Kidney failure, CV events lower with canagliflozin than placebo, industry study finds

The trial was stopped early after an interim safety analysis found significantly better renal and cardiovascular outcomes among type 2 diabetes patients randomized to canagliflozin than those assigned to placebo.

MKSAP Quiz: 3-year history of fatigue

A 36-year-old woman is evaluated for a 3-year history of fatigue that worsens after activity and does not improve with rest. She also notes intermittent diffuse myalgia and arthralgia, constipation, dizziness, headaches, urinary urgency, memory problems, and paresthesias. Following a physical exam and lab studies, what is the most appropriate diagnostic test to perform next?

New ACP paper offers recommendations to strengthen the Affordable Care Act

Recommendations of the paper published in Annals of Internal Medicine include stabilizing the health insurance market, expanding Medicaid, increasing competition in the marketplace, and amplifying awareness about how the ACA works.

Internal medicine interns spend only 13% of workday on direct patient care

A study found that an average of 66% of interns' days were spent on indirect patient care (mostly charting and documentation), showing that “internal medicine is now indeed a trade practiced before a computer screen,” an editorial said.

New Curbsiders podcast episode: Complexities of rheumatoid arthritis

ACP President Robert M. McLean, MD, FACP, is featured on the latest episode of The Curbsiders, a podcast hosted by internists focusing on internal medicine-related topics that offers CME credit and MOC points to ACP members.

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