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New data on delta variant of COVID-19 and vaccines

Recent research found that the risk of myocarditis and both arterial and venous clots is higher with COVID-19 infection than with vaccine administration. Other studies show that the COVID-19 delta variant has been associated with reduced mRNA vaccine effectiveness (from 91% to 66%) and an overall increased severity of illness.

USPSTF lowers age for starting diabetes screening from 40 to 35 years

Primary care clinicians should screen all overweight or obese adults ages 35 to 70 years for diabetes and prediabetes and should offer interventions for those with either condition, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently recommended.

MKSAP Quiz: Evaluation for newly developed ascites

A 50-year-old man is evaluated for newly developed ascites. He has cirrhosis due to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. Following a physical exam and lab studies, what is the most appropriate additional treatment?

Advance care planning among outpatients may improve with low-tech intervention

A randomized trial at primary and specialty care practices in Connecticut compared completion rates of four advance care planning activities in patients who received an internet- or telephone-based intervention assessing readiness to participate versus those receiving usual care.

ACP's D.C. office seeks applicants for spring 2022 Health Policy Internship Program

The one-month internship provides a multifaceted opportunity to learn about the legislative process, health policy, and advocacy in organized medicine.

Public comment period open for Women's Preventive Services Initiative

The comment period for several new topics—counseling for sexually transmitted infections, well-woman preventive services, and breastfeeding services and supplies—is Aug. 20 to Sept. 17, 2021.

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.