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ACP presses its case on the HillACP presses its case on the Hill
“Who’s taking care of America?” Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) joked upon entering his Capitol Hill office on Wednesday and finding it crowded to capacity with internists. The College’s annual Leadership Day, its largest ever and held for the first time during Internal Medicine week, brought more than 500 physicians to Capitol Hill to lobby their elected representatives in person.

Worry when prostate cancer tissue reaches the pathologist
Better detection of prostate cancer means that diagnosis has become inevitable in most men, reported Oliver Sartor, MD, of Tulane University.

Managing cardiovascular risk factors in different racial, ethnic groupsManaging cardiovascular risk factors in different racial, ethnic groups
Based on existing research, how should you treat an older hypertensive woman if she happens to be Hispanic? The same as any other hypertensive patient, said Michael J. Bloch, ACP Member, during his Thursday session “Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Cardiometabolic Risk: Lessons for Clinical Practice.”

ACP, ACP Foundation diabetes initiative plans for two more years
The Diabetes Initiative of the American College of Physicians and the ACP Foundation released new information on the first three years of its project to improve diabetes care primarily through special efforts targeting physicians’ practices.

Americans must consider cost and effectiveness when choosing medical interventions
ACP proposed a means to improve physician and patient access to and use of information about clinical and cost-effectiveness when comparing medical products, procedures and services.

Epidemic of kidney disease is increasing heart attacks, strokes
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is becoming more widespread, with increasingly dire consequences. The nephrology update moderator, Ronald Falk, FACP, will discuss the latest studies on CKD to provide internists with a rounded picture of the prevalence and risk of this serious disease.

Alarming data on MRSA shows new epidemic trend
The medical community knows that methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has long been epidemic in American hospitals. But new data foretell of a different kind of epidemic: MRSA is spreading to healthy patients outside of the hospital setting. Moderator John Bartlett, MACP, professor of medicine in the department of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, will discuss the latest available data on MRSA, avian flu, and other relevant topics at the infectious disease update.

'New' Fellow is 97 years old
Medical students who struggle to get through their training can take inspiration from Marie B. Webster, FACP. She paid her way through college during the depression, earned her medical degree during World War II, retired—twice—and at age 95 was elected a Fellow of the College.

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