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Archive - May 2012


Drug Shortages

Drugs come up short for doctors, patients

Drugs come up short for doctors, patients

By Charlotte Huff

Drug shortages, especially among injectables and cancer medications, have left physicians and patients alike wondering where their next doses will come from. Even simple antibiotics have become scarce commodities.

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Medical Education

Programs start early to promote health careers

Programs start early to promote health careers

By Stacey Butterfield

Rural facilities are recruiting their next generation of doctors early—from high school. They're offering paid, entry-level jobs to immerse the youngest scholars in a health care environment with the hope they'll pursue careers in the field.

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Travel Medicine

Bed bug infestations can bring itchy, stressed patients

Bed bug infestations can bring itchy, stressed patients

By Stacey Butterfield

A surge in bed bug infestations leads internists to look for warning signs: not just rashes, but recent travel, confirmation by an exterminator, and bullous reactions.

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Difficult Diagnoses

Undiagnosed diseases program tries to crack the tough cases

Undiagnosed diseases program tries to crack the tough cases

By Beth Thomas Hertz

When a condition stumps the experts, the experts turn to a center of last resort, the federal Undiagnosed Diseases Program at the National Institutes of Health. Medical teams take a “big picture” view and a fresh eye to pick up on what may have been missed.

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Practical Genomics

Genetic tests are being used more, and they're worth it

Genetic tests are being used more, and they're worth it

By W. Gregory Feero, MD, PhD

Molecular diagnostics tests could cost Americans $15 billion to $25 billion by the end of the next decade. Physicians believe the tests are warranted, although they're skeptical about costs and their ability to interpret them properly for patients.

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President's Message

Membership in ACP is no more important than ever

By David L. Bronson, MD, FACP

ACP's incoming president urges his fellow physicians to promote membership in the College—the “doctor's doctors” in internal medicine.

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Washington Perspective

States eye health care reform if federal law is overturned

By Robert B. Doherty

The Supreme Court is ruling on the constitutionality of health care reform, leaving states in the position of having to plan for any eventuality. Letting the states take the lead in health care reform remains a viable option.

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Editor's Note

Drug shortages cause scrambles in primary care

By Jennifer Kearney-Strouse

Physicians are prescribing drugs and dosages they normally wouldn't to fill the gaps in drug manufacturing shortages. Learn more about what the federal government is doing about shortages and what internists can expect in the near future.

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FDA Update

Warning about mixing protease inhibitors with statins

Warning about mixing protease inhibitors with statins

By Stacey Butterfield

This regulatory update includes a warning on combining protease inhibitors and statins, approval of an orphan drug, and steps the FDA is taking to increase the supply of cancer drugs.

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CPII Tips

New tool for Annual Wellness Visits

By ACP Staff

The Health Risk Assessment is a winning proposition for practices to incorporate into their workflow to offer patients a personalized preventive plan and specific action steps to take.

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Regents Nominations

Governance Committee seeks Regent and Treasurer candidates for 2013

By ACP Staff

The Governance Committee is beginning the process of seeking Regents and Treasurer to join the Board in May 2013.

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Consensus Points

ACP and ACR issue consensus points for mammography screening

By ACP Staff

A joint set of talking points outlines areas of consensus between the American College of Physicians and the American College of Radiology when it comes to discussing conflicting recommendations on mammography.

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From the MKSAP case studies

From the MKSAP case studies

A 24-year-old male truck driver comes for a routine examination in order to renew his commercial driver's license. The patient is asymptomatic. On physical examination, vital signs are normal. Dentition is poor. An oral mucosal lesion is shown. There are no oral masses or ulcers and no cervical lymphadenopathy. What is the most likely diagnosis?

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