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Internal Medicine 2013 Coverage

How to start and stop bisphosphonates

How to start and stop bisphosphonates

By Ryan DuBosar

A new online tool and a few simple rules can inform internists how to start bisphosphonates and when to consider taking a drug holiday at the request of another physician, a dentist or even the patient.

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Don’t be anxious about psychiatric diagnoses

By Stacey Butterfield

Tips can help physicians with the screening and treatment of mental disorders seen in primary care, including somatoform, bipolar and anxiety disorders.

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‘Party drugs’ require hard work to spot and treat

‘Party drugs’ require hard work to spot and treat

By Stacey Butterfield

Taking a history is important for identifying abuse of some drugs that aren’t caught by screening tests but may still have serious consequences for users.

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Making sense of movement disorders

Making sense of movement disorders

By Jennifer Kearney-Strouse

From uncontrollable urges to move to a struggle to make even basic gestures, movement disorders cover a wide range of problems.

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Contraception review offers solutions to a perennial problem

Contraception review offers solutions to a perennial problem

By Jennifer Kearney-Strouse

Half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unintended, a figure on par with developing countries. Women often think they are not at risk of getting pregnant when they most certainly are.

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President’s Message

Graduate medical education and the new accreditation system

By Molly Cooke, MD, FACP

Residency program directors serve an intimidating number of masters, leading them to worry about the “go-live” of the new accreditation system for graduate medical education.

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Washington Perspective

Firearms vote shows the worst of Washington politics

By Robert B. Doherty

Washington, D.C., politics has become so dysfunctional that the federal government is no longer capable of solving great problems such as firearms-related injuries and deaths, the federal deficit and debt fueled by unsustainable health care spending.

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Physician Profile

New ABIM leader looks forward to changes, challenges

By Stacey Butterfield

The American Board of Internal Medicine’s incoming president and CEO discusses his medical career and personal influences.

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Editor’s Note

Annual meeting coverage highlights physical, mental conditions

By Jennifer Kearney-Strouse

ACP’s annual meeting offered a large variety of learning and networking opportunities.

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Practice Rx

Begin to apply ICD-10 in real-life practice

Begin to apply ICD-10 in real-life practice

By Debra Lansey

CMS has begun to apply ICD-10 coding standards more concretely, such as adding them to future versions of its coverage policies.

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CPS Tips

Reducing the risks of opioid management

By ACP Staff

Patients with known drug-seeking behavior can be managed by establishing and closely following office procedures.

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FDA Update

More compounded products recalled, diabetes drug approved

More compounded products recalled, diabetes drug approved

By Stacey Butterfield

This regulatory update covers a recall of a compounding pharmacy’s products due to mold and approval of a sodium-glucose co-transporter for diabetes.

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College Watch

Governance Committee seeks Regent candidates for 2014

ACP’s Governance Committee is beginning the process of seeking Regents to join the Board in May 2014.

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Crossed Words

Toxic assets

ACP Internist’s puzzle feature challenges readers to seek answers to clues placed horizontally in rows to reveal an answer written vertically.

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Test Yourself

From the MKSAP case studies

From the MKSAP case studies

A 27-year-old woman is evaluated during a follow-up visit for high blood pressure that manifested 4 months after she began taking an oral contraceptive pill. Despite stopping the oral contraceptive pill, her blood pressure has remained high. Following a physical exam, lab results and a kidney angiogram, what is the most appropriate next step in management?

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