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Archive - September 2015


Rural Health

Improving rural health takes effort, energy

Improving rural health takes effort, energy

By Paula S. Katz

The need for improvements in the prevention of obesity and diabetes rates in poor and underserved communities has driven new outreach programs that range from smoking cessation in high school to dietary support in grocery stores.

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Women's Health

ACP revises advice on women's health

ACP revises advice on women's health

By Mollie Durkin

New guidelines that change the recommendations for practices such as pelvic exams are leading to changes in the mindsets of physicians and patients.

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Conference Coverage

Experts discuss crisis of antimicrobial resistance

Experts discuss crisis of antimicrobial resistance

By Stacey Butterfield

Experts are looking at ways to prevent the world's next superbug before it actually causes an epidemic.

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Advance Care Planning

A 2-pronged approach to advance care planning

A 2-pronged approach to advance care planning

By Terri D’Arrigo

With prior planning, physicians can ensure that their patients' wishes are followed at the end of life.

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Genetics

Taking the leap forward to precision medicine

Taking the leap forward to precision medicine

By Kathy Holliman

Genomic targeted therapies may finally deliver the full promise of knowing the family medical history or considering environmental factors during a clinical examination.

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Transitions of Care

Perfecting the post-discharge visit

Perfecting the post-discharge visit

By Charlotte Huff

Physicians and health care researchers are looking at the effectiveness of the post-discharge visit and how best to implement it for maximum results.

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Seizures

Internists likely to see unprovoked first seizure

Internists likely to see unprovoked first seizure

By Leah Lawrence

It's common for internists to see and receive referrals back for unprovoked first seizures, leading to considerations of treatment versus waiting.

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President's Message

‘Doctor, can I get an MRI?’ … Not so fast

By Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, MACP

ACP seeks to educate and encourage shared decision making with patients, rather than have physicians order screening tests out of habit.

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Washington Perspective

ACP advocacy is on a roll

By Robert B. Doherty

ACP has scored major victories in Medicare's proposal to pay for advance care planning, a grace period for converting to ICD-10 coding, and access to affordable coverage.

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Editor's Note

Rural prevention efforts face specific hurdles

By Jennifer Kearney-Strouse

This issue covers topics such as programs that improve rural health, effective advance care planning, and new tools such as precision medicine in clinical medicine.

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Practice Tips

Keeping practice data electronically secure is important

By Margo Williams

Data breaches are costly, but there are simple ways to bolster electronic security.

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FDA Update

Warning on NSAIDs; new schizophrenia drug approved

Warning on NSAIDs; new schizophrenia drug approved

By Mollie Durkin

This update covers a strengthened warning on NSAIDs and a new drug to treat schizophrenia.

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ACP's Centennial

1985-1994: Pharma and health care reform cause conflict

By Stacey Butterfield

Controversies about health care policy and pharma advertisements divided College leadership.

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Clinical Resources

Delving into DynaMed Plus

By Jennifer Kearney-Strouse

An evidence-based clinical information resource lets ACP members get fast, reliable information.

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College Governance

Candidates announced for Board of Governors Chair-elect Designee

Two candidates are seeking election as Chair-elect Designee of the Board of Governors.

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Test Yourself

From the MKSAP case studies

From the MKSAP case studies

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