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ACP Diabetes Monthly

Welcome to this month's issue of ACP Diabetes Monthly, an update for internists published by the American College of Physicians.



In the News for the month of November 2014




Highlights

Urine, blood glucose self-monitoring equally effective for new type 2 patients

Patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes had equal improvement in HbA1c whether they self-monitored by testing their blood or urine glucose, a study found. More...

Mortality rates may differ among sulfonylureas, meta-analysis finds

Among sulfonylureas, gliclazide and glimepiride were associated with a lower risk of all-cause and cardiovascular-related mortality than glyburide, a meta-analysis found. More...

EMRs could be used to help improve diabetes diagnosis, quality of care

Through accurate coding, electronic medical records (EMRs) may help improve diagnosis of diabetes and quality of care, according to a recent study. More...


Test yourself

MKSAP Quiz: Kidney testing in a type 2 diabetic

This month's quiz asks readers to evaluate a 67-year-old man following a recent diagnosis of type 2 diabetes mellitus. More...


From ACP Internist Weekly

Analysis finds several treatments for painful diabetic neuropathy more effective than placebo

A large meta-analysis recently compared the effectiveness of pharmacological treatments for painful diabetic neuropathy. More...


From ACP Hospitalist Weekly

Random or fasting glucose tests can target diabetes screening after MI

Random or fasting glucose measurements can be used to screen for diabetes in patients admitted for acute myocardial infarction, a study found. More...


FDA update

Glucose monitoring system approved specifically for critical care units

The FDA recently approved a new indication for the Nova StatStrip Glucose Hospital Meter System, extending its use to critically ill patients who have been hospitalized. More...

Combo of metformin and dapagliflozin approved

A once-daily combination pill of dapagliflozin and metformin HCl extended-release (Xigduo XR) was recently approved by the FDA. More...


Keeping tabs

Spotlight on metformin

Metformin—including its use, effects, and mechanisms—was the focus of some research published in the past month. More...


Physician editor: David V. O'Dell, MD, FACP



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Test yourself

A 38-year-old man is evaluated for a mass in his right neck that he first noticed 2 weeks ago while shaving. The patient also reports experiencing a pressure sensation when swallowing solid foods for the past year and daily diarrhea for the past 2 months. His personal medical history is unremarkable. His younger brother has nephrolithiasis, and his father died of a hypertensive crisis and cardiac arrest at age 62 years while undergoing anesthesia induction to repair a hip fracture. Following a physical exam, lab studies, and a chest radiograph, what is the most likely diagnosis?

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