Welcome to this week's issue of ACP InternistWeekly, an update for internists published every Tuesday by the American College of Physicians.
In the News for the Week of June 18, 2013
Some antibiotics taken with statins by older patients may cause more hospitalizations, all-cause mortality
Older people taking statins who were prescribed clarithromycin or erythromycin were hospitalized more frequently for rhabdomyolysis and acute kidney injury and had higher all-cause mortality than people who were prescribed azithromycin, a Canadian study found. More...
DMARD triple therapy noninferior to, but less costly than, TNF inhibitor
In rheumatoid arthritis patients in whom first-line methotrexate therapy has failed, triple therapy with disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) was noninferior to the tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor etanercept plus methotrexate, a study found. More...
MKSAP Quiz: sudden onset of severe headache
A 56-year-old woman is evaluated in the emergency department for sudden onset of a severe generalized headache that began 36 hours ago and has not responded to over-the-counter medications. Following laboratory studies and a CT scan, what is the most appropriate next diagnostic test? More...
Depression care reduces mortality in elderly patients
Depression care management for elderly patients eliminated the increase in mortality risk associated with major depression, a new study found. More...
Two-step screening appears effective for anxiety, depression in hospitalized cardiac patients
A two-step screening process appears to be effective for detecting generalized anxiety disorder and depression in hospitalized patients with cardiac disease, according to a new study. More...
Autoimmune disorders, infections associated with mood disorders
Autoimmune disorders and infections may increase patients' risk for mood disorders, according to a new study. More...
Childhood cancer survivors develop many chronic conditions
Adult survivors of childhood cancer have an extraordinarily high rate of chronic health problems, a recent study found. More...
Last chance to avoid e-prescribing payment penalty
June 30 is the last day you can report electronic prescriptions to avoid a payment penalty under the Medicare Electronic Prescribing program in 2014. More...
ACP can help you with the new transitional care codes
The Running a Practice section of ACP's website has detailed resources available that can help physician practices figure out the new CPT codes for transitional care management. More...
From the College
Free webinar on 2013 PQRIwizard
The Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) is offering a free webinar on the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) registry tool PQRIwizard. More...
Governance Committee seeks Regent candidates for 2014
The Governance Committee oversees the process for nominating and electing Masters and Fellows of the College to the Board of Regents (BOR) and is beginning the process of seeking Regents to join the Board in May 2014. More...
Cartoon caption contest
Vote for your favorite entry
ACP InternistWeekly's cartoon caption contest continues. Readers can vote for their favorite caption to determine the winner. More...
Physician editor: Philip Masters, MD, FACP
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A 56-year-old woman is evaluated in the emergency department for sudden onset of a severe generalized headache that began 36 hours ago and has not responded to over-the-counter medications. Following laboratory studies and a CT scan, what is the most appropriate next diagnostic test?
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