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 July 22, 2014
Little benefit, many harms from niacin, study finds
Taking niacin didn't significantly reduce vascular events and did cause a variety of serious side effects for high-risk patients, a new study found. More...
History of ischemic stroke raises risk of adverse events after noncardiac surgery
A history of ischemic stroke, especially within the previous 9 months, was associated with a higher risk of adverse events after noncardiac surgery, a new study found. More...
MKSAP Quiz: 2-week history of decreased exercise tolerance
A 57-year-old woman is evaluated for a 2-week history of decreased exercise tolerance and substernal chest pain on exertion. She also has an 8-month history of macrocytic anemia. Following a physical exam, lab results, and electrocardiogram, what is the most likely diagnosis? More...
Hydroxychloroquine for Sjögren syndrome does not appear effective
Hydroxychloroquine did not improve symptoms of primary Sjögren syndrome during 24 weeks of treatment compared with placebo, according to a study. More...
Hand hygiene recommendations released
Several professional societies, including the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America, recently released recommendations on preventing health care-associated infections through hand hygiene. More...
ACP to host first national conference in India in September 2014
The American College of Physicians will host its first national conference in New Delhi, India, Sept. 5-6 at the Le Méridien Hotel. The conference focus is "The Burden of Non-Communicable Diseases," and it will feature both U.S.-based and India-based physicians as faculty speakers. More...
Article cites ACP and other groups for efforts to promote high-value care
According to an article published in the July 16 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), professional organizations like ACP are the groups best positioned to engage physicians in qualitative efforts to improve the value of health care. More...
From the College
Call for spring 2015 Board of Governors resolutions
The deadline for submitting new resolutions to be heard at the spring 2015 Board of Governors meeting is Sept. 24. More...
Cartoon caption contest
And the winner is …
ACP InternistWeekly has tallied the voting from its latest cartoon contest, where readers are invited to match wits against their peers to provide the most original and amusing caption. More...
Physician editor: Philip Masters, MD, FACP
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A 57-year-old woman is evaluated for a 2-week history of decreased exercise tolerance and substernal chest pain on exertion. She also has an 8-month history of macrocytic anemia. Following a physical exam, lab results, and electrocardiogram, what is the most likely diagnosis?
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