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ACP InternistWeekly

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 29, 2014




Highlights

Paracetamol (acetaminophen) no better than placebo for low back pain

Researchers are questioning the use of paracetamol (the name for acetaminophen frequently used in other countries) for acute episodes of lower back pain or for improving pain levels, function, sleep, or quality of life after finding it fared no better than placebo, a study found. More...

New guidelines on HIV prevention, treatment released

The International AIDS Society-USA released clinical guidelines on preventing and treating HIV, noting that the 2 approaches should complement each other on reducing the spread of the disease. More...


Test yourself

MKSAP Quiz: sore throat, daily fever for 5 days

A 19-year-old man is evaluated for a sore throat, daily fever, frontal headache, myalgia, and arthralgia of 5 days' duration. He also has severe discomfort in the lower spine and a rash on his trunk and extremities. He returned from a 7-day trip to the Caribbean 8 days ago. The remainder of the history is noncontributory. Following a physical exam and lab studies, what is the most likely diagnosis? More...


Anticoagulation

BMJ investigation claims safety info about dabigatran withheld by manufacturer

The makers of dabigatran allegedly failed to share information with regulators that would make using the drug safer—specifically, that monitoring plasma levels of the drug and adjusting doses accordingly could significantly reduce major bleeding, a new BMJ investigation found. More...

Early hormone therapy in menopause doesn't seem to affect atherosclerosis progression

Hormone therapy begun early in menopause improved some markers of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk but did not appear to affect atherosclerosis progression, a study found. More...


Continuing education

Using ultrasound—register now for November course

The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and the Wake Forest School of Medicine, in cooperation with ACP, are offering a course on bedside ultrasound use, Nov. 13-15, 2014, at Wake Forest Biotech Place in Winston-Salem, N.C. More...


From the College

Call for families in Internal Medicine

2015 will mark 100 years of the ACP as the professional home for internists. To help celebrate this milestone, the College would like to profile a few families with multiple generations of internists or internal medicine subspecialists in the medical student publication, ACP IMpact. More...

Moving annual visits into the 21st century

Yul Ejnes, MD, MACP, continues his monthly column at KevinMD.com by looking at the annual visit on average risk, asymptomatic adults that most internal medicine specialists perform. More...

ACP Annual Report from the Executive Vice President

The 2013-2014 ACP Report of the Executive Vice President (EVP) is now available on ACP's website. More...

ACP submits statement on the use of race in university admissions

A federal court ruled July 15 that race can be taken into consideration in university admissions. More...


Cartoon caption contest

Put words in our mouth

ACP InternistWeekly wants readers to create captions for our new cartoon and help choose the winner. Pen the winning caption and win a $50 gift certificate good toward any ACP product, program or service. More...


Physician editor: Philip Masters, MD, FACP



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Test yourself

A 19-year-old man is evaluated for a sore throat, daily fever, frontal headache, myalgia, and arthralgia of 5 days' duration. He also has severe discomfort in the lower spine and a rash on his trunk and extremities. He returned from a 7-day trip to the Caribbean 8 days ago. The remainder of the history is noncontributory. Following a physical exam and lab studies, what is the most likely diagnosis?

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