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ACP Internist® Weekly

Welcome to this week's issue of ACP Internist Weekly, an update for internists published every Tuesday by the American College of Physicians.



In the News for the Week of July 26, 2016




Knee pain

Exercise appears as effective as surgery for middle-aged patients with meniscal tear

At 3 months, muscle strength had improved more in the exercise group than in the surgery group, and there was no clinically relevant difference in knee pain, other symptoms, function in sport and recreation, and knee-related quality of life, researchers found. More...


Opioid dependence

Buprenorphine implant may improve opioid abstinence over daily sublingual buprenorphine

An industry-funded study compared 6-month buprenorphine implants with daily sublingual buprenorphine in 177 opioid-dependent outpatients. More...


Test yourself

MKSAP Quiz: evaluation for very dry, painful hands

A 34-year-old woman is evaluated for very dry, painful hands. She works in a daycare center and washes her hands 15 to 20 times daily, often for 2 to 3 minutes at a time. She has been applying lotion multiple times daily with no relief of the pain. She has a history of obsessive-compulsive disorder and takes no medications. In addition to decreasing the frequency of hand washing, what is the most appropriate therapy? More...


Sinusitis

Nasal saline irrigation, but not steam inhalation, modestly effective for chronic sinusitis, study finds

Compared to those who did not use nasal irrigation, those who did were more likely at 6 months to report that they would not visit a doctor for subsequent sinus symptoms, less likely to report headache at 3 months, and less likely to use over-the-counter medications. More...


2016 election

New ACP resources available for the 2016 election

Resources on health care topics that have the potential to gain attention during the 2016 presidential election offer a breakdown on critical issues, a detailed description of ACP's policy on each issue, and questions to consider while evaluating the candidates' positions. More...


Shared purpose

Collaboration is vital to mission of professional medical societies

Yul Ejnes, MD, MACP, continues his monthly column at KevinMD.com in a post about how a collaboration between full-time staff and volunteer leaders is vital to the mission of professional medical societies like ACP. More...


Cartoon caption contest

Vote for your favorite entry

ACP Internist Weekly's cartoon caption contest continues. Readers can vote for their favorite caption to determine the winner. More...


Physician editor: Daisy Smith, MD, FACP



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A 34-year-old woman is evaluated for very dry, painful hands. She works in a daycare center and washes her hands 15 to 20 times daily, often for 2 to 3 minutes at a time. She has been applying lotion multiple times daily with no relief of the pain. She has a history of obsessive-compulsive disorder and takes no medications. In addition to decreasing the frequency of hand washing, what is the most appropriate therapy?

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