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A1c targets for type 1 diabetes, dialysis patients discussed at nephrology meeting

PHILADEPHIA—Tight glucose control appears beneficial in preventing kidney function decline in newly diagnosed type 1 diabetics, but not so helpful for diabetics who already have kidney failure, according to data presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Nephrology.

Early tapering of opioid-dependent patients may lead to relapse

Prescription opioid-dependent patients are highly likely to relapse if tapered off buprenorphine-naloxone, even after 12 weeks of treatment and even when receiving additional counseling, researchers found.

MKSAP Quiz: diagnosing hematologic abnormalities

This week's quiz asks readers to determine appropriate diagnostic testing for a 26-year-old woman admitted to the hospital with deep venous thrombosis.

Suicide rating scale offers insights into intent, actions of patients

A suicide assessment exam that quantifies suicidal ideation and suicidal behavior as distinct domains instead of a continuum of behavior is suitable for clinical use, a new study concluded.

Higher CHADS2 scores can indicate higher risk in patients on anticoagulants

Higher CHADS2 scores pointed to higher risk for adverse outcomes, including stroke, bleeding and death, in patients with atrial fibrillation receiving anticoagulation, according to a new study.

TNF-alpha antagonists may not increase risk for serious infections requiring hospitalization, study indicates

TNF-alpha antagonists may not increase risk for infection-related hospitalizations in patients with autoimmune diseases, according to a new study.

Deadline this week for rosiglitazone access program

Physicians who want to continue prescribing rosiglitazone-containing medications (Avandia, Avandamet, and Avandaryl) must be enrolled in the Avandia-Rosiglitazone Medicines Access Program by this Thursday, Nov. 17, the FDA reminded last week.

Version 5010 deadline approaches

As of Nov. 15, there are 46 days before the implementation of version 5010. Effective Jan. 1, 2012, physician practices will need to submit claims not only to Medicare but to all payers using version 5010 in order to be paid.

Poster competition for student members and associates at Internal Medicine 2012

ACP will feature a national poster competition for ACP medical student members and associates at Internal Medicine 2012, which will be held in New Orleans April 19-21.

Vote for your favorite entry

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

Physician editor: Daisy Smith, MD, FACP