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HRT for 10 years appears to cut risk of heart failure and heart attack without increasing cancer, deep venous thrombosis or stroke

Women who take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for 10 years after menopause may have a significantly reduced risk of mortality, heart failure and heart attack without any increased risk of cancer, deep venous thrombosis or stroke, a study found.

Rapid and point-of-care tests accurate for HCV

Rapid diagnostic tests and point-of-care tests for hepatitis C virus (HCV) are accurate enough to be used for first-line screening, according to a new study.

MKSAP Quiz: syncope and emotional stress

A 38-year-old man occasionally feels “skipped heart beats” during stressful emotional situations but has not had prolonged palpitations, presyncope, or syncope. He generally feels in good health. What is the most appropriate next test?

Anticholinergic therapy and onabotulinumtoxinA appear equally effective for urgency urinary incontinence

Oral anticholinergic therapy and injection onabotulinumtoxinA appear to be equally effective for treating urgency urinary incontinence, according to a new trial.

Wells score, negative D-dimer test can rule out pulmonary embolism in primary care

A Wells score of 4 or lower and a negative qualitative D-dimer test result can safely and efficiently exclude pulmonary embolism in primary care, a study found.

Beta-blockers didn't benefit stable CAD patients

Taking beta-blockers did not reduce the risk of cardiovascular events for patients with no history or a remote history of myocardial infarction (MI), according to a recent study.

CDC offers updated guidance on national meningitis outbreak due to contaminated methylprednisolone

The CDC is offering updated guidance on the current national meningitis outbreak.

Want to improve adult immunization rates? Get out of the way.

Yul Ejnes, MD, MACP, continues his column at KevinMD.com, sharing his strategies for improving adult immunization rates.

ACP offers resources to help raise adult immunization rates

Several resources are available to help physicians and health care professionals ensure that patients receive the correct immunizations in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule.

Forum planned on incentive reforms

Mathematica's Center on Health Care Effectiveness will hold a forum in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. to discuss incentive reforms.

ACP, other groups release survey findings on electronic health records

ACP, the Bipartisan Policy Center, and Doctors Helping Doctors Transform Health Care developed a survey and analyzed 527 responses for the new report “Clinician Perspectives on Electronic Health Information Sharing for Transitions of Care.”

ACP's EVP participates in the Voices for Primary Care Campaign

In recognition of National Primary Care Week 2012, Dr. Steven Weinberger, CEO and EVP of ACP, participated in the Voices for Primary Care photo sharing campaign.

FACP named 2012 MacArthur Fellow

Eric A. Coleman, MD, MPH, FACP, has been named a MacArthur Fellow for 2012.

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.

Physician editor: Daisy Smith, MD, FACP