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ACP, other groups issue joint recommendations on stable ischemic heart disease

Two new clinical practice guidelines for diagnosing and treating stable ischemic heart disease (IHD) were released by a collaboration of medical organizations.

Lipid levels similar regardless of whether patients fast before testing

Lipid levels did not vary significantly depending on whether patients fasted before lipid profile testing, according to a recent study.

MKSAP Quiz: Cardiac risk reduction

A 62-year-old man is evaluated during a routine examination. Medical history is significant for a myocardial infarction 3 years ago, dyslipidemia, hypertension, tobacco use, and drinking two alcoholic drinks per day. What intervention offers the greatest cardiac risk reduction in this patient?

Clinical context should be considered when ordering, interpreting troponin test

Guidance on when to order and how to interpret a troponin level, in order to initiate appropriate treatment and to optimize outcomes, was offered last week by a new consensus document issued by six medical societies.

Patients may overestimate benefits of screening programs, preventive medicines

Patients overestimated the risk reduction achieved with screening and preventive medications, and clinicians should keep that tendency in mind when discussing such issues with patients, a study found.

New ACP ethics case study available

ACP's case study “Stewardship of Health Care Resources: Responding to a Patient's Request for Antibiotics” is now available online through Medscape.

Inappropriate care requests: the role of health care professionals

Yul Ejnes, MD, MACP, immediate past chair of ACP's Board of Regents, a practicing internist in Cranston, R.I., and a member of ACP Internist's editorial board, continues his column at, one of the Web's leading destinations for provocative physician commentary.

ACP supports Chronic Osteoarthritis Management Initiative

The College has lent its support to the Chronic Osteoarthritis Management Initiative coordinated by the U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative.

Conference to be held on evidence-based guidelines

The Guidelines International Network North America and the Section on Evidence Based Health Care of the New York Academy of Medicine are sponsoring a conference, “Evidence-Based Guidelines Affecting Policy, Practice and Stakeholders (E-GAPPS),” to be held this December.

Reminder of ACP webinar on PQRS requirements

ACP is hosting an informational webinar on the PQRS (Physician Quality Reporting System) reporting requirements for physicians on Nov. 29, 2012.

The next issue of ACP Hospitalist is online

The November issue of ACP Hospitalist is now online, featuring its annual Top Docs.

College Master wins 2012 Flexner Award

Ruth-Marie (Rhee) Fincher, MD, MACP, has received the 2012 Abraham Flexner Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

College Fellow awarded Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism

James J. O’Connell, MD, FACP, has been awarded the 2012 Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism.

Put words in our mouth

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