September 2015

Being shorthanded can short-circuit communitywide prevention efforts that might make a difference in rural populations Photo by Thinkstock

Improving rural health takes effort, energy

The need for improvements in the prevention of obesity and diabetes rates in poor and underserved communities has driven new outreach programs that range from smoking cessation in high school to dietary support in grocery stores.

ACP revises advice on women's health

New guidelines that change the recommendations for practices such as pelvic exams are leading to changes in the mindsets of physicians and patients.

Experts discuss crisis of antimicrobial resistance

Experts are looking at ways to prevent the world's next superbug before it actually causes an epidemic.

A 2-pronged approach to advance care planning

With prior planning, physicians can ensure that their patients' wishes are followed at the end of life.

Taking the leap forward to precision medicine

Genomic targeted therapies may finally deliver the full promise of knowing the family medical history or considering environmental factors during a clinical examination.

Perfecting the post-discharge visit

Physicians and health care researchers are looking at the effectiveness of the post-discharge visit and how best to implement it for maximum results.

Internists likely to see unprovoked first seizure

It's common for internists to see and receive referrals back for unprovoked first seizures, leading to considerations of treatment versus waiting.

“Doctor, can I get an MRI?” ... Not so fast

ACP seeks to educate and encourage shared decision making with patients, rather than have physicians order screening tests out of habit.

ACP advocacy is on a roll

ACP has scored major victories in Medicare's proposal to pay for advance care planning, a grace period for converting to ICD-10 coding, and access to affordable coverage.

Rural prevention efforts face specific hurdles

This issue covers topics such as programs that improve rural health, effective advance care planning, and new tools such as precision medicine in clinical medicine.

Keeping practice data electronically secure is important

Data breaches are costly, but there are simple ways to bolster electronic security.

Warning on NSAIDs; new schizophrenia drug approved

This update covers a strengthened warning on NSAIDs and a new drug to treat schizophrenia.

1985-1994: Pharma and health care reform cause conflict

Controversies about health care policy and pharma advertisements divided College leadership.

Delving into DynaMed Plus

An evidence-based clinical information resource lets ACP members get fast, reliable information.

Candidates announced for Board of Governors Chair-elect Designee

Two candidates are seeking election as Chair-elect Designee of the Board of Governors.

Chapter awardees

Chapters honor Members, Fellows, and Masters of ACP who have demonstrated by their example and conduct an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education, research, or service to their community, their chapter, and ACP.

MKSAP Quiz: Evaluation for palpitations

A 28-year-old woman is evaluated after a 4-hour self-limited episode of palpitations. The symptoms occurred while at work yesterday.