July/August 2018

ACPs Convocation is a capstone of achievement for many attendees of Internal Medicine Meeting 2018 Photo by Kevin Berne

Research challenges diverticulitis dogma

The past decade has seen research on diverticulitis that may help physicians take better care of patients.

Two key questions guide H. pylori treatment

The best and most cost-effective treatments for H. pylori infection are the ones that work.

Points to consider in palliative care

An integrated model of curative and palliative care may lead some physicians to reconsider their role in care at the end of life.

Factor frailty into preop assessment

There's no real consensus definition when it comes to assessing frailty perioperatively, but there are risk calculators and risk indices available to help.

Solving mysterious chronic cough cases

Chronic cough is the third most common reason for ambulatory care visits, but not all affected patients can receive specialist care. A few pearls can help uncover the origins of the condition.

‘Wearables' warrant wary expectations

Medical-grade wearable technology will be a $24 billion market by 2022, and the market is predicted to shift from recreational use toward disease diagnosis and management.

Learn the warning signs for elder abuse, neglect

Only two of every 10 cases of elder abuse in the U.S. are detected annually. Learn the warning signs that may be present during an office visit.

New knowledge on human microbiome impacts practice

As researchers discover more and more associations between the human microbiome and various states of health and disease, physicians grow closer to the aim of precision health and providing customized care to patients.

The dilemma of breast density

Women are not getting the information they need to make decisions about breast density and mammography, while state legislators have jumped into the process.

ACP Members push for change at Leadership Day

Leadership Day 2018 hosted more than 350 ACP members and guests to meet with nearly 100 members of Congress and staffers to address seven key issues important to internal medicine.

Multistate B. cepacia outbreak linked to foam cleanser

This column reviews details on recent recalls, warnings, and approvals.

MKSAP Quiz: Abrupt episode of syncope

A 40-year-old man is evaluated in the emergency department for syncope. He was attending a baseball game when he experienced a witnessed, abrupt episode of syncope while seated. He did not experience any prodromal symptoms. Following a physical exam, lab studies, and an electrocardiogram, what is the most appropriate management?

Study other arts to practice better medicine

Patient communication skills hinge upon careful listening and speaking, cultural literacy, humility, and awareness of the patient's health literacy and numeracy.

Merger memories and abiding realities

Several of the issues that ACP is championing in 2018 live up to a vision created 20 years ago, when the organization merged with the American Society of Internal Medicine.

Readers weigh in on ACP's meaning, ‘nonspecific’ back pain

Readers respond to coverage about fighting physician burnout and nonspecific back pain.

Coverage from Internal Medicine Meeting 2018 highlights future of medicine

This issue also covers ACP's Leadership Day event, an annual gathering of members in Washington, D.C., to meet with members of Congress and their staffers.