February 2024

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Shifts in insulin use

Changes to clinical practice and other aspects of diabetes care have affected how physicians can manage patients with the condition.

Take a team approach to coronary disease

A major update to a cardiology guideline puts team-based, patient-centered care at the forefront of management and highlights the role of healthy diet and exercise habits in reducing cardiovascular risk.

The ethical nexus of health care: Purpose over profit

ACP is comprehensively examining the corrosive impact of profit-driven health care on the sacred patient-physician relationship in order to pave the way for potential solutions.

Health policy 'valentines' from ACP

ACP actively worked to improve the lives of members and their patients in 2023 by addressing several key issues, such as reducing administrative burdens and calling for Medicare to be able to negotiate prescription drug prices.

Points on providing gender-affirming care

There are simple things that physicians can do, regardless of their practice setting, to communicate to patients that they are safe in the clinical space.

Salt tablets no salve for hyponatremia

At Kidney Week in fall 2023, an endocrinologist covered the latest in outpatient diagnosis and treatment of syndrome of inappropriate antidiuresis (SIAD).

Experts debate dilemmas in colorectal cancer screening

The latest ACP/Annals of Internal Medicine virtual forum discussed the controversy around colorectal cancer screening, clarified the rationale supporting the varying recommendations, and equipped physicians to make screening choices that best align with patients' clinical situations.

Q&A: Conquering the ABCs of coding and documentation

Early career physicians may feel overwhelmed by having to document the care they provide, but an expert explains why it's not as confusing as it used to be.

OUD risk tests, gene therapies for sickle cell approved

This column reviews recent recalls, alerts, and approvals.

Presidential kudos

A reader offers praise for recent President's Message columns.

MKSAP Quiz: Brief episodes of wrist pain, swelling, redness

A 58-year-old woman is evaluated for brief episodes of pain, swelling, and redness in the right wrist for 4 days. During the past 2 years, she has had similar episodes in her left wrist and left third metacarpophalangeal joint, which resolved without treatment. Following a physical exam, lab studies, and radiograph, what is the most appropriate laboratory study to perform next?

The ins and outs of insulin updates, new guidelines, and more

This month's issue addresses insulin, an updated cardiology guideline, and colorectal cancer screening.

Latest updates on ACP's priorities, initiatives

ACP Spotlight offers readers a look at ACP's current top priorities and initiatives, as well as highlights from our e-newsletter, I.M. Matters Weekly from ACP.