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‘Open-book’ format does not appear to affect MOC test performance

A randomized controlled trial assigned physicians to a closed-book exam using typical time, a closed-book exam using 15 minutes of additional time, an open-book exam using typical time, or an open-book exam using 15 minutes of additional time. The open-book format allowed use of one electronic resource.

CDC and other health officials warn about cyclosporiasis outbreak nationwide

As of Aug. 2, 206 cases of Cyclospora infections from 27 states had been reported to the CDC in patients who became infected in the United States and became ill on or after May 1.

MKSAP quiz: 2-month history of weight loss, abdominal cramping, loose stools

A 32-year-old woman is evaluated for a 2-month history of weight loss, abdominal cramping, and loose stools. Her stools are malodorous, but she has not noted any blood associated with her bowel movements. Although her appetite is good, she has lost 3.2 kg (7.0 lb). She has an 8-year history of diffuse cutaneous systemic sclerosis. Following a physical exam and lab results, what is the most appropriate diagnostic test to perform next?

1 in 12 physicians received opioid-related compensation from pharmaceutical manufacturers

Because even small payments such as meals are associated with increased prescribing of marketed products, an examination of industry influences on prescribing amid an ongoing opioid crisis is warranted, the authors wrote.

Dementia risk may be higher in elderly patients with high serum uric acid levels

The association between high serum uric acid levels and vascular or mixed dementia might be affected by interim strokes, the authors said.

New ethics case study examines addressing a colleague's unprofessional behavior

The case study offers a hypothetical example of dealing with a colleague who openly exhibits unprofessional behavior and makes derogatory comments about a patient.

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