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MKSAP Quiz: Evaluation for risk of rheumatoid arthritis

A 36-year-old woman is evaluated during a routine wellness visit. She is asymptomatic and has no medical problems. Her mother has rheumatoid arthritis, and the patient is concerned that she might also develop the disease. Following a physical exam, what is most likely to reduce this patient's risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis?
https://acpinternist.org/weekly/archives/2023/05/23/3.htm
23 May 2023

Making smoking cessation less of a struggle

This month's issue considers smoking cessation, helping patients with disabilities, and conference coverage from the Society of Hospital Medicine's annual meeting.
https://acpinternist.org/archives/2022/06/making-smoking-cessation-less-of-a-struggle.htm
1 Jun 2022

Adding nicotine replacement therapy to varenicline monotherapy didn't increase smoking cessation

In a randomized trial of 1,251 adults who smoked five or more cigarettes per day, neither varenicline plus a nicotine patch nor extended-duration treatment was superior to 12 weeks of varenicline monotherapy for abstinence.
https://acpinternist.org/weekly/archives/2021/10/26/2.htm
26 Oct 2021

Take TIAs as seriously as a stroke

Internal medicine physicians play a critical role in educating patients about the seriousness of transient ischemic attacks and preventing their recurrence.
https://acpinternist.org/archives/2023/05/take-tias-as-seriously-as-a-stroke.htm
1 May 2023

ATS guideline strongly recommends varenicline for smoking cessation

A new clinical practice guideline from the American Thoracic Society (ATS) made five strong recommendations and two conditional recommendations regarding medications to treat adults with tobacco dependence.
https://acpinternist.org/weekly/archives/2020/07/21/3.htm
21 Jul 2020

Smartphone apps compared for smoking cessation

Patients using a smartphone application for smoking cessation based on coping skills had a nearly 1.5 times higher odds of quitting smoking compared with those who used an app that teaches avoiding triggers for smoking.
https://acpinternist.org/weekly/archives/2020/09/29/5.htm
29 Sep 2020

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, ACP Internist Weekly.
https://acpinternist.org/archives/2023/02/latest-updates-on-acps-priorities-initiatives.htm
1 Feb 2023

Smoking cessation study supports ‘never too early, never too late’

Smoking cessation was consistently related to lower risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral artery disease (PAD), although a significantly elevated risk for PAD persisted up to 30 years after smoking cessation.
https://acpinternist.org/weekly/archives/2019/07/23/4.htm
23 Jul 2019

Is mastering coding worth the time?

While Medicare has added new codes to increase the reimbursement available to primary care practices, they can be difficult to implement and may not align with the integrated flow of a visit.
https://acpinternist.org/archives/2022/10/is-mastering-coding-worth-the-time.htm
1 Oct 2022

Smoking cessation therapies may have similar quit rates

Compared with the nicotine patch, both varenicline and combination nicotine replacement therapy significantly reduced withdrawal and craving symptoms early, but the effect did not translate into superior 26- or 52-week abstinence.
https://acpinternist.org/weekly/archives/2016/02/02/4.htm
2 Feb 2016

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