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Health care reform, the patient-centered medical home, and the impact of environmental change on global health are just a few of the topics to be discussed at the Internal Medicine 2009 Medicine 2009 in Philadelphia this week.

Intensive treatment with statins may help reduce risk of cardiovascular events in patients with inflammatory arthritis, suggests a new study.

The burden of chronic illness from diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and hypertension as well as mental illnesses, such as depression, are steadily rising in the US and globally. New research shows the time is now to address these concerns.

Independent integrated networks are being driven by independent physician organizations, coalitions, and alliances between physicians themselves.

A recent study from the Bipolar-Schizophrenia Network on Intermediate Phenotypes (B-SNIP) investigated the genetics of the auditory event-related potential, a putative psychosis biomarker.

Strategic moves can help make Stage 2 Meaningful Use an easier transition.

Whether physicians personally agree or support LGBT rights should be a non-issue when it comes to providing the best possible care for all patients.

Patients with diabetes may already be at increased risk for genital mycotic infections.

Medical coding is a challenge, but a dose of caution will help you to avoid many of the most common coding errors. Here are four areas to watch.

Ultrasound elastography can save patients from invasive procedures and bring radiologists to forefront of diagnosing diffuse liver disease.

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Proposed mechanisms for the association include PPI-indcued acute pH dysregulation and alteration of the gut microbiome.

A new study shows a statistical association between PDE5 inhibitor use and melanoma and potential biological explanation, tempered by several caveats. Key questions remain unanswered.

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The price tag for an ICU stay was more than 5 times higher for pneumonia patients. Can we find an ounce of prevention?

Is new-onset AF linked to an acute precipitant less likely to recur than spontaneous AF? Is it any less dangerous? A new study finds answers in Framingham data.

AF risk increases with obesity.

A recent literature analysis found a 10% to 29% excess risk for AF conferred by incremental increases in BMI. The study in 9 slides, here.

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How do NSAIDS stack up to COX inhibitors and glucocortocoids in acute gout? This article summarizes a Cochrane review of 23 trials involving 2200 patients.

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Undiagnosed lung disease in smokers, the impact of guidelines for community-acquired pneumonia in children, and climate change and asthma attacks make headlines in the respiratory news.

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A review of ischemic optic neuropathies--arteritic and nonarteritic.

Inappropriate imaging is still performed among asymptomatic women with stage I or II breast cancer in Ontario.

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How do patients with rheumatoid arthritis rate their health and well being? Their relationship with their physician? Two new surveys shed light.

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