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Early Release: Annals of Internal Medicine Publishes Updates on the Year’s Most Important Studies Affecting the Practice of Internal Medicine

Philadelphia, April 22, 2010 – Annals of Internal Medicine, the flagship journal of the American College of Physicians (ACP), has published several articles summarizing some of the most important studies of 2009 in the fields of cardiology, gastroenterology, hematology and oncology, pulmonary/critical care medicine, and nephrology. All of the updates can be accessed online at www.annals.org. The publication of the articles coincides with Internal Medicine 2010, ACP’s annual scientific meeting taking place April 22 - 24 in Toronto this year.

“The mission of Annals of Internal Medicine is to link high quality research with patient care,” said Christine Laine, MD, MPH, FACP, editor of Annals. “By publishing these updates, we are providing internists and subspecialists with a convenient reference to information that may impact the way they practice medicine.”

Studies highlighted in the updates were chosen for a variety of factors, including novelty, quality, and potential impact on clinical practice. Updates in each subspecialty include articles on a variety of relevant topic areas. Highlights include the following:

  • Cardiology - Authors summarized nine cardiology articles published in 2009 that had significant clinical implications. Advances were particularly noteworthy in the fields of antithrombotic therapy and management of multivessel coronary artery disease.
  • Gastroenterology and Hepatology - Authors summarized 11 articles covering a range of important findings on topics related to gastroenterology and hepatology. Topics highlighted include esophageal disorders, proton pump inhibitor therapy, liver disease, acute pancreatitis, pelvic floor disorders, and bowel disorders.
  • Hematology and Oncology - There were several articles in 2009 of particular interest to primary care physicians, hospitalists, and geriatricians. The authors selected seven articles in the field of hematology and eight in the field of oncology. Articles on breast cancer and prostate cancer were prominently featured.
  • Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine - In pulmonary medicine, researchers cited two trials that provide insight into the management of patients with chronic obstructive lung disease. In critical care medicine, the researchers selected studies that provided new information about pneumonia and asthma.
  • Nephrology - The authors summarized several key trials in the field of nephrology that could have implications for internists and other professionals who care for patients with chronic kidney disease. The studies highlighted also presented new information in lupus nephritis and end-stage renal disease.

About Annals of Internal Medicine
Annals of Internal Medicine is one of the five most widely cited peer-reviewed medical journals in the world, with a current impact factor of 17.5. The journal has been published for 82 years. It accepts only 7 percent of the original research studies submitted for publication. Follow Annals of Internal Medicine on Facebook and Twitter.

About the American College of Physicians
The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include 129,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection, and treatment of illness in adults. Follow ACP on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. The Internal Medicine 2010 Twitter hashtag is #im10.

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