Annals of Internal Medicine Publishes 2013 'Updates' inInternal Medicine

Summaries of the Year's Most Important Studies Affecting the Practice of Internal Medicine are Available at

Philadelphia, April 11, 2013 - Annals of Internal Medicine, the flagship journal of the American College of Physicians (ACP), has published summaries of the most important medical studies of 2012 in the fields of infectious diseases, women's health, hematology and oncology, endocrinology, hospital medicine, rheumatology, and general internal medicine. All articles were published within the last year in some of the world's most prestigious medical journals. Authors in each topic area chose articles based on novelty and quality of the research, as well as potential impact on clinical practice.

Publication of the updates coincides with Internal Medicine 2013, the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Physicians, taking place April 11 - 13 in San Francisco. Each "Update" includes detailed summaries of several articles pertaining to a particular subspecialty of internal medicine. Highlights include:

  • Infectious Disease: In the wake of the fungal meningitis outbreak of 2012, Annals of Internal Medicine published an article on the need for improved regulatory control of compounding pharmacies.
  • Women's Health: Research published in the British Medical Journal showed that hormone therapy may reduce the risk for death or cardiovascular events in young, recently menopausal women.
  • Hematology and Oncology: The article "Extensive Molecular Characterization of Common Cancers Defines Heterogeneity and Common Themes as Platform for Future Basic Research" was published in Nature.
  • Endocrinology: An article on treatment failure among adolescents with type 2 diabetes was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
  • Hospital Medicine: An article published in The Lancet showed that longer attempts at resuscitation resulted in increased chance for survival after in-hospital cardiac arrest.
  • Rheumatology: The New England Journal of Medicine published an article about the approval of a new drug class to treat rheumatoid arthritis.
  • General Internal Medicine: A study on laxative free colonoscopy - a procedure that makes screening easier for the patient and hopefully increase screening rates -- was published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

Summaries of all of the "Updates" articles can be accessed online at

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