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Internal Medicine Alert – January 30, 2018

January 30, 2018

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  • Hold the Hormones — At Least for Chronic Condition Prevention

    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force reissued a statement on hormone replacement therapy for the prevention of chronic conditions that reiterates its D recommendation from 2012. It recommends physicians do not prescribe hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to prevent medical conditions, but leave the question of using HRT for treatment of menopausal symptoms unanswered.

  • CT Calcium Score vs. Stress Testing

    A subgroup analysis of the PROMISE trial showed that CT coronary calcium scores in symptomatic patients at low to intermediate risk for coronary artery disease are more sensitive but less specific for major adverse cardiac events over a two-year follow-up period than stress testing. Consequently, both approaches exhibited similar but modest discriminatory ability.

  • The Incidence of Dementia May Be Declining

    In community-dwelling people from Bronx County, New York, there was a sharp decrease in dementia incidence in those born after mid-1929, which could not be readily explained by changes in the prevalence of cardiovascular diseases, higher education, or increased racial/ethnic diversity.

  • Ertugliflozin Tablets (Steglatro)

    Ertugliflozin is indicated as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

  • Clinical Briefs

    In this section: Finding the prescription for the best diet, treating severe acute pain in the ED, and reducing falls among older patients.