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Michael Pignone, MD, MPH; Russell Harris, MD, MPH; and Linda Kinsinger, MD, MPH

A decision aid consisting of an education video, brochure, and chart marker increased ordering and performance of colon cancer screening tests.

Topics: decision support techniques, screening test, colorectal cancer screening, fecal occult blood test, ...
  

Carriers of mutations at the ataxia-telangiectasia locus, who make up 1.4% to 2% of the general population, have a higher mortality rate and an earlier age at death from cancer and ischemic heart disease than noncarriers.

Topics: alleles, ataxia-telangiectasia, cancer, mortality, myocardial ischemia
  
Dick Menzies, MD, MSc; Anne Fanning, MD; Lilian Yuan, MD; J. Mark FitzGerald, MD, the Canadian Collaborative Group in Nosocomial Transmission of TB*

Tuberculin conversion among health care workers was strongly associated with inadequate ventilation in general patient rooms and with type and duration of work. Conversion was not related to ventilation of respiratory isolation rooms.

Topics: health personnel, hospitals, tuberculin, tuberculosis, infection, environmental air flow
  
Steven Grinspoon, MD; Elizabeth Thomas, NP; Sarah Pitts, BA; Erin Gross, BA; Diane Mickley, MD; Karen Miller, MD; David Herzog, MD; and Anne Klibanski, MD

Bone mineral density is reduced at several skeletal sites in most women with anorexia nervosa. Weight, but not estrogen use, is a significant predictor of bone mineral density at all skeletal sites in this population.

Topics: anorexia nervosa, women, osteopenia, predictor variable
  
Charles N. Bernstein, MD; James F. Blanchard, MD, PhD; William Leslie, MD; Andre Wajda, MS; and B. Nancy Yu, MS, PhD

Patients with inflammatory bowel disease are at increased risk for fracture compared with the general population.

Topics: inflammatory bowel disease, fracture, manitoba
  
David A. Fiellin, MD; M. Carrington Reid, PhD, MD; and Patrick G. O'Connor, MD, MPH

This case-based discussion focuses on the clinical management of a patient whose hazardous drinking progresses to alcohol dependence and requires coordinated care.

Topics: ethanol
  
Michael E. Whitcomb, MD; and Deborah L. Walter, MPA

Few internal medicine subspecialty training programs are currently designed to provide adequate research training as defined by the Institute of Medicine and American Board of Internal Medicine.

Topics: internal medicine, communicable diseases
  

The reports by Grinspoon and Bernstein and their colleagues in this issue are examples of the detailed clinical observations on secondary osteoporosis that are necessary for understanding normal and disordered bone remodeling.

Topics: osteoporosis, leptin
  

In this issue, Whitcomb and Walter prompt us to think about the role of departments of internal medicine in being responsible for the national problems in clinical research and in helping resolve them.

Topics: internal medicine, dysmyelopoietic syndromes, united states national institutes of health, minimum data ...
  
Raymond D. Hobbs, MD

If I made house calls, it was usually for the Amish. One special house call gave me a glimpse of what it must have been like to be a physician long ago.

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Teresa Caballero, MD, PhD; Maria Concepcion Lopez-Serrano, MD, PhD; and Margarita Lopez-Trascasa, PhD
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Marco Cicardi, MD; Angelo Agostoni, MD; and Alvin E. Davis III, MD
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Antal Csepregi, MD; and Elemér Nemesánszky, MD, PhD
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Svetomir N. Markovic, MD, PhD; David J. Inwards, MD; and Robert P. Phyliky, MD
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George N. Braman, MD
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Topics: decision support techniques, colorectal cancer screening
  
Topics: ataxia-telangiectasia, mortality
  
Topics: health personnel, hospitals, tuberculosis, environmental air flow
  
Topics: anorexia nervosa, women, osteopenia
  
Topics: inflammatory bowel disease, fracture
  
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Judith M.E. Walsh, MD, MPH; Nancy C. Dolan, MD; and Pamela Charney, MD

The main areas of focus for this Update are coronary heart disease, osteoporosis, breast cancer prevention, hormone replacement therapy and oral contraceptives, weight loss, cancer screening, domestic violence, and sexual dysfunction.

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