ACCP NewsBrief
May 18, 2011

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A study published in the May issue of CHEST, "Ultrasonography Could Replace Chest X-ray for Determining Source of Acute Shortness of Breath," was featured recently in Bio-Medicine, R&D Magazine, Medical News Today, and in

A recent CHEST study, "Race and Ethnicity Can Influence End-of-Life Care in the ICU," was highlighted in Medical News Today the first week of May. Read more.

Information about the CHEST study, "Childhood Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome Improved by Adenotonsillectomy," was published in the May issue of Sleep Review. Read more.More

CHEST Challenge Marks Its 10th Year

Created in 2002, CHEST Challenge was developed as a fun way to increase opportunities for all fellows-in-training and increase their involvement in the ACCP. CHEST Challenge, patterned after the television game, Jeopardy!, involves three separate, but correlated, activities. All of these provide an opportunity for affiliate members to evaluate their knowledge and showcase their institutions. Read more. More

A Brief History of CHEST Challenge

William Kelly, MD, FCCP, initiated CHEST Challenge, with the assistance of various ACCP staff members and Lisa K. Moores, MD, FCCP, in 2002. Read more.More

An Emcee's Perspective: The CHEST Challenge Is All About Fun

Despite its billing as a competition, CHEST Challenge is also fun. In fact, Mark J. Rosen, MD, FCCP, second-ever emcee in the event's 10-year history, said, "This is about the most fun thing one can do all year!" Read more.More

Participate in CHEST Challenge — Don't Miss the Deadline

ACCP affiliate members have the opportunity to complete the CHEST Challenge online quiz until May 31. Members can log on to and will have 60 minutes to complete 50 multiple-choice board-style questions. The top nine scoring teams will win a free trip to compete in the semifinal rounds in San Antonio, Texas, at the ACCP board review courses in August. The winners of each round — three teams — will win a FREE TRIP TO HAWAII, where they will compete in the championship at the CHEST annual meeting. Log on now.More

30 ACCP-SEEK Questions Free for Your iPhone® or iPad®

Enhance your knowledge of chest medicine with case-based questions to test your recall, interpretation, and problem-solving skills related to chest medicine. Great for practicing for CHEST Challenge or board review preparation. More than 720 additional questions are available for sale. Learn more.More

More Than 300 Job Opportunities at Your Fingertips

Make your search easy. Locate more than 300 critical care, pulmonary, and sleep positions around the country and around the world by just visiting the ACCP Career Connection. Learn more. More

Tactics for Tight Times: How to Keep Your Practice Afloat
American Medical Association
In 2008, the cash flow of the medical practice of Daniel Lensink, MD, an ophthalmic plastic surgeon in Redding, California, slowed to a trickle. A large insurer significantly cut reimbursement rates for covered reconstructive procedures. The recession meant that fewer patients were having cosmetic procedures not covered by insurance. He had plenty of Medicare patients to fill up his schedule, but as expenses went up, Medicare pay rates stayed flat. Since then, his practice has returned to financial health, but, like many others, regulatory, economic, seasonal, and other variations all can create a cash crunch. There are several ways a practice can ride out these storms and survive, although effective solutions vary.More

Study: Lung Scans May Lead to Overdiagnosis
US researchers say they have found clear signs that blood clots in lungs are being overdiagnosed, exposing patients to potentially dangerous side effects from unnecessary drugs. Using national data, the researchers found the rate of pulmonary embolisms (PEs) nearly doubled over the last decade with the introduction of a new powerful diagnostic test. Yet, only a slight drop in deaths occurred from the condition over the same period, suggesting many of the clots were too small to cause harm.More

Poor Sleep Tied to Incontinence, Impotence
HealthDay News via U.S.News & World Report
Sleep problems are associated with erectile dysfunction (ED) and urologic conditions, such as incontinence, according to the results of two new studies. The first study examined the relationship between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and ED. After adjusting for age and other health conditions, the researchers found that men with ED were more than twice as likely to have OSA than those without ED. In the second study, investigators found that short sleep duration among men and restless sleep among men and women were strongly associated with the incidence of lower urinary tract symptoms (8% among men and 13% among women). Incidences of urinary incontinence and nocturia were associated with restless sleep among women but not men, according to the researchers. Because these studies were presented at a medical meeting, the data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.More

Study Finds Lung Stem Cells, Likely to Generate Debate
The Boston Globe
In a provocative new finding, researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital report they have discovered human lung stem cells. They say these stem cells can give rise to the many different types of cells in the lung and, ultimately, may hold the potential to regenerate and repair damaged lung tissue in patients. The results, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, challenge the current understanding of how the lung develops and will probably generate significant debate and skepticism within the field. Many scientists did not expect that a single human lung stem cell would give rise to all the many cell types found in the lung.More

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