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The following articles are abstracted in the January/February 2003 issue of ACP Journal Club. The declarative title of each abstract as published in ACP Journal Club precedes the article citation.


Review: S-adenosylmethionine treats osteoarthritis as effectively as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs with fewer adverse effects

Biphasic waveform shocks were effective and efficient for cardioversion of atrial fibrillation

Fluvastatin reduced major adverse cardiac outcomes after first percutaneous coronary intervention

Review: Flumazenil leads to clinical and electroencephalographic improvement in hepatic encephalopathy in patients with cirrhosis

Review: Inhaled corticosteroids reduce hospital admissions in acute asthma

Etanercept was effective and safe for ankylosing spondylitis

Review: Several drugs are efficacious for symptomatic treatment of Parkinson disease

Review: Sildenafil improves erectile dysfunction and is well tolerated

Botulinum toxin A injections improved wrist and finger spasticity after stroke

Review: Angiotensin II receptor antagonists prevent headache in patients with mild-to-moderate hypertension

Oral vitamin K reversed warfarin-associated coagulopathy faster than subcutaneous vitamin K

Hylan G-F 20 was safe and effective in knee osteoarthritis and had a relatively low cost–utility ratio


The Memory Impairment Screen more accurately screened for Alzheimer disease than the 3-word memory test in older adults

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