Archives of Internal Medicine Study Highlights


Archives of Internal Medicine Study Highlights

  • Fasting prior to blood lipid tests appears to have limited association with lipid subclass levels, suggesting that fasting for routine lipid level determinations may be unnecessary (Online First, see news release below).
  • A review of electronic health records of adult patients admitted to two academic tertiary care hospitals from June 2010 to August 2010, found that overall, 4 percent of patients experienced supratherapeutic acetaminophen dosing (above the recommended dosage levels used to treat diseases), despite policies and procedures to monitor and control patients’ acetaminophen exposure. Background in the articles notes that while acetaminophen is one of the most commonly used drugs for pain relief and fever reduction, acetaminophen toxicity is one of the leading causes of acute liver failure (Online First).
  • Data from epidemiological surveys show that U.S.-born Mexican Americans are at increased risk for obesity (defined as body mass index greater than 30) than first-generation Mexican immigrants. Additionally, the authors found that among Mexicans with no direct migration experience, having a migrant in the immediate family was associated with a higher risk for obesity among women but not among men (Online First).

(Arch Intern Med. Published online November 12, 2012. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.3708; doi:10.1001/2013.jamainternmed.438; doi:10.1001/2013.jamainternmed.77. Available pre-embargo to the media at 

Editor’s Note: Please see the articles for additional information, including other authors, author contributions and affiliations, financial disclosures, funding and support, etc.

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