Archives of Internal Medicine Study Highlights



Archives of Internal Medicine Study Highlights

  • Use of a personal digital assistant (PDA) and telephone coaching appears to enhance short-term weight loss when used in conjunction with an existing physician-directed weight loss treatment program (Online First; see news release below).
  • Two adapted diabetes lifestyle interventions resulted in weight loss, as well as improvements in waist circumference and fasting plasma glucose level, for overweight or obese adults compared with usual care over a 15-month period (Online First; see news release below).
  • A study that examined stroke risk in 27,748 black and white individuals between 2003 and 2007 suggests that a 10-mm Hg difference in systolic blood pressure was associated with an 8 percent increase in stroke risk for whites, but a 24 percent increase for blacks (Online First).
  • More than 30 percent of new users of antihypertensive medication in 2008 were not persistent in taking their medication early on, and 1 in 5 were nonadherent to therapy in a study of 44,167 adults that sought to identify potential health system solutions to the suboptimal use of antihypertensive therapy. Nonwhite patients were more likely to exhibit both types of suboptimal medication-taking behavior compared with white patients (Online First.)

(Arch Intern Med. Published online December 10, 2012. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed2013.1221; doi:10.1001/2013/jamainternmed.987; doi:10.1001/2013/jamainternmed.857; doi:10.1001/2013/jamainternmed.955. Available pre-embargo to the media at


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