Physician's First Watch

Physician's First Watch

Medical news from NEJM Journal Watch

July 6, 2015

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and André Sofair, MD, MPH

Cystic fibrosis received much attention late last week: a nonviral gene therapy conferred significant (although modest) benefits to lung function in an early trial, and the FDA approved a new combination drug therapy for the condition.

In the...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and André Sofair, MD, MPH

A front-page story in Sunday's New York Times casts a harsh light on the growing diet-clinic industry in the U.S.

The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to pay for obesity screening and,...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and André Sofair, MD, MPH

Many U.S. health insurance companies are seeking large rate increases for 2016 because the customers they've gained under the Affordable Care Act are "sicker...

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July 2, 2015

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, FASAM

The FDA is mandating that drug companies stop manufacturing unapproved otic drops that are labeled for prescription use to relieve ear pain, infection, and inflammation. These products are frequently...

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By Allan S. Brett, MD

Dr. Brett is editor-in-chief of NEJM Journal Watch General Medicine, from which this story was adapted. See full coverage at the link below.

Liraglutide helps nondiabetic patients lose weight, but gastrointestinal side effects are common, according to an industry-supported study in the New...

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By Kristin J. Kelley

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, FASAM

The FDA warned on Wednesday that cough-and-cold medications with codeine could...

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By the Editors

The FDA is considering whether to require warning labels and child-resistant packaging for liquid...

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July 1, 2015

By Kelly Young

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Lorenzo Di Francesco, MD, FACP, FHM

High consumption of citrus fruit is associated with increased melanoma risk, suggests a study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Nearly 100,000 white participants in the Nurses' Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study completed questionnaires...

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