Physician's First Watch

Physician's First Watch

Medical news from NEJM Journal Watch

February 18, 2017

February 17, 2017

By Kelly Young

Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH, and William E. Chavey, MD, MS

The FDA has approved brodalumab (Siliq) to treat moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis in adults who are eligible for systemic therapy or phototherapy and...

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By Cara Adler

Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH, and William E. Chavey, MD, MS

The 2016–2017 influenza vaccine has been 48% effective through February 4, according to a CDC analysis in MMWR.

The interim analysis is...

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By Kelly Young

Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH, and William E. Chavey, MD, MS

The American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology has identified five scenarios in which cervical screening or treatment...

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February 16, 2017

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM

Bariatric surgery leads to better glycemic control than intensive medical therapy in diabetic patients, even 5 years after surgery, according to long-term follow-up from the industry-supported...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM

Intensive-dosing fecal microbiota transplantation — roughly 40 infusions over 8 weeks — helps patients with ulcerative colitis achieve clinical remission, according to a Lancet study.

Eighty-five...

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By Kelly Young

Edited by Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine offers new guidelines on using prescription and over-the-counter drugs to treat chronic insomnia in adults.

Published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep...

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By Kelly Young

Edited by Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM

Vitamin D supplementation is associated with a slightly reduced risk for developing acute respiratory tract infections, according to a meta-analysis in The BMJ. But editorialists contend that...

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February 15, 2017

By Joe Elia

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

Soccer players seem at risk for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a small case series in...

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By Kelly Young

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

The Zika virus appears to persist in serum longer than expected, according to a cohort study published in...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Two scalp cooling devices help prevent chemotherapy-induced alopecia in women with breast cancer, according to findings from two industry-supported studies in JAMA.

In the first, some 180 women undergoing chemotherapy...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Two years of oral immunotherapy for grass pollen allergy is not sufficient to confer long-term benefits, a JAMA study finds.

Roughly 100...

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By Joe Elia

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

A new report explores the vexing problem of editing the human genome using widely available tools. The report comes...

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February 14, 2017

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

The American College of Physicians now recommends nonpharmacologic therapies — including superficial heat, massage, acupuncture, and spinal manipulation — as first-line treatment for patients with acute or subacute low back pain (lasting 12 weeks or less). The new guideline, published in...

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By Kelly Young

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

The rate of outpatient visits in which seniors are prescribed three or more drugs affecting the central nervous system (CNS) more than doubled over a decade, according to a JAMA...

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