Physician's First Watch

Physician's First Watch

Medical news from NEJM Journal Watch

July 29, 2017

By Joe Elia

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

The 7-year attempt to repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act apparently ended early Friday...

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July 28, 2017

By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Moderate drinking spread out over several days during the week is associated with the lowest risk for diabetes, according to a study in Diabetologia.

Some 70,000...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

YF-VAX, the only U.S.-licensed yellow fever vaccine, was completely out of stock as of July...

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By the Editors

The Texas Department of State Health Services is reporting that a resident was "most likely infected" with Zika in the state...

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July 27, 2017

By Joe Elia

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD

The "deeply embedded" view that failing to complete a course of antibiotics will lead to drug resistance has no evidentiary basis, according to an analysis in The BMJ....

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By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD

The recent increase in electronic cigarette use among U.S. adult smokers may have contributed to an increase in the nation's smoking cessation rate, suggests a study in The BMJ.

Researchers examined data...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD

Any link between the ADHD drug methylphenidate and suicide attempts does not appear to be causal, according to an observational study in JAMA Psychiatry.

Using a...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD

Having a body-mass index below 40 before undergoing bariatric surgery is associated with better outcomes a year later, according to a retrospective...

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July 26, 2017

By Joe Elia

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

A study of some 200 donated brains from American football players shows a generally increasing prevalence of chronic traumatic...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Targeted text messages and email reminders can help improve safe infant sleep practices, a JAMA study finds.

Mothers of newborns...

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By Joe Elia

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

The Senate voted on Tuesday to take up...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists on Tuesday issued two new committee opinions — one on managing opioid use disorder in pregnancy, and the other on counseling adolescents...

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July 25, 2017

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD

Even a small decrease in the measles vaccination rate could lead to a threefold increase in cases, according to a modeling study in...

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By Joe Elia

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD

Patients who stop taking statins after presumed adverse reactions face increased risk for cardiovascular events, the Annals...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD

Assessment of orthostatic hypotension (OH) might be most useful when performed within 1 minute of the patient standing — rather than waiting 3 minutes as guidelines recommend — suggests a study in JAMA Internal Medicine...

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