Physician's First Watch

Physician's First Watch

Medical news from NEJM Journal Watch

February 23, 2017

By Joe Elia

Edited by William E. Chavey, MD, MS

Patients with prediabetes were less likely to have developed type 2 diabetes after 3 years' treatment with liraglutide than with placebo, according to a Lancet...

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By Mark S. Link, MD

Dr. Link is deputy editor with NEJM Journal Watch Cardiology, from which this story was adapted. Full coverage is available at the link below.

Patients with conventional pacemakers or implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) who underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) generally...

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By Kelly Young

Edited by William E. Chavey, MD, MS

The American Diabetes Association has updated its guideline on diagnosing and managing diabetic retinopathy in Diabetes Care.

Changes since the group's...

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February 22, 2017

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

New findings from the NIH-supported "Testosterone Trials" offer a mixed take on the potential role of testosterone therapy in older men.

In the trials, men aged 65 and older with serum testosterone below 275 ng/dL plus sexual or physical dysfunction or reduced vitality were randomized to use testosterone gel (1%) or placebo for 1 year.

Among the findings, as reported...

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By Kelly Young

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

An international panel convened by The BMJ strongly recommends against using low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) in patients with fracture or osteotomy because the device doesn't...

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February 21, 2017

By the Editors

Here's what we chose for you from NEJM Group today:

NEJM Clinical Practice Center: Image in clinical medicine: A 50-year-old man presented with a 6-month history...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Autologous stem cell transplantation for multiple sclerosis might help slow neurologic progression in nearly half of treated patients, suggests a retrospective study in JAMA...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Over 400 serum specimens collected between July and December 2016 need to be retested for Zika after an error was discovered at a public health...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

A low-cost intervention using minimal resources may help obese adults maintain weight loss, according to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

An internet-based intervention leads to improved pain and function in adults with chronic knee pain, according to a study in the...

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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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