Physician's First Watch

Physician's First Watch

Medical news from NEJM Journal Watch

October 18, 2017

By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Direct oral anticoagulants do not pose higher risk for major bleeding than warfarin in patients with venous thromboembolism (VTE), according...

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By Kelly Young

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

The American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and nine other medical groups have issued the first-ever appropriate use criteria for treating severe aortic stenosis.

The...

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October 17, 2017

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD

Use of antidepressants is associated with increased risk for type 2 diabetes in young people, suggests a retrospective study in JAMA Pediatrics.

Using a Medicaid database,...

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By Kelly Young

Edited by Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD

Biomarkers may help clinicians predict which patients with mild cognitive impairment will progress to Alzheimer disease, according to an industry-supported study in JAMA Neurology.

Over 500 patients with mild...

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By the Editors

Here are today's featured selections from NEJM Group:

NEJM Clinical Practice Center: Case Record: A 19-month-old girl presented with failure to thrive. Growth had been...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD

Nearly 12% of U.S. men are infected with oral human papillomavirus (HPV), according to an Annals of Internal Medicine study. The prevalence among women is much lower, at 3%....

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October 16, 2017

By Joe Elia

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

President Trump said late last week that he will remove subsidies for health insurance companies that help pay for indigent care. The announcement came hours after he signed...

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By the Editors

Merck will not be seeking approval for anacetrapib, its cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) inhibitor aimed at raising HDL cholesterol levels. The company joins several others that have abandoned...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

The need for a home sleep apnea test must be determined using the patient's medical history plus a face-to-face (in-person or telemedicine) exam by...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Nearly 40% of U.S. adults were obese in 2015–2016, according to data from the CDC's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The prevalence among...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

For patients with acute respiratory tract infection, using procalcitonin levels to guide treatment decisions can reduce antibiotic use and improve survival, finds a meta-analysis in the Lancet Infectious Diseases. High procalcitonin levels can...

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October 14, 2017

By the Editors

Here is the most clicked-on article we featured from NEJM Group this week, in...

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October 13, 2017

By the Editors

The FDA has cleared the Magnetom Terra, the first seven-tesla (7T) magnetic resonance...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Nearly a third of ophthalmologists' time with patients is spent using their electronic health record (EHR), according to...

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By Kelly Young

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

Vaccination coverage of U.S. kindergartners is holding relatively high, according to a study in MMWR.

During the 2016–17 school year, 94–95% of kindergartners...

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By Joe Elia

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

President Trump has ordered the secretaries of the Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services to expand access to insurance...

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