Physician's First Watch

Physician's First Watch

Medical news from NEJM Journal Watch

June 27, 2017

By Joe Elia

Edited by Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that the Senate healthcare bill would increase the number of uninsured by 22 million over the next 10 years —...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) improve survival over conventional care in patients with either ischemic or nonischemic cardiomyopathy, finds a meta-analysis in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Last year's DANISH trial questioned...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Adding whole-genome sequencing to standard family history taking "reveals new molecular findings of uncertain clinical utility" and "may prompt additional clinical actions of unclear value,"...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Adverse events related to personal care items spiked in 2016, according to a research letter in JAMA Internal Medicine...

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By Joe Elia

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

An attempt to confirm the Institute of Medicine's 2002 conclusion that health insurance lengthens life expectancy proved difficult, according to an analysis...

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June 26, 2017

By Amy Orciari Herman

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

There are now over 200,000 suspected cases of cholera in Yemen, with roughly 5,000 new cases...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Physical activity does not appear to protect against cognitive decline or dementia, according to a long-term study in The BMJ. Some prior research suggested...

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June 24, 2017

June 23, 2017

By Amy Orciari Herman

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

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has updated its guidance on breast cancer screening in average-risk women to emphasize shared decision-making between the patient and provider....

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By Kelly Young

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

A weekly injectable depot formulation of buprenorphine may be effective in treating opioid use disorder, according to a...

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By Joe Elia

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

The U.S. Senate has released a "discussion draft" of its alternative to the House of Representatives health care...

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By Kelly Young

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

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that clinicians screen for sex...

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June 22, 2017

By Kelly Young

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

Recombinant influenza vaccine is noninferior to inactivated flu vaccine in older adults, according...

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By Joe Elia

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

After acute stroke, whether the patient receives treatment while fully supine or sitting up has no effect on disability or mortality, suggests a New England Journal...

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June 21, 2017

By Joe Elia

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

The North American Menopause Society has updated its position on the risks and benefits of hormone therapy.

The 26-page statement evaluates...

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