Physician's First Watch Archive

Medical news from NEJM Journal Watch

August 28, 2015

By Kelly Young

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

Global life expectancy increased by 6 years to 71.5 years from 1990 to 2013, but time spent living in good health has not quite kept pace, according …

By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Teens who identify with the goth subculture appear to be at risk for later depression and self-harm, according to a prospective study in the Lancet Psychiatry …

By Cara Adler

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

Most toddlers and kindergarteners in the U.S. receive recommended vaccinations, yet there remain areas with low coverage and high exemption rates, according to …

August 27, 2015

By Kelly Young

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

Several groups say that federal and state Medicaid programs should expand their coverage of newer hepatitis C drugs …

August 26, 2015

By Kelly Young

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

Quitting smoking after a myocardial infarction is associated with better health outcomes than continued smoking, according to a study in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Roughly 4000 patients …

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

Careful risk assessment plus post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) with antivirals might limit the spread of Ebola in healthcare settings, a Lancet Infectious Diseases study finds.

Researchers developed an algorithm to …

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

Certain lifestyle interventions might not significantly affect cognitive function in older adults, suggest two JAMA trials.

In the first, over 1600 community-dwelling, sedentary elders at high risk for mobility disability were randomized to moderate-intensity exercise (walking, resistance training, and …

By Kelly Young

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

Eleven people have been diagnosed with plague in the U.S. since April. The CDC is urging healthcare providers to consider …

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