Physician's First Watch Archive

Medical news from NEJM Journal Watch

July 20, 2017

By Kelly Young

Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH

Prenatal antidepressant use appears to be linked to a statistically higher risk for autism in offspring, suggests a study in The BMJ.

Autism rates were highest among 3300 Swedish …

By Joe Elia

Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH

The American Society of Clinical Oncology proposes addressing high drug prices with a handful of "modest experiments."

In a position statement, ASCO warns that specialty drugs …

July 19, 2017

By Joe Elia

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

The dramatic collapse of the Republican-led effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act set …

By Kelly Young

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

The FDA has approved a new drug combination to …

By Kristin J. Kelley

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

The FDA has approved neratinib (brand name, Nerlynx) for reducing the risk for breast cancer recurrence. The drug — the …

By Kelly Young

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

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that asymptomatic women should …

By the Editors

High-dose vitamin D supplements provide no advantage over standard doses in preventing viral upper respiratory tract infections in young children, according to …

By Joe Elia

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

Excessive weight gain during early to middle adulthood was associated with a variety of adverse consequences later in …

July 18, 2017

By Kelly Young

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

Eating a diet heavy in plants is associated with reduced coronary heart disease risk, provided they're the right plants, suggests a study in the Journal of the American College of …

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

A new meta-analysis in JAMA Internal Medicine may help ease patients' concerns about a previously reported link between vasectomy and prostate cancer.

The analysis included …

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

Interventions to reduce long-term opioid therapy in patients with chronic pain show some benefits, according to a review in the Annals of Internal Medicine, but the overall quality of …

July 17, 2017

By Kelly Young

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

Artificial sweeteners like aspartame and stevioside are not associated with reduced BMI and may pose some risks, suggests a meta-analysis in the Canadian Medical Association …

By Kelly Young

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

An experimental drug might prevent temporary, noise-induced hearing loss, suggests an industry-conducted, phase II study in the Lancet.

Over 80 participants were randomized to receive oral placebo …

July 15, 2017

July 14, 2017

By Kelly Young

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

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have released a set of …

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