Physician's First Watch Archive

Medical news from NEJM Journal Watch

August 17, 2017

By Kelly Young

Edited by Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM

The proprotein convertase subtilisin-kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitor evolocumab is not associated with declines in cognitive function, according to an industry-funded …

By Kristin J. Kelley

Edited by Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM

Thirteen lots of the anxiety medication lorazepam (oral concentrate, USP 2 mg/mL) …

By the Editors

Drug overdose deaths among adolescents are climbing again, suggests new CDC data.

From 1999 to …

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM

Electrotherapy and acupuncture might help decrease opioid use for pain relief after total knee arthroplasty, according to a meta-analysis in JAMA Surgery. …

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM

Use of peanut immunotherapy combined with a probiotic is associated with long-lasting peanut tolerance in allergic children, according to a follow-up study in the Lancet Child …

August 16, 2017

By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Nearly all patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection treated with glecaprevir-pibrentasvir achieved sustained virologic response after 12 weeks …

By the Editors

Fleas in two counties in northern Arizona have tested positive …

By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Gabapentinoids, increasingly used for chronic low back pain, offer little benefit and carry substantial risks in this setting, finds a systematic review …

August 15, 2017

By the Editors

The number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen has reached 500,000, the World Health Organization announced on Monday. Nearly …

By the Editors

The American Society of Clinical Oncology has updated its 2015 guidelines on systemic therapy for patients with …

By Kelly Young

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

Evidence is limited on the benefits of cannabis use for treating chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder, according to two reviews in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

The review on chronic pain included 75 studies that examined the …

August 14, 2017

By the Editors

One lot of pravastatin tablets (40 mg, 30-tablet bottles) manufactured by International Laboratories, LLC has …

By Kelly Young

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

The World Health Organization has determined that polio still constitutes a public health emergency of international concern.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Pakistan, …

By the Editors

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NEJM Clinical Practice Center: Migraine management includes identification and modification of exacerbating factors, treatment for …

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