Physician's First Watch Archive

Medical news from NEJM Journal Watch

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

Here are today's hand-picked selections from NEJM Group:

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

August 12, 2017

August 11, 2017

By Kelly Young

Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH

The FDA is recommending that clinicians closely follow patients who've had liquid-filled intragastric balloon systems placed to treat obesity.

The …

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH

There's not enough evidence to change the CDC's 2006 recommendation for annual HIV screening of asymptomatic men who have sex with men (MSM), according to a report in MMWR.

To examine the benefits of screening MSM every 3 or 6 months, …

By the Editors

President Trump on Thursday declared the U.S. opioid crisis a national emergency, Reuters reports.

Talking to …

By the Editors

New research, reported in Science, may help pave the way for transplanting organs from pigs into humans.

To date, concern …

August 10, 2017

By Kelly Young

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD

The prevalence of high-risk drinking and alcohol use disorder increased sharply over a decade, constituting a public health crisis, a JAMA Psychiatry study concludes.

Two surveys taken in 2001–2002 and 2012–2013 asked …

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