Physician's First Watch

Physician's First Watch

Medical news from NEJM Journal Watch

June 21, 2017

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 pediatric patients aged 6 years and older be screened for obesity. The...

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By the Editors

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

Carriers of the BRCA mutation have a...

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June 20, 2017

By Kelly Young

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

Use of buprenorphine and naltrexone has not kept pace with the increase in opioid use among youth, according to a JAMA Pediatrics...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Yoga could be as effective as physical therapy for treating low back pain, a noninferiority trial in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests.

Some 300 mostly...

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June 19, 2017

By Kelly Young

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD

Race, ethnicity, and poverty are associated with increased risk for elderly inpatients being discharged against physicians' recommendations, a study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society finds.

Using...

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By Kelly Young

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD

Antibiotic stewardship programs are effective in lowering the incidence of drug-resistant bacterial infections and colonization in hospitals, according to a meta-analysis in the Lancet Infectious Diseases.

Researchers analyzed...

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By Kelly Young

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD

The American College of Rheumatology and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons have released new guidelines on managing the...

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June 17, 2017

June 16, 2017

By Kelly Young

Edited by William E. Chavey, MD, MS

The American Heart Association has reaffirmed its recommendation that people replace dietary saturated fats with unsaturated fats.

After reviewing recent studies, the group concluded...

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By Cara Adler

Edited by William E. Chavey, MD, MS

Use of unproven treatments for patients given a diagnosis of "chronic Lyme disease" can cause serious adverse events, including death, according to an MMWR...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by William E. Chavey, MD, MS

Horse-riding and music-and-rhythm therapies may help improve function and perceived recovery in patients years after they've experienced a stroke, suggests a study in...

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June 15, 2017

By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Overweight and obese women are at increased risk for having infants with congenital malformations — and the higher their body-mass index, the greater the...

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By Kelly Young

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

Over a third of heater-cooler devices used in bypass surgery may be contaminated with Mycobacterium chimaera, potentially putting patients at risk,...

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June 14, 2017

By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Exposure to high levels of aircraft noise at night may be associated with increased risk for hypertension,...

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