Physician's First Watch

Physician's First Watch

Medical news from NEJM Journal Watch

October 16, 2017

By Amy Orciari Herman

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

The need for a home sleep apnea test must be determined using the patient's medical history plus a face-to-face (in-person or telemedicine) exam by...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Nearly 40% of U.S. adults were obese in 2015–2016, according to data from the CDC's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The prevalence among...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

For patients with acute respiratory tract infection, using procalcitonin levels to guide treatment decisions can reduce antibiotic use and improve survival, finds a meta-analysis in the Lancet Infectious Diseases. High procalcitonin levels can...

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October 14, 2017

By the Editors

Here is the most clicked-on article we featured from NEJM Group this week, in...

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October 13, 2017

By the Editors

The FDA has cleared the Magnetom Terra, the first seven-tesla (7T) magnetic resonance...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Nearly a third of ophthalmologists' time with patients is spent using their electronic health record (EHR), according to...

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By Kelly Young

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

Vaccination coverage of U.S. kindergartners is holding relatively high, according to a study in MMWR.

During the 2016–17 school year, 94–95% of kindergartners...

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By Joe Elia

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

President Trump has ordered the secretaries of the Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services to expand access to insurance...

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October 12, 2017

By Kelly Young

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

Taking iron supplements every other day instead of daily is associated with increased iron absorption in women with low iron levels, suggests a small study...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Two investigational vaccines against Ebola virus safely provoked immune responses in a large group of Liberian adults, according...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

For patients who are overdue in completing a home fecal immunochemical testing (FIT) kit, live phone call reminders may be more...

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October 11, 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 has expanded the age range of patients who should receive behavioral...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Stopping behavioral interventions aimed at reducing inappropriate antibiotic prescribing might cause a rebound in prescribing rates, suggests a follow-up study in JAMA...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Young patients with type 1 diabetes may experience fewer disease complications with insulin pump therapy than with multiple daily injections, according to an...

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By Kelly Young

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

Epidural analgesia does not prolong the second stage of labor relative to placebo, according to a trial in Obstetrics

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