Physician's First Watch

Physician's First Watch

Medical news from NEJM Journal Watch

August 15, 2017

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...

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August 14, 2017

By the Editors

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

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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By the Editors

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

Talking to...

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By the Editors

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

To date, concern...

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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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By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD

Patients may ask about a widely reported study suggesting that marijuana use is associated with increased risk for death from hypertension. The findings appear in...

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August 9, 2017

By Amy Orciari Herman

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

The CDC, FDA, and state and local health departments are investigating an increase in Cyclospora infections...

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By Kelly Young

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

Colorectal cancer death rates among younger white Americans have been steadily increasing in recent years, according...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Music therapy seems no better than standard care alone in improving autism symptoms, according to an international trial in JAMA.

Over...

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