Physician's First Watch

Physician's First Watch

Medical news from NEJM Journal Watch

March 15, 2017

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by Lorenzo Di Francesco, MD, FACP, FHM

Inpatient rehab appears to offer no benefit over a supervised home program for patients recovering from total knee arthroplasty, a JAMA study finds.

Some 165...

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March 14, 2017

By Kelly Young

Edited by Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD

Canadian patients with cystic fibrosis have a survival advantage over their U.S. counterparts, according to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine....

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By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD

Treatment with omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in patients with recent myocardial infarction is reasonable to prevent coronary heart disease (CHD) death, according to a new scientific...

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By Kelly Young

Edited by Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD

The CDC has expanded the time and area of concern for Zika risk in Florida around blood and tissue donation — particularly sperm.

Previously, blood and tissue...

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By Kelly Young

Edited by Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD

Statin intolerance following myocardial infarction (MI) is associated with increased risks for recurrent MI and coronary heart disease (CHD) events, according to a retrospective study in the Journal of the American College...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD

The American Diabetes Association has released its 2017 "Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes." An overview of the group's guidance on pharmacologic therapy for type 2 diabetes is available...

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March 13, 2017

By the Editors

First-year medical residents will be able to work 24-hour shifts again beginning July 1, putting their...

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By Kelly Young

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

The American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and other groups have published new appropriate use criteria for...

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March 11, 2017

March 10, 2017

By Kelly Young

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

The Zika virus may be tied to heart problems, suggests a small case...

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By Cara Adler

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

Roughly 1 in 8 sexually experienced youth aged 15 to 25 years who are on their parents health insurance don't...

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By Joe Elia

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

Patients starting renin-angiotensin system blockade who show even small rises in creatinine levels face increased cardiorenal risk, according to a cohort study in The BMJ.

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

The American College of Cardiology, in collaboration with several other medical groups, has issued the first U.S. guidelines on evaluating and managing...

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By the Editors

The International League Against Epilepsy has updated its system for classifying epilepsies. The new system is...

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March 9, 2017

By Kelly Young

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

The American Medical Association has come out against the Republicans' healthcare plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

The AMA specifically opposes the following elements of the American...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Balloon angioplasty devices have not been cleared to treat autonomic dysfunction, the FDA warned on Wednesday.

Some clinicians have...

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