Physician's First Watch

Physician's First Watch

Medical news from NEJM Journal Watch

July 11, 2017

July 10, 2017

By Amy Orciari Herman

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

The FDA has approved L-glutamine oral powder (Endari) to treat sickle disease in patients aged 5 years and older. It's the first sickle cell...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Gonorrhea resistant to last-resort antibiotics has been found in two-thirds of countries with available data, the World Health Organization said...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Adolescents who self-harm are more likely to experience a wide range of psychosocial problems in adulthood, according to a Lancet Child & Adolescent Health study.

Nearly 1700...

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By the Editors

The Department of Health and Human Services on Friday...

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July 7, 2017

By Kelly Young

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

The reduction in cancer deaths in rural America has not kept pace with reductions in big cities, although...

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By Kelly Young

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

Opioid prescribing fell nationally between 2010 and 2015, but there are still pockets of high prescribing, according to an MMWR article.

Based on estimates of...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

The association between benzodiazepine use and mortality — if one exists — may be smaller than previously reported, according to a retrospective cohort study in The BMJ....

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July 6, 2017

By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Rates of sudden death in patients with heart failure declined significantly over the past two decades, finds a...

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By Kelly Young

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

Addition of azithromycin is associated with fewer asthma exacerbations in patients on dual maintenance therapy, according to a Lancet study.

Over 400 adults with symptomatic...

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July 5, 2017

By Kelly Young

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

Proton-pump inhibitor use is associated with increased mortality risk, finds a study in BMJ Open.

Using data from the U.S. Department...

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By Kelly Young

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

Insulin degludec is associated with lower hypoglycemia rates than insulin glargine U100 in patients with diabetes, according to two industry-funded studies in JAMA.

Researchers enrolled roughly...

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By Kelly Young

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

The incidence of multiply recurrent Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) increased faster than regular C. difficile infections in recent years, a study in...

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By Kelly Young

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

Some over-the-counter sound amplification devices are nearly as effective as prescription hearing...

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