Physician's First Watch

Physician's First Watch

Medical news from NEJM Journal Watch

June 6, 2017

By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Quarter-dose antihypertensive therapy — that is, treatment using one fourth of a standard dose of one or more antihypertensive medications — may help control blood pressure with...

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By Kelly Young

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

Cirrhosis is associated with increased risk for stroke in older adults, according to a JAMA...

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By Kelly Young

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

Elders with persistent pain may be at increased risk for dementia, suggests a JAMA Internal Medicine study.

Researchers studied 10,000 community-dwelling adults aged...

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June 5, 2017

By Kelly Young

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

Biosimilar trastuzumab appears to have a similar effect on HER2-positive, early-stage breast cancer as standard trastuzumab (Herceptin), according...

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By Kelly Young

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

Oral fluid testing for marijuana impairment may be an effective tool for roadside sobriety tests, authors suggest...

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By Kelly Young

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

The combination of androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT), abiraterone, and prednisolone is associated with improved survival among patients with locally-advanced or metastatic prostate cancer, according to the industry-funded STAMPEDE trial presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's...

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June 3, 2017

June 2, 2017

By Kelly Young

Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH

A hospital laboratory in Idaho misidentified a type of Veillonella bacteria as Francisella tularensis, the bacteria that causes tularemia, in October, according to an MMWR article.

A patient presented with...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH

HIV-discordant couples — in which only one partner is HIV-infected — have several options for attempting to conceive while minimizing the uninfected partner's risk, the CDC reports in MMWR.

When the woman is HIV-positive, the couple can use...

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By Kelly Young

Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH

Prenatal antidepressant use is associated with increased risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in offspring, but the elevated risk might not be caused by the drugs, suggests a study in The...

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June 1, 2017

By the Editors

The antibiotic minocycline might help prevent progression to multiple sclerosis in patients with an isolated demyelinating event, a New England Journal of...

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By Kelly Young

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

The combination of sofosbuvir, velpatasvir, and voxilaprevir is effective for hepatitis C in patients with virologic failure after direct-acting antiviral agent (DAA) treatment, according to two phase 3, industry-funded trials in the...

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By Kristin J. Kelley

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

The FDA has approved the first generic version...

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May 31, 2017

By the Editors

Only about one out of every five birth defects has an identifiable cause, according to a cohort study in The BMJ.

Using...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Weight loss interventions for children may be just as effective when only parents attend treatment sessions as when children...

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