Physician's First Watch

Physician's First Watch

Medical news from NEJM Journal Watch

October 23, 2017

By Kelly Young

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

The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its recommendations on infection control and prevention for...

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By Kelly Young

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

The rate of drug overdose deaths in rural America has overtaken that of cities, according to data in MMWR.

Researchers examined survey and mortality...

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The FDA has approved a second vaccine to prevent herpes zoster in adults aged 50 and older, the manufacturer announced on Friday....

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October 21, 2017

October 20, 2017

By Kelly Young

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

The percentage of patients with newly diagnosed cancer who didn't have health insurance fell by a third in the first year after...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

The FDA has for the second time approved a gene therapy — this time, for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma,...

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By Kelly Young

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

The CDC has updated its guidance for managing infants with potential Zika infection in MMWR.

Among the changes...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

The Infectious Diseases Society of America has updated its 2001 guidelines on managing infectious diarrhea. Published in Clinical Infectious...

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October 19, 2017

By Joe Elia

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD

PCSK9 inhibitors, monoclonal antibodies that dramatically lower LDL levels, are priced far higher than what society is willing to pay for their benefits, according to reports and commentary in JAMA Cardiology.

One study used earlier work...

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Cardiology experts have issued an Expert Consensus Decision Pathway to help guide clinicians in assessing and...

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By Kelly Young

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD

Having women lie down during the second stage of labor after an epidural is associated with increased rates of spontaneous vaginal birth without an increase in complications, according to...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD

Injectable extended-release naltrexone (Vivitrol) appears to be as safe and effective as daily oral buprenorphine-naloxone for treating opioid dependence, according to a Norway-based, noninferiority trial...

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October 18, 2017

By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Direct oral anticoagulants do not pose higher risk for major bleeding than warfarin in patients with venous thromboembolism (VTE), according...

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By Kelly Young

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

The American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and nine other medical groups have issued the first-ever appropriate use criteria for treating severe aortic stenosis.

The...

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October 17, 2017

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD

Use of antidepressants is associated with increased risk for type 2 diabetes in young people, suggests a retrospective study in JAMA Pediatrics.

Using a Medicaid database,...

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