Physician's First Watch

Physician's First Watch

Medical news from NEJM Journal Watch

July 27, 2016

By Cara Adler

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

Updated guidelines for diagnosing fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) have been published in Pediatrics. Sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism,...

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By Joe Elia

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

Early results from a randomized trial comparing robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy...

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By Joe Elia

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

In a test of a new payment model, hospitals in 98 randomly selected metropolitan areas will be...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

There's not enough evidence to weigh the benefits and harms of performing routine visual examinations to screen for skin cancer, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has concluded. The "I statement," which is consistent with the...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

The FDA has updated the labels of systemic fluoroquinolones (e.g., ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin) to note that they're associated with numerous serious...

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July 26, 2016

By Amy Orciari Herman

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

The CDC has updated two sets of guidelines aimed at preventing the spread of Zika virus and its adverse health effects.

The first is based on data indicating that Zika RNA can persist in the...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Obstetric care providers should counsel women prenatally about the potential for immediate placement of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) after childbirth, according to...

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By Joe Elia

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

Recommendations on managing chronic pain in survivors of adult cancer have been published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology....

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By Kelly Young

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

A policy encouraging women to delay pregnancy for 3–6 months during a Zika epidemic could paradoxically lead to more prenatal infections, according to a modeling study in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Using data on Zika cases...

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By the Editors

Envisioned a decade ago as our publishing group's "next small thing," Physician's First Watch has found a place...

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July 25, 2016

By the Editors

Take a look at what the NEJM Journal Watch bloggers are talking about right now:

Insights on Residency Training: What is resilience? Chief resident Jamie Riches reflects on a fellow resident's suicide...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Researchers at the Alzheimer Association's International Conference on Sunday proposed a new diagnosis that may precede mild cognitive impairment: mild behavioral impairment. MBI,...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Having a complex job that includes a high level of social engagement might help protect against Alzheimer disease, according to two studies presented on Sunday at the Alzheimer's Association's...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Behavioral activation may offer an effective, less expensive alternative to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for adults with depression, a Lancet study finds.

Some 400...

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July 23, 2016

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