Physician's First Watch

Physician's First Watch

Medical news from NEJM Journal Watch

April 26, 2017

By Kelly Young

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

Obesity is associated with four times the risk for developing type 2 diabetes among children...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

For patients undergoing noncardiac surgery, a postoperative high-sensitivity troponin T (hsTnT) measurement of 20 ng/L or higher is associated...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is...

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By Joe Elia

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

In patients with a positive fecal immunochemical test (FIT), delays in follow-up colonoscopy seem safe only...

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April 25, 2017

By Kelly Young

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

Exercise appears to benefit cognition in adults middle-aged and older, finds a meta-analysis in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Researchers studied the effects...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the American Epilepsy Society have published guidance on sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP)....

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By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

A simple cardiac score can safely risk-stratify patients presenting to the emergency department with chest pain — and may lead to substantial cost-savings — suggests an Annals of Internal Medicine study.

After a period of usual care, nine...

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April 24, 2017

By the Editors

Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adams, a nurse with a doctorate, has become...

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By Kelly Young

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

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has released new recommendations on using hormone therapy to treat primary ovarian...

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By Kelly Young

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

The American Association for Thoracic Surgery has released new guidelines for managing empyema.

Among the recommendations, published in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery:

  • When pneumonia...

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By Kristin J. Kelley

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

The FDA late last week OK'd the second...

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April 22, 2017

April 21, 2017

By Amy Orciari Herman

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

The FDA has issued new warnings against using prescription codeine and tramadol in children and adolescents.

Reviewing adverse event reports from nearly 50 years, the agency found 64 reports...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Mammographic screening for breast cancer should not be discontinued solely based on patient age, suggests a JAMA Oncology research letter.

Researchers studied 5.7 million screening mammograms performed across...

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