Physician's First Watch Archive

Medical news from NEJM Journal Watch

April 24, 2014

By Kristin J. Kelley

Injectable corticosteroids given via epidural to treat back and neck pain may cause "rare but serious" complications — paralysis, stroke, vision loss, and death …

By Amy Orciari Herman

One quarter of cardiovascular events among young cannabis users might be fatal, according to a small study in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Researchers examined 35 cardiovascular events (1.8% of roughly …

By Kelly Young

Vitamin D supplementation does not appear to reduce the risk for falls in older adults, a trial sequential analysis in the Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology finds. This is contrary to …

By Joe Elia

The problems brought to the fore by FDA approval of the extended-release opioid Zohydro are the focus of two perspectives in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The authors of the first write that the task of …

April 23, 2014

By Kristin J. Kelley

The FDA has approved ramucirumab (Cyramza) to treat unresectable or metastatic gastric or gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma. The drug, which works …

By Amy Orciari Herman

Children who meet clinical criteria for irritable bowel syndrome are four times as likely to have celiac disease as the general population, according to a JAMA Pediatrics article.

Researchers studied nearly 800 Italian children aged 4 to …

April 22, 2014