Physician's First Watch Archive

Medical news from NEJM Journal Watch

April 18, 2014

By Amy Orciari Herman

Over 50 complaints of electronic cigarette injuries were made to the FDA between March 2013 and March 2014 — roughly equivalent to the number seen in …

By the Editors

The FDA has approved Ragwitek to treat hay fever, with and without conjunctivitis, caused by …

By Cara Adler

An unapproved test that uses a new culture method for Borrelia burgdorferi could misdiagnose Lyme disease, CDC and FDA researchers warn in MMWR.

The test …

By Kelly Young

The FDA is discouraging clinicians from using laparoscopic power morcellation for uterine fibroids because the procedure can cause undiagnosed uterine cancer to spread, the agency announced on Thursday. It stopped short of banning the procedure.

An FDA analysis found that roughly 1 in …

April 17, 2014

By Amy Orciari Herman

A new scoring system based on five risk factors can predict which patients have uncomplicated ureteral stones and, ultimately, may reduce imaging use, a BMJ study finds.

Using a retrospective cohort of some …

By Kelly Young

A brief report in the New England Journal of Medicine describes the emergence of a new strain of Ebolavirus in Guinea.

The first suspected case is a 2-year-old child who died on …

By Joe Elia

Delayed cord clamping provides as much placental blood when the baby is placed on the mother's chest or abdomen as when it's held at the level of the vagina, according to a Lancet article.

In …

April 16, 2014

By Amy Orciari Herman

Chronic hypertension is associated with elevated risk for a range of adverse pregnancy outcomes, including nearly an eightfold relative risk for preeclampsia, a BMJ meta-analysis finds.

The analysis included 55 …