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Physician's First Watch Archive

Medical news from NEJM Journal Watch

August 21, 2014

By the Editors

The FDA has approved eliglustat (Cerdelga) to treat …

By Kelly Young

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD

An experimental treatment resulted in 100% survival in primates infected with Marburg virus, a filovirus — like Ebola — that causes hemorrhagic fever, according to a study in Science …

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD

Patients may ask about a study suggesting that minor respiratory infections are associated with increased stroke risk in children. The retrospective analysis appears in Neurology.

Using data from …

By Joe Elia

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD

Four brief NEJM perspectives examine the current Ebola epidemic, which is the largest and longest-lived on record.

One of the three clinically oriented contributions describes the World Health Organization's declaration of a public health emergency and its implications. Another offers information on drugs that have shown activity …

August 20, 2014

By Larry Husten

Edited by Lorenzo Di Francesco, MD, FACP, FHM

Acute use of the popular macrolide antibiotic clarithromycin has been linked to a small but significant increase in cardiac death, according to a BMJ study.

Using Danish registries, researchers analyzed the effects …

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by Lorenzo Di Francesco, MD, FACP, FHM

An intervention that combines free smoking cessation medication with automated telephone calls can help smokers quit after hospital discharge, a JAMA study finds.

Some 400 hospitalized smokers who wanted …

By Kelly Young

Edited by Lorenzo Di Francesco, MD, FACP, FHM

Pulse oximetry should not be the sole factor in deciding whether to admit an infant presenting with bronchiolitis, the authors of a JAMA study suggest. …

By Larry Husten

Edited by Lorenzo Di Francesco, MD, FACP, FHM

An analysis in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology adds to the debate around recent guidelines that recommend raising the therapeutic target for systolic blood pressure in patients aged 60 and older, from 140 mm Hg to 150 mm Hg.

Researchers performed …

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