Physician's First Watch Archive

Medical news from NEJM Journal Watch

July 29, 2016

By the Editors

The FDA is requesting that all blood establishments in two Florida counties (Miami-Dade and Broward) "cease collecting blood immediately" …

By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Roughly one-fourth of U.S. adults are living with two or more chronic conditions, according to an …

By Kristin J. Kelley

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

The FDA has approved lixisenatide (Adlyxin) as an adjunct to diet and exercise for treating adults with …

By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Calls to U.S. poison centers for exposures to the botanical kratom rose 10-fold between 2010 and 2015, according to a report …

July 28, 2016

By Joe Elia

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD

Researchers make a case for incorporating a drug's indication in clinicians' prescriptions in an essay in the …

By Joe Elia

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD

Bariatric surgery for severe obesity is associated with higher risks for bone fracture as well as a changed pattern in fracture sites, a study in The BMJ finds. …

By the Editors

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is offering a new feature on its Hospital Compare website: …

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD

A miscarriage associated with Zika virus infection is described in a letter in the New England Journal of Medicine.

A woman who was 10 weeks pregnant …

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD

Engaging in about an hour of brisk walking or other moderate-intensity activity each day can negate the increased mortality risk associated with sitting for prolonged periods, suggests a meta-analysis in Lancet's physical activity …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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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