Physician's First Watch Archive

Medical news from NEJM Journal Watch

February 28, 2017

By Kelly Young

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

The World Health Organization has listed 12 families of bacteria that "pose the greatest threat to human health" because of resistance to …

By Kelly Young

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

A retrospective study in JAMA Pediatrics finds little benefit to early preventive dental care provided by clinicians.

Using Medicaid claims data, researchers compared roughly 5000 children who …

By Joe Elia

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

Clinicians need to prepare for new rules mandating more careful use of advanced cardiac imaging, according to an Annals of Internal Medicine …

By Kelly Young

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

Everyday exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) through household appliances and tools could theoretically interfere with pacemakers, suggests a research letter in Circulation.

German …

February 27, 2017

By Kelly Young

Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers new guidance for clinicians on treating adolescents who've been sexually abused.

In Pediatrics, the group …

By Kelly Young

Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH

The number of drug overdose deaths in the U.S. has more than doubled since 1999 — from 6.1 to 16 per 100,000 population. Specifically, recent increases have been seen in deaths from heroin and …

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NEJM Clinical Practice Center: Chlamydial infection may result in pelvic inflammatory disease, …

By Kristin J. Kelley

Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH

The FDA cleared two tests late last week for guiding treatment decisions in patients with infections.

The agency granted market clearance for a blood test (the PhenoTest BC Kit) that identifies the cause of bacterial or yeast blood infections. …

February 25, 2017

February 24, 2017

By Kelly Young

Edited by William E. Chavey, MD, MS

Deep brain stimulation might one day be a feasible treatment for chronic anorexia nervosa, suggests a small, open-label trial in the Lancet Psychiatry.

Sixteen adult women with …

By Kelly Young

Edited by William E. Chavey, MD, MS

All women who are pregnant or are considering becoming pregnant should be offered carrier screening for cystic fibrosis and spinal muscular atrophy and a …

February 23, 2017

By Joe Elia

Edited by William E. Chavey, MD, MS

Patients with prediabetes were less likely to have developed type 2 diabetes after 3 years' treatment with liraglutide than with placebo, according to a Lancet …

By Mark S. Link, MD

Dr. Link is deputy editor with NEJM Journal Watch Cardiology, from which this story was adapted. Full coverage is available at the link below.

Patients with conventional pacemakers or implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) who underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) generally …

By Kelly Young

Edited by William E. Chavey, MD, MS

The American Diabetes Association has updated its guideline on diagnosing and managing diabetic retinopathy in Diabetes Care.

Changes since the group's …

February 22, 2017

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

New findings from the NIH-supported "Testosterone Trials" offer a mixed take on the potential role of testosterone therapy in older men.

In the trials, men aged 65 and older with serum testosterone below 275 ng/dL plus sexual or physical dysfunction or reduced vitality were randomized to use testosterone gel (1%) or placebo for 1 year.

Among the findings, as reported …

By Kelly Young

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

An international panel convened by The BMJ strongly recommends against using low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) in patients with fracture or osteotomy because the device doesn't …

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