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Physician's First Watch Archive

Medical news from NEJM Journal Watch

November 25, 2014

By Kristin J. Kelley

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

Laparoscopic power morcellators should not be used for hysterectomies or to treat uterine fibroids in most women, because doing so could spread unsuspected cancer and decrease survival, the FDA warned on Tuesday. Roughly …

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has concluded that the current evidence is inadequate to weigh the benefits and harms of screening for vitamin D deficiency in community-dwelling, nonpregnant adults. …

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

Patients who begin antiretroviral therapy (ART) 1 year or less after onset of HIV infection are more likely to achieve normal CD4-cell counts — and thus have better outcomes …

By Kelly Young

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

The American Academy of Pediatrics has published a clinical report on how to manage atopic dermatitis in children. The guidance, which appears in …

By Jenni Whalen

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers tips for preventing dental caries, given the increasing prevalence among children aged 2 to 4 years.

Because …

November 24, 2014

By Larry Husten

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and André Sofair, MD, MPH

Two oral agents under development may help curb and prevent hyperkalemia, the common and serious side effect of drugs that inhibit the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system, according to two New England Journal of Medicine studies.

In a phase 3 study, researchers first randomized roughly 750 patients with hyperkalemia …

By Kelly Young

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and André Sofair, MD, MPH

The Endocrine Society has published new guidelines for diagnosing and treating Paget disease of the bone. The guidelines, published in the Journal of Clinical …

November 21, 2014

By Kelly Young

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

Undergoing magnetic resonance imaging may be painful for patients with cochlear implants, even when safety precautions are followed, according to a small …

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