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Physician's First Watch Archive

Medical news from NEJM Journal Watch

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 …

By Joe Elia

The genetic polymorphism APOE4 is associated with a higher risk for Alzheimer disease among female carriers than among males, according …

By Kelly Young

Cerebral radiolabeled-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) PET scans may be helpful in predicting long-term outcomes in patients with severe brain injury, according to a Lancet study. …

By Kristin J. Kelley

The FDA has approved Grastek, a second sublingual immunotherapy to treat grass pollen allergies. (The first sublingual …

By Kristin J. Kelley

The FDA has approved albiglutide (marketed as Tanzeum), a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist, for use along with diet and exercise to treat adults with type …

April 15, 2014

By Joe Elia

A scoring system to measure a patient's delirium severity, based on the widely used Confusion Assessment Method (or CAM), shows promise as an indicator of clinical outcome, according to …

By Amy Orciari Herman

The International League Against Epilepsy has updated the clinical definition of epilepsy, bringing the term "in concordance with common use," according to an Epilepsia article. …

By Amy Orciari Herman

Older adults often choose to stop using benzodiazepines when they're educated about the drugs' risks and offered a tapering schedule, a JAMA Internal Medicine study finds.

Some 30 Montreal-based pharmacies were randomized to provide …

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