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Physician's First Watch Archive

Medical news from NEJM Journal Watch

May 6, 2015

By the Editors

The World Health Organization and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees have published new guidance for …

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Lorenzo Di Francesco, MD, FACP, FHM

All-cause mortality is 24% lower for Hispanics than non-Hispanic whites living in the U.S. — even …

By Richard T. Ellison III, MD

Dr. Ellison is deputy editor of NEJM Journal Watch Infectious Diseases, from which this story was adapted.

Oral administration of nontoxigenic Clostridium difficile spores reduces the risk for recurrent C. difficile infection (CDI), according to a small, industry-funded, phase …

May 5, 2015

By Larry Husten

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD

Digoxin is associated with an elevated mortality risk, according to a meta-analysis in the European Heart Journal.

Researchers examined 19 studies of digoxin, …

By Jenni Whalen

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD

Both games and practices pose a major concussion risk for young American football players, according to an observational study in JAMA Pediatrics …

By the Editors

There's not enough evidence to recommend use of electronic cigarettes as a tool for smoking cessation, the U.S. Preventive Services Task …

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD

Essure — a small coil implanted in a woman's fallopian tubes to make her permanently sterile — has driven thousands of customer complaints since its approval in 2002, the New York Times reports.

The …

By Kelly Young

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD

Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) is an effective treatment for recurrent Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), and short-term adverse events are rare, according to a …

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