Physician's First Watch Archive

Medical news from NEJM Journal Watch

February 13, 2016

By the Editors

Here are some of the Zika-related developments this week:

  • The World Health Organization on Friday recommended that pregnant women consider delaying travel to regions …

February 12, 2016

By Kelly Young

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

Here are the latest stories on the Zika virus:

  • Brazil has linked three adult deaths to suspected complications from Zika, Reuters reports. One case had respiratory problems.

  • The continental …

By Cara Adler

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

Differences in self-reported HIV-related risk behaviors alone do not account for the disproportionately higher incidence of HIV infection among black compared to white and Hispanic …

By Kelly Young

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

A recent diagnosis of asthma is associated with higher risk for rupture in older patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), according to an observational study in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis …

February 11, 2016

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, FASAM

Over half of patients undergoing elective resection for diverticulitis do so earlier than guidelines recommend, according to a retrospective study in …

By Kelly Young

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, FASAM

The Zika virus has been observed in the brain tissue of fetuses with microcephaly in several case reports published Wednesday. In the New England Journal of Medicine, editorialists say the …

By the Editors

The American Epilepsy Society has published new recommendations on managing convulsive …

By Kelly Young

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, FASAM

An analysis of completed physician-assisted suicides in patients with psychiatric disorders suggests that physicians frequently disagreed about whether the patient met criteria for assistance in dying. Findings from the Dutch …

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