Physician's First Watch Archive

Medical news from NEJM Journal Watch

June 29, 2017

By Kelly Young

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD

Classification of melanoma in situ and early-stage invasive melanoma can vary among pathologists, according to a study in The BMJ.

Nearly 200 pathologists evaluated a set of at least …

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD

Use of low-dose aspirin lowers the risk for preeclampsia among women determined to be at high risk during first-trimester screening, according to a study presented at a meeting of the …

By Joe Elia

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD

In small, uncomplicated skin abscesses, the addition of antibiotics to usual treatment improves short-term outcomes, a New England Journal of Medicine study finds.

In a …

June 28, 2017

By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Two new trials in JAMA report mixed findings for acupuncture: One shows that acupuncture may help treat stress urinary incontinence, while the other shows no effect on infertility …

By the Editors

The FDA has taken numerous measures to help ensure the safety of compounded drugs in recent years, the agency's commissioner said on Monday. The FDA increased its oversight of compounding pharmacies …

June 27, 2017

By Joe Elia

Edited by Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that the Senate healthcare bill would increase the number of uninsured by 22 million over the next 10 years — …

By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) improve survival over conventional care in patients with either ischemic or nonischemic cardiomyopathy, finds a meta-analysis in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Last year's DANISH trial questioned …

By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Adding whole-genome sequencing to standard family history taking "reveals new molecular findings of uncertain clinical utility" and "may prompt additional clinical actions of unclear value," …

By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Adverse events related to personal care items spiked in 2016, according to a research letter in JAMA Internal Medicine …

By the Editors

Take a look at today's offering from NEJM Group:

NEJM Clinical Practice Center: Case Record: A 53-year-old woman was admitted to the hospital because …

By Joe Elia

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

An attempt to confirm the Institute of Medicine's 2002 conclusion that health insurance lengthens life expectancy proved difficult, according to an analysis …

June 26, 2017

By Amy Orciari Herman

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

There are now over 200,000 suspected cases of cholera in Yemen, with roughly 5,000 new cases …

By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Physical activity does not appear to protect against cognitive decline or dementia, according to a long-term study in The BMJ. Some prior research suggested …

June 24, 2017

June 23, 2017

By Amy Orciari Herman

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

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has updated its guidance on breast cancer screening in average-risk women to emphasize shared decision-making between the patient and provider. …

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