Physician's First Watch Archive

Medical news from NEJM Journal Watch

December 10, 2016

December 9, 2016

By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Life expectancy at birth decreased from 78.9 years in 2014 to 78.8 years in 2015 — the first …

By Joe Elia

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

The 21st Century Cures Act passed the Senate overwhelmingly and is on its way for President Barack …

By Amy Orciari Herman

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

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy is urging healthcare providers, parents, and other adults to talk with children and adolescents about the dangers …

December 8, 2016

By Kelly Young

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

A pregnant Colombian woman who acquired the Zika virus had prolonged viremia, researchers report in the New England Journal of Medicine …

By Kristin J. Kelley

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

The FDA announced plans on Wednesday to consider making over-the-counter hearing aids available.

In addition, the FDA put …

By Kelly Young

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

Irritability, fear, and anxiety — as well as familial and social risk factors — may help predict depression in youth with a family …

December 7, 2016

By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Resident and intern service changes are associated with increased mortality among hospitalized patients, suggests a retrospective cohort study in JAMA.

Researchers studied 230,000 patient discharges from …

By Kelly Young

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

Half of children's noise-restricting headphones didn't limit volume as advertised, according to a test conducted …

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Some 27% of medical students have depression or depressive symptoms, according to a meta-analysis in JAMA.

Among the other findings, …

December 6, 2016

By Daniel Lindberg, MD

Dr. Lindberg is an associate editor with NEJM Journal Watch Emergency Medicine, from which this story was adapted. Full coverage is available to subscribers at the link below.

For patients with low-risk chest pain in the emergency department, shared decision-making using a web-based tool can …

By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Patients may ask about a study suggesting that pubic hair grooming is associated with increased risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The cross-sectional study is published in …

By Kelly Young

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

Ambulatory blood pressure readings were often higher than office-based readings in a cohort of healthy, employed U.S. adults, a Circulation study finds. …

By Kelly Young

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

People who consistently smoke less than one cigarette a day (but more than zero) still have a higher mortality risk than those …

December 5, 2016

By Kelly Young

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

Announcing that adolescents are due for human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination may be more effective than having a conversation with families, a Pediatrics study finds.

Thirty pediatric or family medicine …

By Kelly Young

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

The New York Times had a front-page article on Sunday about some of the severe side effects of cancer …

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