Physician's First Watch

Physician's First Watch

Medical news from NEJM Journal Watch

April 24, 2017

April 22, 2017

April 21, 2017

By Amy Orciari Herman

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

The FDA has issued new warnings against using prescription codeine and tramadol in children and adolescents.

Reviewing adverse event reports from nearly 50 years, the agency found 64 reports...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Mammographic screening for breast cancer should not be discontinued solely based on patient age, suggests a JAMA Oncology research letter.

Researchers studied 5.7 million screening mammograms performed across...

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By Kelly Young

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

Artificially sweetened soft drinks, like diet soda, are associated with increased risk for stroke and dementia, according to an observational study in...

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April 20, 2017

By Kelly Young

Edited by Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM

Bicycling to work is associated with reduced risks for death and other adverse outcomes, according to...

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By Kelly Young

Edited by Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM

The CDC is emphasizing that clinicians not treat Shigella infection with antibiotics unless it is clinically indicated — for example, in patients who...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM

A research group proposes extending the screening interval for diabetic retinopathy in low-risk patients with type 1 diabetes. Currently, annual exams are recommended.

The researchers followed 1400 people with type 1...

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April 19, 2017

By Kelly Young

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

Adhering to the 2016 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force statin guidelines could result in 9 million fewer adults starting statins, compared with following the 2013 guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Dexamethasone may offer some relief for acute sore throat, a JAMA study finds.

Nearly 600 U.K. adults presenting to primary care with acute sore...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Three new studies suggest that antidepressant use during pregnancy doesn't lead to autism in offspring. However, maternal mental health could be a factor.

First, a JAMA Pediatrics meta-analysis of six case-control studies found that antidepressant use during pregnancy...

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April 18, 2017

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

Azithromycin does not seem to be associated with increased risk for ventricular arrhythmia, according to a case-control study in the Canadian Medical...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

Pregnant teenagers are more than twice as likely as their nonpregnant peers to report using marijuana, according to a research letter in the Annals of...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

All lots of Hyland's Baby Teething Tablets and Hyland's Baby Nighttime Teething Tablets are being recalled because the amount of...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

Use of a single high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T (hs-cTnT) measurement plus electrocardiogram can rule out acute myocardial infarction in patients who present to the emergency department with chest pain, according to an Annals of Internal...

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