Physician's First Watch

Physician's First Watch

Medical news from NEJM Journal Watch

April 18, 2017

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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By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine, in a new position statement, says the school day for middle and high school students should...

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April 14, 2017

By Cara Adler

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

Fentanyl was detected in nearly two-thirds of people who died from opioid overdose in southeastern Massachusetts from October 2014 through March 2015, according to an MMWR article....

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

The Texas Department of State Health Services is reporting the state's highest number of mumps cases in more...

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By Joe Elia

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

President Trump signed legislation on...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Short-term use of oral corticosteroids is associated with increased risks for sepsis, venous thromboembolism (VTE), and fracture, according...

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April 13, 2017

By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Persistent opioid use after surgery is common for both minor and major procedures, a JAMA Surgery study finds.

Using a large...

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By Joe Elia

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

Banning the use of trans-fatty acids in some New York counties coincided with a decline...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

A new study adds to evidence that rivaroxaban is a safe and effective alternative to warfarin in patients with unprovoked venous...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

The FDA has approved valbenazine (Ingrezza) capsules to treat adults with tardive dyskinesia. The vesicular monoamine...

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By the Editors

Two new studies in the New England Journal of Medicine examine rates of diabetes in youths and mortality outcomes in diabetes over recent decades.

In the first study, researchers found that the incidence of type 1 and type...

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April 12, 2017

By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Your patients and colleagues may be talking about reports of rat lungworm disease in...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Spinal manipulation improves pain and function in adults with acute low back pain, although the effects are "clinically modest," according to...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

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

Vascular risk factors in middle age are associated with elevated brain amyloid deposition in later life — adding evidence for a role...

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