Physician's First Watch

Physician's First Watch

Medical news from NEJM Journal Watch

March 2, 2017

By Kelly Young

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD

Avian influenza in China has undergone mutations that could make it highly pathogenic in poultry, the World Health Organization reports.

The agency details...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD

Over $800 million is needed each year to pay for "badly needed research" into novel antibacterials to treat drug-resistant tuberculosis, WHO Director-General...

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By the Editors

Levothyroxine treatment of pregnant women with subclinical thyroid disease does not improve cognition in offspring, according to findings reported in...

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March 1, 2017

By Anna Wald, MD, MPH

Dr. Wald is an associate editor with NEJM Journal Watch Women's Health, from which this story was adapted. Full coverage is available at the link below.

Treating pregnant women with oseltamivir...

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By Kelly Young

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

Antithrombotic medications are associated with increased risk for subdural hematoma, with vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) carrying the highest relative risk, according...

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By Kelly Young

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

After decades of declining colorectal cancer rates, the disease appears to be increasing in younger adults, suggests a study in the...

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By the Editors

Here are today's selections from NEJM Group:

NEJM Clinical Practice Center: Images in clinical medicine: A 5-year-old boy presented with nausea, vomiting,...

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By F. Bruder Stapleton, MD

Dr. Stapleton is the editor-in-chief of NEJM Journal Watch Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, from which this story was adapted. Full coverage is available at the link below.

Roughly 8 years after a childhood diabetes diagnosis, 72% of patients...

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February 28, 2017

By Kelly Young

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

The World Health Organization has listed 12 families of bacteria that "pose the greatest threat to human health" because of resistance to...

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By Kelly Young

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

A retrospective study in JAMA Pediatrics finds little benefit to early preventive dental care provided by clinicians.

Using Medicaid claims data, researchers compared roughly 5000 children who...

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By Joe Elia

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

Clinicians need to prepare for new rules mandating more careful use of advanced cardiac imaging, according to an Annals of Internal Medicine...

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By Kelly Young

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

Everyday exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) through household appliances and tools could theoretically interfere with pacemakers, suggests a research letter in Circulation.

German...

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February 27, 2017

By Kelly Young

Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers new guidance for clinicians on treating adolescents who've been sexually abused.

In Pediatrics, the group...

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By Kelly Young

Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH

The number of drug overdose deaths in the U.S. has more than doubled since 1999 — from 6.1 to 16 per 100,000 population. Specifically, recent increases have been seen in deaths from heroin and...

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By the Editors

Check out the latest offerings from NEJM Group:

NEJM Clinical Practice Center: Chlamydial infection may result in pelvic inflammatory disease,...

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By Kristin J. Kelley

Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH

The FDA cleared two tests late last week for guiding treatment decisions in patients with infections.

The agency granted market clearance for a blood test (the PhenoTest BC Kit) that identifies the cause of bacterial or yeast blood infections....

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February 25, 2017

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