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Physician's First Watch

Physician's First Watch

Medical news from NEJM Journal Watch

April 25, 2014

By Joe Elia

A broader range of tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, would be covered by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act under a new FDA proposal. This would put FDA-mandated age restrictions on...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

Recent measles outbreaks in California and New York highlight the need to know both the signs of the disease and appropriate infection control measures, writes a pediatric infectious disease specialist in the Annals of Internal...

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By Kelly Young

The Cleveland Clinic and the University of Pennsylvania Health System are joining the list of hospitals that will temporarily stop performing morcellation to...

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By the Editors

The FDA has approved the first human papillomavirus DNA test for women aged 25 and older that can be used...

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April 24, 2014

By Kristin J. Kelley

Injectable corticosteroids given via epidural to treat back and neck pain may cause "rare but serious" complications — paralysis, stroke, vision loss, and death...

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By Amy Orciari Herman

One quarter of cardiovascular events among young cannabis users might be fatal, according to a small study in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Researchers examined 35 cardiovascular events (1.8% of roughly...

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By Kelly Young

Vitamin D supplementation does not appear to reduce the risk for falls in older adults, a trial sequential analysis in the Lancet Diabetes

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By Joe Elia

The problems brought to the fore by FDA approval of the extended-release opioid Zohydro are the focus of two perspectives in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The authors of the first write that the task of...

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