Posts in the ‘What’s New’ Category

Ethical Challenges in Treating Family and Friends

Posted by Karen Buckley • September 25th, 2014

What do you do when: A neighbor wants a prescription to refill her daughter’s albuterol inhaler before her soccer game — which starts in two hours? A colleague asks for a prescription for fluoxetine because he has been feeling depressed since his divorce? Your father-in-law has been admitted to the hospital where you work following… Read More…

Take the Case Challenge: A Man with Diarrhea, Nausea, and Weight Loss

Posted by Karen Buckley • September 11th, 2014

A 29-year-old man was seen in the walk-in clinic because of diarrhea of 1 year’s duration and weight loss. Initial laboratory values included elevated hepatic aminotransferase levels and a ferritin level of 1716 ng per milliliter. A diagnostic procedure was performed. What is the diagnosis? What diagnostic tests are indicated? Read the case description. Then… Read More…

PARADIGM-HF: The Experts’ Discussion

Posted by Karen Buckley • September 4th, 2014

The PARADIGM-HF trial, presented last weekend at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Annual Congress and published in NEJM, suggests that neprilysin inhibition may replace ACE inhibition for the treatment of heart failure.  NEJM and ESC brought together the study co-chairs, John McMurray and Milton Packer, and cardiologists Mariell Jessup, Keith Fox, and Michel Komajda… Read More…

Benefits and Risks of Salt Consumption

Posted by Karen Buckley • August 19th, 2014

Are we bartering our own good health for the seductive flavor of salt?  View the latest NEJM Quick Take, which looks at all current guidelines and statistics regarding what we know about salt and cardiovascular disease and death related to salt consumption. NEJM Quick Takes are brief animations that summarize the key findings of an… Read More…

Visit NEJM.org for the Latest on the Ebola Outbreak

Posted by Karen Buckley • August 14th, 2014

Be sure to visit the NEJM Infectious Disease page, which brings together new and recent articles on Ebola, and features a healthmap that tracks publicly-reported, confirmed and suspected cases of Ebola throughout the world. The map is automatically updated to provide up-to-the-minute data on the outbreak. A new Perspective article from NIH’s Antony Fauci suggests… Read More…

Take the Case Challenge

Posted by Jennifer Zeis • July 10th, 2014

A 41-year-old man was admitted to the hospital in midsummer because of fever, rash, pancytopenia, and abnormal results of liver-function tests. What is the diagnosis? What diagnostic tests are indicated? Read the case description for the next Case Record of the Massachusetts General Hospital, and then vote and comment now on NEJM.org. In a few… Read More…

Apply for NEJM Editorial Fellowship

Posted by Karen Buckley • June 23rd, 2014

The Journal invites applications for a one-year, full-time, paid editorial fellowship beginning in July 2015 from medical professionals at any career stage.  Applications are due by September 1, 2014. The editorial fellow reviews and edits Images in Clinical Medicine submissions and organizes the Clinical Decisions series under the supervision of senior editors.  The fellow also… Read More…

Vote Now on Clinical Decisions: Genetic Testing

Posted by Karen Buckley • June 19th, 2014

A 45-year-old health conscious patient who has been with your primary care practice for several years mentions at a regular visit his three relatives with cancers of the breast, ovary, and prostate. He wants to know about genetic testing and any preventive measures he can take. Do you think he should receive genetic screening? If… Read More…

Test Your Skills with a New Interactive Medical Case

Posted by Karen Buckley • June 16th, 2014

The latest Interactive Medical Case presents a 64-year-old man with gait instability, visual changes, diffuse weakness, headaches, and worsening shortness of breath with activity. Test your diagnostic and therapeutic skills at NEJM.org. Interactive Medical Cases are online simulations based on a real patient’s experience of illness. You follow interactive steps through an evolving patient’s history,… Read More…

Take the Critical Care Challenge

Posted by Karen Buckley • June 12th, 2014

It is not uncommon for patients to have an expected death in an ICU. The final Critical Care Challenge is now open for your votes and comments: Twelve days after his subdural hematoma, it has become increasingly obvious that the patient is unlikely to make a functional recovery. What steps should be taken at this… Read More…