Posts Tagged ‘NEJM QuickTake’

Antimicrobial Therapy for Intraabdominal Infection

Posted by • May 20th, 2015

When the paramedics wheeled Mr. L into the Emergency Department, you knew exactly what to do.  Low blood pressure: establish good IV access and start fluids. Fever of 102 and left lower quadrant abdominal pain: obtain blood cultures, order antibiotics, and get him to the CT scanner once his vitals stabilize. In medical school, you think… Read More…

Incentive Programs to Urge Smokers to Quit: Lessons from Behavioral Science

Posted by • May 13th, 2015

Many of the major public health issues currently threatening our population, including smoking and obesity, require lifestyle and behavioral changes. Effecting these changes in patients has been challenging, but a deeper understanding of the forces that drive human behavior could inspire the design of better programs leading to behavioral change. For example, behavioral scientists have… Read More…

Prednisolone or Pentoxifylline for Alcoholic Hepatitis

Posted by • April 22nd, 2015

Intern year, they say, is about learning to distinguish “sick” from “not sick.” As the intern on-call overnight, you call the Emergency Department physician for pass off on Mr. Jones; when you hear “46-year-old man with heavy alcohol use disorder presenting with new jaundice and mild confusion,” it takes you only a split second to recognize… Read More…

Effects of Red-Cell Storage Duration on Patients Undergoing Cardiac Surgery

Posted by • April 8th, 2015

“Age,” the great boxer Muhammad Ali famously said, “is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.” The role that aging plays in vitality, strength, and wisdom has long been debated, but more recently the question of whether younger is better has been raised about red blood cells.  Currently, blood… Read More…

Watch the Latest NEJM Quick Takes

Posted by • March 18th, 2015

There may be important new progress in the treatment of Crohn’s Disease. Watch the 1-minute Quick Take video summary of the phase 2 trial of Mongersen, an oligonucleotide that interferes with a signaling pathway involved in the pathogenesis of Crohn’s Disease. Also, read the full article and editorial. Watch other recent video summaries, including: CABG vs… Read More…

Two New NEJM Quick Takes – Watch them Now!

Posted by • December 22nd, 2014

The latest Quick Take animation, narrated by Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Drazen, summarizes a new study that explores the efficacy of a not-so-new but largely unknown over-the-counter medication for smoking cessation. In the randomized trial of smokers who called New Zealand’s national Quitline, cytisine (a partial nicotinic acetylcholine receptor agonist) was superior to nicotine-replacement therapy in helping… Read More…

New NEJM Quick Take on Lung Cancer Screening

Posted by • September 5th, 2013

A patient who is a former smoker is enrolled in a low-dose CT lung cancer screening program. A lung nodule is seen on her initial scan. What are the chances that this is a lung cancer? Watch the latest NEJM Quick Take, which gives an animated overview of a new report in which the authors used… Read More…