Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Q&A: Should I still bother to get a flu shot?

Sunday, February 7, 2016, 3:00 AM
Q: Should I still bother to get a flu shot? A: Getting a flu vaccine each season is the best way to protect yourself against influenza (commonly known as the flu). Though nearly everyone over 6 months should be vaccinated, it's especially important to immunize young children, the elderly, and pregnant... Read more

Medical Mystery: Treatment-resistant mouth sores

Sunday, February 7, 2016, 3:00 AM
A 55-year-old man came to an oral health clinic after suffering from mouth sores for two months. The sores covered his tongue, top and bottom, as well as his lips and the insides of his cheeks, making it hard to eat much of anything. Not surprisingly, he was losing weight. Soon after the mouth sores... Read more

What to do until single-payer plan?

Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 4:44 PM
This week Bloomberg News reported that the consultancy DRX found drug prices have continued rising at an annual rate of more than 10 percent, even after the leading Republican candidate and both Democrats in the primaries blast pharma for such greed. Although political and media attention has focused... Read more

Report: Medical boards overlook doctors’ sexual misconduct

Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 2:11 PM
State medical boards are supposed to stop dangerous doctors from practicing, but these regulatory bodies are failing to take action against many doctors who committed some form of sexual misconduct against their patients, according to a new study by the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen. The... Read more

Temple study: Taming teen risk-taking

Monday, February 1, 2016, 4:12 PM
Temple University researchers have already shown that teens make riskier decisions when they’re with peers than they do when they’re alone. But they wondered what would happen to decision-making if they added a slightly older person to the mix. So did the U.S. Army Medical Research and... Read more

Protect patients from medical harm with strong legislation

Monday, February 1, 2016, 2:07 PM
Over the past year a number of egregious safety failures at the FDA’s medical device section have highlighted a dangerous threat to unsuspecting patients across our nation. Federal reports and discussions on the floor of congress are great. But a practical solution needs to be proposed and... Read more

Medical Mystery: Weakness, numbness, tingling in man

Sunday, January 31, 2016, 3:00 AM
A 70-year-old Philadelphia man came to the hospital complaining of muscle weakness and other mysterious symptoms. He had been spending the winter in Florida, but was concerned enough about his health that he came home to see his personal physician. Two weeks earlier, he started developing severe nausea... Read more

High drug prices in the context of a botched health care system

Friday, January 29, 2016, 12:49 PM
The problem of unaffordable drugs can only be adequately addressed within a comprehensive, health care program. The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, fails to provide even a start on achieving a health care program capable of meeting the overarching goals of access, affordability and quality. According... Read more

A skeptical take on quit-smoking drug Chantix

Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 3:59 PM
Soon after Pfizer Inc.’s quit-smoking pill Chantix debuted in 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration began receiving reports of severe psychiatric disturbances in people taking it, including suicides, other kinds of self-harm, and violence. The troubling link led to prominent warnings on... Read more

CHOP treats blood disorder with gene therapy in dogs

Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 10:31 AM
Researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia report that they have corrected a rare blood disorder in dogs by administering a single injection of gene therapy. The condition, called factor VII deficiency, occurs naturally in dogs and also strikes humans, causing spontaneous bleeds in the gastrointestinal... Read more
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Check Up is a blog for savvy health consumers, covering the latest developments, discoveries, and debates from the Philadelphia area and beyond.

Portions of this blog may also be found in the Inquirer's Sunday Health Section.

Charlotte Sutton Health and Science Editor, Philadelphia Inquirer
Tom Avril Inquirer Staff Writer, heart health and general science
Stacey Burling Inquirer Staff Writer, neuroscience and aging
Marie McCullough Inquirer Staff Writer, cancer and women's health
Don Sapatkin Inquirer Staff Writer, public health
David Becker, M.D. Board certified cardiologist, Chestnut Hill Temple Cardiology
Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. President, Institute for Safe Medication Practices
Daniel R. Hoffman, Ph.D. President, Pharmaceutical Business Research Associates
Hooman Noorchashm, M.D., Ph.D. Cardiothoracic surgeon in the Philadelphia area
Amy J. Reed, M.D., Ph.D. Anesthesiologist and Surgical Intensivist in the Philadelphia Area
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