Wednesday, September 2, 2015

E-cigs produce hazardous chemicals

Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 12:37 PM
Adding to the drumbeat of concern over e-cigarettes: The nonprofit Center for Environmental Health today announced that most of the 97 e-cigs and other “vaping’’ products it recently had tested are not as safe as many consumers think. In fact, the group claims, some widely used products... Read more

Riding a bike is good for you, but it can be dangerous

Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 4:04 PM
A new report, published in Tuesday’s Journal of the American Medical Association, found that bike injuries are up since 1998 and older riders are getting hurt in larger numbers. The University of California, San Francisco, study was based on emergency department data from 1998 to 2013, so only... Read more

Penn team finds a source for chemo nausea in the brain

Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 12:05 PM
The nausea that cancer patients sometimes experience after chemotherapy can make the treatment feel worse than the disease. New research from a University of Pennsylvania team looks at the role the brain plays in the nausea and vomiting that follow treatment with cisplatin, a type of chemo used in... Read more

In Phila., orange is the new air

Monday, August 31, 2015, 3:00 PM
In addition to sweating temperatures in the 90s on Tuesday, Philadelphians may find it tough to breathe. Forecasters are predicting a “code orange” air-quality day based on levels of ground-level ozone, which is a chief component of smog. That means people with asthma and the elderly should... Read more

A lifesaving drug – when it is used

Monday, August 31, 2015, 1:42 PM
Today Gov. Wolf announced that police in Pennsylvania have used the drug naloxone to reverse 289 overdoses of opioids, mostly prescription drugs and heroin. What that announcement didn’t point out, though, is that many police agencies still aren’t using the drug, nearly a year after they... Read more

As temperatures drop, heart attacks rise

Monday, August 31, 2015, 9:48 AM
If you’re tempted to complain about this week’s heat wave, consider this: In really cold weather, your blood pressure rises and your body has to work harder to stay warm, which can place a strain on your heart. A study presented Sunday at the European Society of Cardiology meeting found... Read more

How much to cut drug prices?

Monday, August 31, 2015, 5:30 AM
On August 20, the Kaiser Family Foundation published the latest results from its poll that tracks health care opinions among American consumers. The pollsters found that only slightly more than four in 10 respondents (42 percent) have a positive view of pharma companies. That ranks the pharma industry... Read more

Medical mystery: What's causing terrible abdominal pain?

Sunday, August 30, 2015, 6:00 AM
A 77-year-old woman came to Crozer-Chester Medical Center suffering from severe abdominal pain. She was a heavy smoker but did not have any other known major health concerns that could be causing the pain. The emergency department physician ordered a CT scan to see what could be causing her distress... Read more

Getting sleep back on track for school

Sunday, August 30, 2015, 6:00 AM
Q: Now that summer is almost over, how can I help my kids adjust to school sleep routines? A: As we gear back up for the start of school, it is a good idea to revert back to the sleep schedules you will keep during the school year. The transition will be easier for your children if you start gradually... Read more

Do you want to ‘like’ your doctor online?

Friday, August 28, 2015, 9:15 AM
Though most doctors have been reluctant to become Facebook friends with their patients, the rules around health care providers and social media are evolving, reports Kaiser Health News. The traditional objections to friending patients have centered around issues like protecting privacy, and concerns... Read more
About this blog

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
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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