Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Daily dose: Oct. 6 health headlines

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 10:30 AM
Here's your daily dose of the latest health and science news and what you need to know: Pa. mandates 3-D mammogram coverage Gov. Wolf's office announced a new policy Monday under which insurers must cover all screening mammograms, including the 3-D versions, at no out-of-pocket cost to consumers... Read more

Daily dose: Oct. 5 health headlines

Monday, October 5, 2015, 10:24 AM
Here's your daily dose of the latest health and science news and what you need to know: N.J. scientist a co-winner of Nobel Prize William Campbell, a research fellow emeritus at Drew University in Madison, N.J. and former scientist at Merck, shared the Nobel Prize in medicine for discovering drugs... Read more

U.S. Public Complains About Drug Prices But Takes No Action

Monday, October 5, 2015, 5:30 AM
Drug prices are rising faster than most other health care costs and while surveys show that the American public resents the situation – 73 percent now favor price controls – the costs still keep going up. It seems that unaffordable medications have now taken their place in American life... Read more

Medical mystery: Leg weakness led to bigger issue

Sunday, October 4, 2015, 6:00 AM
The first time A.B. came to my office in 2003, she was in her late 40s, suffering from swollen and painful joints. After blood tests, she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Unlike the more common "wear and tear" osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disorder in which the immune system... Read more

The meaning of breast density

Sunday, October 4, 2015, 6:00 AM
Q: With the letter giving me my mammography report, I also got a letter telling me I have dense breasts. What does that mean? A: Laws in Pennsylvania and New Jersey enacted in 2014 require you to be informed of your breast density as it appears on your mammogram. This is not the same as your breasts... Read more

Daily dose: Oct. 2 health headlines

Friday, October 2, 2015, 10:35 AM
Here's your daily dose of the latest health and science news and what you need to know: Americans eat all day long It’s no secret there is an obesity and diabetes epidemic taking our country by storm, but according to a new study, researchers think they’ve found a major contributor to... Read more

Daily dose: Oct. 1 health headlines

Thursday, October 1, 2015, 10:24 AM
Here's your daily dose of the latest health and science news and what you need to know: $45 million gift, new name for Drexel public health school On Wednesday, an idea that began in Ethiopia over two years ago came to fruition when a $45 million gift was given to Drexel University's public health... Read more

Essure: Another FDA failure to regulate

Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 3:27 PM
On Sept. 24, the Food and Drug Administration held a hearing on the Essure sterilization coil, used to achieve permanent birth control for women. Hundreds of thousands of young and otherwise healthy women across the world have received Essure coils since 2002. However, over the subsequent decade... Read more

Medical Mystery: An unexpected ultrasound result

Sunday, September 27, 2015, 6:00 AM
One of my patients came to see me at my office for her annual gynecological visit. She was 26, and generally very healthy. I asked whether she had experienced any new symptoms or issues since I last saw her the previous year, and she hesitated. She figured it had nothing to do with my specialty, she... Read more

How Penn Medicine prepared for Pope's visit

Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 4:31 PM
Local medical staffs have been preparing for Pope Francis' visit for month now. Here's how Penn Medicine got ready for the holy event: Read more from the Check Up blog » 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
Justin D'Ancona Philly.com
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, infectious diseases and substance abuse
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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