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Archive: February, 2010

DC health lobbyists collected $3.5 billion in 2009

Wednesday, February 24, 2010, 11:15 AM
In the midst of the recession, the effort to enact national health care legislation has been a boon to one part of the U.S. economy: Washington lawyers and lobbyists. A report from the non-partisan, nonprofit Center for Public Integrity shows that more than 1,750 companies and other groups spent nearly... Read more

Health insurance duopolies dominate US metro areas

Wednesday, February 24, 2010, 7:30 AM
A new study from the American Medical Association says that the small amount of competition among health insurers in local markets is fast disappearing. The study found that in most places, one or two insurers dominated. For example, the 46-page report found that Aetna had 82 percent of Camden, NJ... Read more

Costly infections are often preventable

Wednesday, February 24, 2010, 3:30 AM
More than 13,000 patients contracted infections during their care at hospitals in Pennsylvania in the last six months of 2008, according to a report last month by the state Department of Health. Nationwide these so-called health care-associated infections (HAIs) affect an estimated 1.7 million patients... Read more

Room for compromise on health care?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010, 11:36 AM
While Americans are evenly divided on whether they support federal health care legislation, a Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll conducted February 11 through February 16, 2010 found agreement among Democrats, Republicans and independents for various parts of the legislation. Overall, the poll... Read more

The President's health care proposal

Tuesday, February 23, 2010, 7:31 AM
President Obama’s renewed push for health care legislation was front page news across the country today. After leaving the details the legislation largely in the hands of Congress last year, the White House posted the President’s $950 billion health care proposal online yesterday. The... Read more

$100 million for Pa. broadband network

Tuesday, February 23, 2010, 5:45 AM
A coalition of Pennsylvania health-care groups, research organizations and colleges has been awarded a federal grant of $99.6 million to develop a statewide fiber-optic network that if built as proposed would span nearly 1,700 miles through 39 of the state’s 67 counties. The grant was made to... Read more

High blood pressure "neglected" disease, report says

Monday, February 22, 2010, 2:02 PM
One in three adult Americans has high blood pressure. Each year the condition is linked to a third of the nation’s heart attacks and almost half of the new cases of heart failure. Moreover, nearly 17 percent of deaths in the United States each year are related to high blood pressure. Still,... Read more

Concussions cost

Monday, February 22, 2010, 8:31 AM
Having a mild concussion “is akin to being mildly pregnant,” said Douglas H. Smith, director of the Center for Brain Injury and Repair at the University of Pennsylvania. Smith, a professor of neurosurgery at Penn, presented information on the impact of mild traumatic brain injuries - concussions... Read more

Check out CheckUp

Monday, February 22, 2010, 6:17 AM
You never have more than two drinks in a single evening. You eat vegetables all the time. You work out five times a week for at least 30 minutes. Admit it, you fudge things a bit when you talk with your doctor. I know I’m supposed to eat five helpings of fruits and vegetables a day. And I often... Read more

Expanded ICU teams reduce death rates, Pa. study found

Monday, February 22, 2010, 4:18 PM
Critically ill patients in intensive care units have lower death rates at hospitals that embrace a team approach to their care, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine led by a University of Pennsylvania doctor. The researchers, who also included doctors from Penn's Wharton School... Read more
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Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. President, Institute for Safe Medication Practices
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Amy J. Reed, M.D., Ph.D. Anesthesiologist and Surgical Intensivist in the Philadelphia Area
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