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Archive: April, 2010

What’d she say? Recording that doctor visit might help recall

Sunday, April 25, 2010, 11:29 AM
Have you ever walked out of your doctor’s office only to realize you’d already forgotten important details of what you discussed? Recordings of those conversations with doctors could help, according to a small Scottish study of heart patients before surgery. The researchers found that... Read more

Nurses key to safe patient care

Friday, April 23, 2010, 2:24 PM
In case you missed two interesting and perhaps connected stories by my colleague Stacey Burling this week, it’s worth taking another look. On Monday, she wrote about a University of Pennsylvania study that examined the impact of California’s law mandating certain nurse-to-patient ratios... Read more

Poll: Americans confused by – but not angry over – new health law

Friday, April 23, 2010, 8:02 AM
Several weeks after President Obama signed health care reform legislation into law, a Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll finds that the majority of those surveyed (55 percent) are confused about the law. “People are struggling to understand how the law will affect them and their families... Read more

A less invasive - and less costly - approach to testing for heart disease

Thursday, April 22, 2010, 11:57 AM
A study by doctors at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia suggests that many people who have stress tests that point to possible heart disease could be fully diagnosed with a CT scan rather than a cardiac catheterization. The CT scans would be less invasive and less costly, according to the... Read more

Climate change and human health

Thursday, April 22, 2010, 8:30 AM
A report Wednesday by a federal interagency working group identifies 11 areas of human health that climate change is impacting or could impact in the future . They range from asthma and allergies to weather-related deaths and zoonotic diseases (think swine flu). The 80-page white paper, “A Human... Read more

Safer care results in fewer malpractice claims, study finds

Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 11:35 AM
The latest data from Pennsylvania county courts show that the number of medical malpractice claims and the size of jury awards have declined markedly in the last decade. Those trends have been attributed to changes made in the rules governing such lawsuits by the state Supreme Court and legislation... Read more

Some daycare centers too quick to send kids home

Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 3:42 PM
I got the dreaded call a week ago. It’s one I’ve been getting a lot lately. My youngest daughter had a fever. I needed to pick her up from daycare within an hour. My wife had an important work meeting and couldn’t do it. And here’s the kicker: The daycare center said my 7-month-old’s... Read more

Medical malpractice suits declined in PA

Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 12:56 PM
The number of new medical malpractice lawsuits in Pennsylvania declined last year to 1,533 in 2009 from 1,602 cases initiated in 2008, according to the latest data from the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts. Overall, the number of malpractice suits filed in the Commonwealth declined 47... Read more

Study: Hospital ranking measures reputation, not quality of care

Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 8:14 AM
Each year U.S. News & World Report ranks the nation’s 5,000 or so hospitals in 12 specialty areas. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is routinely ranked first among pediatric hospitals. Each year, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania makes the “honor roll,”... Read more

Settlement in Chester County cancer death lawsuit

Monday, April 19, 2010, 1:27 PM
The medical malpractice lawsuit filed by the family of Lathenia Petty against her primary care doctor, a radiologist and Pottstown Memorial Hospital was settled last week seven days into the trial in Chester County. The settlement terms were not disclosed and will be filed under seal according to an... 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, infectious diseases and substance abuse
Justin D'Ancona
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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