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Archive: April, 2010

Are boomers wearing out sooner?

Monday, April 19, 2010, 11:10 AM
My colleague Tom Avril reports on a study that found that an increasing number of middle-aged Americans say the have physical ailments that limit their mobility. The study analyzed survey data found that in 2007 larger numbers of people aged 50 years to 64 years reported problems walking a quarter... Read more

FDA reconsiders diabetes drug study

Monday, April 19, 2010, 3:22 PM
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reportedly is considering suspending a safety review of the GlaxoSmithKline diabetes drug Avandia because of concerns that patients on the medication are at unnecessary risk for heart attacks and other heart problems. In the first nine months of 2009, the... Read more

Study: Obesity surgery reduces pregnancy risks

Sunday, April 18, 2010, 5:51 PM
The human and financial toll of obesity is particularly large during pregnancy when it increases the risk of birth defects, gestational diabetes and other conditions that endanger both the mother and her child. According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, obesity surgery could reduce those... Read more

Drinking increases risk of breast lumps in young women

Saturday, April 17, 2010, 10:13 AM
There are plenty of good reasons to for you women to avoid binge drinking. My colleague Don Sapatkin reports on a study in the medial journal Pediatrics that provides another one, the more adolescent girls drink the more likely they are to develop breast lumps that can increase the risk of breast cancer... Read more

Top Obama drug policy official is said to be stepping down

Friday, April 16, 2010, 1:01 PM
My colleague Don Sapatkin has learned that the Obama Administation's number two drug policy official - and former University of Pennsylvania professor - A. Thomas McLellan plans to leave his post in July. McClellan is one of the nation's leading experts on drug addiction. Here is my colleague's report: A... Read more

Aspirin for Migraine relief?

Friday, April 16, 2010, 11:15 AM
My vision blurs a bit. It’s hard to focus on the computer screen. Then I notice the light refracting in my peripheral vision. It all adds up to one horrible feeling, a migraine is about to slam into my head. I usually reach for some serious pain relievers, plus caffeine, go somewhere I can close... Read more

Donors’ Dash

Friday, April 16, 2010, 4:07 PM
On Sunday morning thousands of people will gather at the steps of Philadelphia Museum of Art to participate in 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer runs and a 3-kilometer walk to raise money for organ and tissue donation. Race-day registration for the 15th annual Dash for Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness opens... Read more

Penn med school ranked second in nation

Thursday, April 15, 2010, 8:30 AM
College students use it. Patients pay attention to it. Hospitals tout their status in it. But are the U.S. News & World Report rankings of everything from high schools and universities to hospitals and medical colleges truly good assessments of the institutions relative quality? Today the magazine’s... Read more

Congenital syphilis cases are rising nationally

Thursday, April 15, 2010, 3:23 PM
Here's a brief report from my colleague Don Sapatkin who covers public health: After declining for 14 years, rates of congenital syphilis increased 23% between 2005 and 2008 nationwide, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported today. Congenital syphilis is transmitted during pregnancy... Read more

Uninsured delay heart attack care

Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 11:09 AM
During a heart attack, time matters; that’s why hospital doctors try to open clogged heart arteries within an hour and a half of the patient arriving in an emergency room (the so-called 90-minute door-to-balloon standard). But a study today in the Journal of the American Medical Association reports... Read more
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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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