Monday, February 8, 2016

Paying employees to lose weight? Think twice

Friday, January 8, 2016, 10:03 AM
To encourage healthy behavior in workers, employers often use financial rewards such as reductions in health premiums. That approach may not always be effective, according to a new University of Pennsylvania study. Researchers asked 197 obese people to lose 5 percent of their weight, and randomly... Read more

Got a nagging cough? Here's help

Thursday, January 7, 2016, 1:47 PM
It seemed strange that I was hearing so little about flu during the first week of January. Some calls confirmed that we are indeed having an unusually slow flu season so far. You can read here about why that's the case, and why it could change. At the same time, I have been hearing from friends... Read more

Children's Hospital gets gift from young cancer survivor

Thursday, January 7, 2016, 12:16 PM
Tom Whitehead shared exciting news this week on Facebook: His 10-year-old daughter Emily’s blood work “looks great,” three and a half years after a revolutionary therapy saved her life. And the Emily Whitehead Foundation awarded its first $100,000 grant to her oncologist, Stephan... Read more

Gun violence is a public health problem

Wednesday, January 6, 2016, 3:18 PM
This a guest post from Scott Shapiro MD, president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society and a practicing cardiologist at Abington Medical Specialists in Montgomery County. He writes on the issue of gun violence in response to President Obama’s recent announcement on gun violence. Through... Read more

Janet Jackson's throat surgery: What does it mean?

Wednesday, January 6, 2016, 2:19 PM
Janet Jackson, the pop icon and sister of the late Michael Jackson, will undergo throat surgery to treat a suspected cancerous growth, according to reports. On Christmas Eve, Jackson announced on Twitter she was postponing her “Unbreakable” tour for an unspecified medical procedure. RadarOnline... Read more

Medical mission trips may not help patients in host countries

Wednesday, January 6, 2016, 11:28 AM
When medical school students go on short-term service trips to developing nations, it is generally agreed to be good for the students. They may learn about diseases they might not see in the United States, and they can develop greater cultural sensitivity. But are such trips good for the people in... Read more

Evidence of CTE found in former football player in 20’s

Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 10:05 AM
Boston University researchers reported this week that they found evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a neurodegenerative disorder associated with repeated concussions, in a 25-year-old former college football player. While pathological signs of CTE, which can only be diagnosed definitively... Read more

Philadelphia ends Ebola monitoring

Monday, January 4, 2016, 5:54 PM
Though it has been more than a year since the single Ebola death on American soil, public health workers continued to check in daily with thousands of travelers from West African countries who flew through designated airports to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and four other states that were common destinations... Read more

Congressman seeks criminal investigation of medical device harm

Monday, January 4, 2016, 12:06 PM
Just before Christmas, U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick wrote a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that could turn up the heat on investigations into a medical device that has harmed thousands of American women. In this letter, the Bucks County Republican asks the head of the Office of Criminal... Read more

Q&A: Understanding Medicare's rating system for nursing homes

Sunday, January 3, 2016, 4:00 AM
Q: What is the Medicare Five-Star Rating System for Nursing Homes? A: Many elderly adults have their first encounter with a skilled-nursing facility after a sudden health event and hospitalization. A hospital discharge planner arranges for transfer to a skilled-nursing facility, but that facility... 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
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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