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I'm having trouble balancing my checkbook. Is it dementia, Alzheimer's, or just a "senior moment"?

Thursday, November 21, 2013, 11:07 AM
I'm having trouble balancing my checkbook. Is it dementia, Alzheimer's, or just a "senior moment"? Donna Raziano is chief medical officer of Mercy Home Health and Mercy LIFE, which promotes care in the home and community settings. A: Many people experience lapses in memory, especially as they age... Read more

Pharma not prepared for changing health care landscape

Thursday, November 21, 2013, 6:00 AM
Public attention for the last few weeks has rightly focused on the inexcusable mistakes that accompanied the Affordable Care Act's rollout. While the pharmaceutical industry spent several years preparing for the ACA, managements at most of the companies remain flatfooted amidst a few other trends... Read more

Enjoy the holidays, but keep kids safe from accidental poisonings

Friday, November 15, 2013, 5:00 AM
For many of us, the holidays will include traditional family gatherings that are heartwarming and joyous occasions. However, your holiday cheer will quickly fade if a child at your family gathering gets into any unsecured medicines and requires a trip to the emergency department (ED). Don’t... Read more

Useful insight into Pharma’s current status emerge

Thursday, November 14, 2013, 1:23 PM
A useful insight into pharma’s current status emerged this week when Goldman Sachs lowered its rating on Eli Lilly & Co. from Neutral to Sell. Quite apart from Eli Lilly, that downgrade was interesting, if only for the fact that sell-side analysts rarely rate a Big Cap pharma as a Sell.... Read more

Launch failure of Healthcare.gov provides useful lesson for Pharma

Thursday, November 14, 2013, 11:19 AM
The abysmal launch failure of the federal government’s healthcare.gov website should provide a useful lesson for pharma. This week Aarti Shahani of National Public Radio spoke to several Silicon Valley CEOs (listen here) about why the signup website for the Affordable Care Act failed and what... Read more

AHA's new guidelines should leave ashes in Pharma’s mouth

Thursday, November 14, 2013, 11:17 AM
Cardiology news this week should leave some ashes in pharma’s mouth. The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology issued new guidelines for managing patients’ cholesterol. For several decades patients were prescribed medications, mainly statins, to alter their... Read more

Humor me: Psychology variation brings down the negativity

Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 5:00 AM
Next time you look in the mirror and think you are fat, ugly and disgusting, say to yourself in a deep Darth Vadar cadence: LUKE, I AM NOT YOUR FATHER BUT I AM FAT, UGLY and DISGUSTING!! Or use a flirty Pepe Le Pew French accent: Cherie, kiss me, I am fat, ugly and disgusting! Yes? What? No joke... Read more

I think my partner cheated. Should I be tested for STDs?

Monday, November 11, 2013, 10:08 AM
I think my partner cheated. Should I be tested for STDs? Diane Robinson is a gynecologist with Mercy Women's Health Care at Nazareth Hospital, Northeast Philadelphia. A: If you think your partner has had oral, vaginal, or anal sex with another person, it's a good idea for you to be tested for sexually... Read more

Team eating disorder treatment approach spreading among college campuses

Monday, November 11, 2013, 9:14 AM
As eating disorders on college campuses become more prevalent, the demand for effective on campus assessment and treatment is equally growing. It has been a standard in the eating disorder community to form a team of a doctor, nutritionist, therapist, psychiatrist, and parents to encircle the eating... Read more

Variation is theme of Eating Disorder Conference this weekend in Philly

Thursday, November 7, 2013, 12:26 PM
The 23rd annual Renfrew Center Foundation Eating Disorders Conference will begin Friday Nov. 8 and run through Nov. 10 here in Philadelphia. Diane Girardot, a Chester County based psychotherapist and health care journalist, will blog daily from the conference that this year focuses on complex patients... Read more
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Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. President, Institute for Safe Medication Practices
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