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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

A preventable cancer drug error that’s always fatal

Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 10:02 AM
A rare but fatal error can occur when the cancer medicine vincristine is given the wrong way. Vincristine is given intravenously (into the vein) to treat various types of cancer, often in children for leukemia. It is often given in combination with another cancer medicine called methotrexate. Methotrexate... Read more

In his book Serve to Win, Novak Djokovic describes how a gluten- free diet helped make him the world's No. 1 tennis player. Can this diet help me?

Monday, November 4, 2013, 1:08 PM
In his book Serve to Win, Novak Djokovic describes how a gluten- free diet helped make him the world's No. 1 tennis player. Can this diet help me? Stephanie Moleski is a gastroenterologist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. A: Serve to Win describes how, in 2010, Djokovic met with fellow Serb... Read more

Three things Pharma can learn from tech

Monday, November 4, 2013, 9:48 AM
As third-quarter earnings season moves to a close, the general impression on Wall Street is that the period was at best lackluster for Big Cap pharma. Some might claim that a series of uninspiring or even a dreary earnings reports represent a major accomplishment, given that the patent cliff persists... Read more

I'm just not in the mood. How can I improve my libido?

Monday, October 28, 2013, 11:16 AM
I'm just not in the mood. How can I improve my libido? Diane Robinson is a gynecologist with Mercy Women's Health Care at Nazareth Hospital, Northeast Philadelphia. A: Millions of people suffer from a low libido - or an inhibited sex drive - at some point. Libido can be influenced by genetics, environment... Read more

Have kids around the house? Avoid camphor products

Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 6:00 AM
A 5-year-old was accidentally given camphorated phenol liquid instead of acetaminophen (Tylenol) liquid. Camphorated phenol is meant to be applied to the skin only. The child developed seizures and was taken to a hospital emergency department (ED) for treatment. In the ED the child’s mother produced... Read more

Pharma's Tea Partiers in a lather

Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 5:55 AM
The right wing came out in force last week, expressing outrage at our proposal to stimulate the economy by tripling the multibillion fines against pharma companies that violate the law. As a group they express loud and gaseous support for the sanctity of the so-called "free market." These market jihadists... 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
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