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My father was diagnosed with Parkinson's last year. His medication controls the tremors, but when he forgets his pills, he shuffles and suffers. Would deep brain stimulation zap his disease?

Monday, August 19, 2013, 12:07 PM
My father was diagnosed with Parkinson's last year. His medication controls the tremors, but when he forgets his pills, he shuffles and suffers. Would deep brain stimulation zap his disease? Dr. Meredith Spindler is a professor of neurology at the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center... Read more

Pharma's Denial and Rationalization Working Overtime

Monday, August 12, 2013, 11:42 AM
Evidence emerges almost every day that pharma's managers recognize the existence of serious problems threatening their industry, while at the same time most of them refuse to acknowledge the causes of this situation. Last week, for example, a provider of online marketing research released the results... Read more

My girlfriend wants me to get tested for HIV before we go to the "next level." Can I just lie to her? What about other sexually transmitted infections?

Friday, August 9, 2013, 10:01 AM
My girlfriend wants me to get tested for HIV before we go to the "next level." Can I just lie to her? What about other sexually transmitted infections? Ronda Goldfein is executive director of the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania (www.aidslawpa.org). A: Whether you should share private health information... Read more

I have these white splotches all over my face. My mom is concerned it's the beginning of skin cancer. Is there anything else it could be? Is my condition permanent?

Monday, August 5, 2013, 10:31 AM
I have these white splotches all over my face. My mom is concerned it's the beginning of skin cancer, and my girlfriend says she doesn't want to date a guy with hole-punched skin. Is there anything else it could be? Is my condition permanent? Dr. Dr. J. Carlton Gartner Jr. is a professor at Jefferson... Read more

Pain patch wearers must take extra care around children

Thursday, August 1, 2013, 9:20 AM
Despite warnings from the FDA, drug manufacturers, and various patient safety agencies like ours (ISMP), we’re still hearing from grieving parents or grandparents or health professionals who’ve experienced the death of a child or who somehow got ahold of a fentanyl pain patch that someone... Read more

When I wake up, my stomach is bloated and full of gas. The gas I pass is loud and long, and embarrassing, but it hurts if I hold it in. What can I do about it?

Monday, July 29, 2013, 9:18 AM
When I wake up, my stomach is bloated and full of gas. The gas I pass is loud and long, and embarrassing, but it hurts if I hold it in. What can I do about it? Dr. Benjamin Krevsky is a professor of medicine and director of gastrointestinal endoscopy at Temple University School of Medicine. First... Read more

A lesson or two from GSK's Chinagate

Monday, July 29, 2013, 6:00 AM
GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK's) Chinagate scandal of the past few weeks provides some belated insight on the China fantasy that pharma has been peddling to investors for much of the last decade. The basic pretense that pharma could somehow offset its wave of patent expirations, its dearth of compelling... Read more

In docs' version of 'Jeopardy,' Einstein has most wins

Thursday, July 25, 2013, 12:00 PM
Befitting their namesake for the second consecutive year, residents from Einstein Medical Center's Department of Medicine proved themselves the smartest during the American College of Physicians' national Jeopardy-style competition, "Doctor's Dilemma." Einstein residents beat 36 teams nationally... Read more

Looking back at medical experiments on kids

Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 2:26 PM
After World War II, the Nuremberg Code, a set of ethical principles for human experiments, pushed the notion of "informed consent" into the air of medical research. But in the years after its passage in 1947, scientists preyed upon vulnerable populations at an alarming rate, conducting dangerous... Read more

Vaccines: Not just for children, adults need them, too

Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 11:00 AM
Vaccine programs for children have been extremely successful against many diseases, including measles, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria, and polio. In fact, fewer than 500 children die each year in the United States (US) from diseases that can be prevented with vaccines. However, adults also need vaccines... Read more
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Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. President, Institute for Safe Medication Practices
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