Tuesday, December 1, 2015


Will Congress move to stop women’s health disaster?

Monday, November 30, 2015, 12:39 PM
We first met U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick as he was walking along a New Year’s Day parade in downtown Yardley, Pa. We approached him with our six children in tow and asked if he had a moment to hear our story. We told him about how a medical device, known as a “power morcellator”,... Read more

Minimizing time treating men's cancer

Sunday, November 29, 2015, 6:05 AM
Q: Why is my prostate radiation course eight weeks? Can you treat my prostate cancer over a shorter course? A: Radiation therapy for prostate cancer has significantly evolved over the last 20 to 30 years. Historically, definitive radiation therapy for prostate cancer used radiation doses of up to... Read more

Strange side effect of pills bought on street

Sunday, November 29, 2015, 6:00 AM
It was a regular day at the clinic where I worked as an addiction psychiatrist. I had a full schedule of patients who struggled with drug use and other psychiatric diagnoses. For the previous several months, one of my regular patients had been a 30-year-old woman who had been in treatment with us... Read more

Study: Cost of prescription skin drugs is soaring

Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 11:07 AM
This probably won’t come as a surprise to people with skin problems: A new study finds that the prices of dermatology medications rose by an average of 401 percent between 2009 and 2015, with most of the increase occurring after 2011. The prices of topical cancer drugs rose the most, an average... Read more

Poll: Most Americans are directly affected by painkiller misuse

Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 3:28 PM
More than half of all Americans either know someone who has misused prescription painkillers, or have done so themselves. And an astonishing 16 percent say they know someone who died from using these drugs, according to the latest Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll. Whites are more... Read more

Jefferson professor named to Ebony Power 100 list

Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 12:07 PM
Edith Mitchell, professor of medical oncology at Thomas Jefferson University and president of the National Medical Association, today was named to Ebony Magazine’s annual Power 100 List. Mitchell – along with luminaries ranging from musician John Legend to Attorney General Loretta Lynch... Read more

Nice guys, nasty business

Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 11:13 AM
Early in his career, professional counselor Dominic Carlucci of West Chester worked with cancer patients at Chester County Hospital. After several years he developed a practice focused heavily on a clientele of senior executives at multinational companies. A common theme that Carlucci observed among... Read more

Drexel study: older kids more likely to get inappropriate antibiotics

Monday, November 23, 2015, 10:25 AM
Cold and flu season is getting underway, and you can bet some worried parents will be asking a doctors to give their children antibiotics - despite the fact that these drugs, as we're told time and time again, do not work against viral illnesses. A new Drexel University study takes a closer look at... Read more

Quitting smoking at any age reduces risks

Sunday, November 22, 2015, 3:00 AM
Q: Am I at risk for lung cancer even after I quit smoking? A: The risk of lung cancer decreases and continues to decrease the longer you are smoke-free. However, the damage from smoking can never be completely undone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cigarettes kill more... Read more

Medical Mystery: A painless lump, blood in urine

Sunday, November 22, 2015, 3:00 AM
A 76-year-old woman who discovered a lump in the left side of left groin while toweling off after a shower went to see her family doctor. The lump didn't hurt, she told him, but she had noticed blood in her urine occasionally in the last few days, so she thought she should get it checked out. She... 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, infectious diseases and substance abuse
Justin D'Ancona Philly.com
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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