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Wednesday, March 31, 2010, 2:14 PM
After 12 wonderful days of vacation that included skiing in Colorado and hiking in Yosemite, I returned to news that nurses at Temple University hospital are on strike and a local doctor has been convicted of dealing prescription drugs including Percocet and Xanax. At Temple, the union representing... Read more

Women admitted to hospitals more often than men

Friday, March 26, 2010, 5:05 PM
Women accounted for 59 percent of hospital admissions in 2007, according to an analysis by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). One in five hospitals stays for women was connected with pregnancy. And even when those 5 million hospitalizations were excluded, women still accounted... Read more

Will a shortage of primary care doctors undermine the health bill?

Wednesday, March 24, 2010, 8:45 AM
So, if more of us get heath coverage under the legislation that President Obama recently signed into law, will there be enough doctors to meet our needs? According to the American College of Physicians, the Philadelphia based group representing 129,000 internists, too few medical school graduates... Read more

Smoking with chronic illness

Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 2:34 PM
Despite efforts by 54 percent of area smokers to quit in the last year, one in five people living in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery, Philadelphia and Schuylkill still smokes, according to the Public Health Management Corporation in Philadelphia. Its Community Health Database... Read more

Measles outbreak among unvaccinated children

Monday, March 22, 2010, 2:15 PM
In 2008 there was a measles outbreak in San Diego, Calif. It was the largest such outbreak in San Diego since 1991. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency tracked the outbreak and found it had been initiated by a seven-year-old... Read more

Chronic disease management lecture Tuesday

Monday, March 22, 2010, 1:43 PM
Chronic illnesses are major drivers of health care costs. Many health experts believe that better management of diseases from diabetes to heart failure can reduce health care spending and improve the well being of people with such conditions. On Tuesday evening, Noreen M. Clark, a professor of public... Read more

Washing away the flu

Saturday, March 20, 2010, 12:28 PM
Since my oldest daughter started going to daycare I’ve tried to be careful about doing things that would reduce the risk of catching the endless stream of colds and viruses that she brought home. Last spring when my wife was pregnant with our second child and swine flu hit, I became even more... Read more

Too much good news on Cancer?

Friday, March 19, 2010, 11:46 AM
So I thought it would be a good idea to get away for a few weeks after a rough winter and lots of snow. So we got to Denver yesterday and headed for the mountains. It was 70 degrees when we landed. Now its snowing horizontally, the skiing should be good this weekend. While I’m gone I’ll... Read more

Head of Penn Medicine to step down in 2011

Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 1:52 PM
Arthur H. Rubenstein, dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and head of the Penn health system, plans to retire in June 30, 2011, it was announced today. Rubenstein, 72, took the helm of Penn Medicine in September of 2001. He had previously been dean of the Mount Sinai School of... Read more

NRC levies $227,500 fine against Philly VA Medical Center

Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 1:09 PM
The Philadelphia VA Medical Center was hit with a large fine by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission today for the failures in a prostate cancer program that resulted in 97 veterans getting incorrect radiation doses. The $227,500 fine against Department of Veterans Affairs was the second largest... Read more
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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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