Check Up Archive: June, 2010

Health reform law now viewed more positively

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The Kaiser Family Foundation’s June tracking poll found that 48 percent of Americans surveyed had a somewhat favorable or very favorable... Read more

Guarding against medical conflicts of interest

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In an effort to limit financial conflicts of interest between academic medicine – hospitals, universities and doctors - and industry... Read more

Study finds GSK's diabetes drug Avandia increases risk of death

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A major study of the GlaxoSmithKline diabetes drug Avandia "was associated with an increased risk of stroke, heart failure, and all-cause... Read more

VA on radiation hot seat

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The failures of a prostate cancer program at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center and similar problems at 12 other VA hospitals has raised questions... Read more

The Chicken Pox

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So close. Just two months before she would get her chicken pox vaccine, my 10-month-old daughter got the virus. It kind of freaked out my wife... Read more

Finally, some good news on childhood obesity

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My colleague, public health writer Don Sapatkin, reports the following developments from a major study released this afternoon at a medical... Read more

Is California’s whooping cough epidemic a sign of poor vaccination rates?

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The California Department of Public Health declared a whooping cough epidemic after recording a quadrupling of cases that has reached 910 so... Read more

Report finds nearly 26,000 infections in PA hospitals

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Hospitals in the Philadelphia region fared poorly in so-called hospital-acquired infections in 2009, according to a new report issued by the... Read more