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Archive: September, 2010

Drug dealing doc gets 87 months

Thursday, September 30, 2010, 1:01 PM
In March, Laurence T. McKinney, 54, of Philadelphia was convicted in a jury trial of illegally prescribing painkillers and sedatives from his Frankford Avenue offices in Philadelphia’s Mayfair section. On Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Michael M. Baylson, saying McKinney had acted out... Read more

Smoking and obesity reduce work productivity

Thursday, September 30, 2010, 8:55 AM
If your boss starts suggesting you quit smoking, lose weight and eat better, she might be concerned about more than just your health. A study in the current issue of the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that obesity and smoking were associated with productivity loss and increased... Read more

Infant sleep positioners potentially deadly, feds warn parents

Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 1:48 PM
The federal government is warning parents of infants to immediately stop using sleep positioners intended to prevent babies from rolling onto their stomachs while they sleep. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Consumer Product Safety Commission said 12 infants have died over the last 13... Read more

Pine bark extract doesn’t reduce risk for heart disease

Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 12:11 PM
Pine bark extract, a popular supplement with antioxidant properties, does not help reduce blood pressure and other cardiovascular risk factors, according to a study in the current issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. Researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine randomly assigned... Read more

Until Drugs Get Better, How About Useful Services

Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 8:48 AM
By guest blogger Daniel Hoffman: Nearly two out of three (63 percent) Americans are now obese or overweight, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The incidence of conditions that typically result from obesity, such as Type 2 diabetes, has grown to epidemic levels. Obesity... Read more

Immunotherapy improves survival of high-risk children’s cancer

Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 5:23 PM
Neuroblastoma is a tricky cancer. After chemotherapy, surgery, more chemo, radiation therapy and stem cell transplants, more than half the kids with high-risk neuroblastoma have a recurrence of the cancer. And most of those who relapse do not survive. A study reports that the addition of immunotherapy... Read more

Kaiser poll: A nation divided on health reform

Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 11:58 AM
Among likely voters this November, 46 percent hold favorable views of health reform, while 45 percent view the bill unfavorably, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s health tracking poll for September. Overall, this month’s poll saw favorable views of the bill rise to 49 percent... Read more

Day care risks for kids born prematurely

Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 8:54 AM
Both my daughters seem like they have almost constant colds, and that’s not surprising since they’re in day care. But for children who were born prematurely, particularly those born earlier and at very low weights, day care can be a real health hazard. Those early premies are at high... Read more

Shared eye drop bottles pose risk of infection

Monday, September 27, 2010, 2:41 PM
By guest blogger Michael Cohen: In doctor’s offices and hospitals, eye drop containers are sometimes shared between patients. Communal eye drops may be used in both outpatient and inpatient settings to prevent waste, control costs, and add convenience since it avoids constant inventory replacement... Read more

Poll: Twice as many say do more on health reform

Monday, September 27, 2010, 8:40 AM
A new Associated Press health care poll found that those who think the government shouldn’t be in the health care business are out numbered (two-to-one) by those who say that health reform didn’t go far enough. The AP poll conducted through interviews with 1,251 adults nationwide between... 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
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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