Friday, November 27, 2015

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

Pharma mirrors a political dilemma

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 9:31 AM
An interesting scene prompted by Valeant Pharmaceuticals has been unfolding during the last few weeks. As the company squirmed under political pressure and legal scrutiny for its enormous price hikes, its finagling with specialty pharmacy Philidor, and its pure-finance business model, the Big Cap pharma... Read more

A new nonsurgical option for enlarged prostate

Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 4:58 PM
By age 60, about half of men have enlarged prostate glands, and that proportion increases with advancing age, according to the American Urological Association. Hahnemann University Hospital says it is now offering a novel treatment for the benign but bothersome condition, which blocks the flow of... Read more

Penn study: When drugs fail, there’s still hope for OCD patients

Monday, November 16, 2015, 9:52 AM
Even after two kinds of medication have failed, a type of psychosocial therapy can make a big dent in symptoms for people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), a new study from the University of Pennsylvania found. The research tested exposure and response prevention therapy in people who were... 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
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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