Friday, August 28, 2015

Do you want to ‘like’ your doctor online?

Friday, August 28, 2015, 9:15 AM
Though most doctors have been reluctant to become Facebook friends with their patients, the rules around health care providers and social media are evolving, reports Kaiser Health News. The traditional objections to friending patients have centered around issues like protecting privacy, and concerns... Read more

Could Cuban technology help save U.S. lung cancer patients?

Thursday, August 27, 2015, 11:10 AM
Cuba has developed a novel lung cancer vaccine that American researchers are working to bring to the United States. One of those researchers, Kelvin Lee, chair of the immunology department at Roswell Park Cancer Center in Buffalo, has written about this remarkable scientific alliance in a blog post... Read more

Report tracks collegiate substance abuse

Thursday, August 27, 2015, 11:02 AM
To everything there is a season, and that goes for college students and substance abuse too, a new federal report finds. Monthly Variation in Substance Use Initiation Among Full-Time College Students is based on SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health report, an annual survey of 67,500... Read more

‘Fat shaming’ pages get harpooned

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 3:23 PM
The Obesity Action Coalition on Wednesday applauded Instagram and Tumblr for taking down pages created by “Project Harpoon,” an online campaign called “Thinner Beauty” that digitally alters photos of plus-size women (and a few men) into thinner versions. “These fat-shaming... Read more

Considering pregnancy? Slim down first

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 12:41 PM
The fatter a pregnant woman is, the higher her risk for stillbirth, a new analysis shows. Stillbirth is a relatively rare occurrence even for obese women, but the nation’s epidemic of unhealthy weight is intensifying concern about this known risk factor for fetal death. The latest analysis... Read more

A cancer survivor, many times over

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 11:30 AM
One in five cases of cancer are now being diagnosed in people who have already had the disease. That’s because more people are surviving longer after cancer, and because more children are beating the disease. Cancer is more likely to occur in older people, and also more likely once you’ve... Read more

Will the FDA save Cinnabon lovers from themselves?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 10:50 AM
In June, the Food and Drug Administration officially ordered food companies to get rid of partially hydrogenated oil, the source of trans fat ­-- the stuff that clogs arteries and contributes to an estimated 50,000 heart disease deaths a year. But food industry groups are petitioning to keep trans... Read more

At med schools, more women rule

Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 1:09 PM
The face of medicine is changing. Women accounted for the majority of graduate medical education trainees in seven specialties in 2012: pediatrics, obstetrics-gynecology, dermatology, internal medicine, family medicine, pathology and psychiatry. That analysis of publicly reported data by Johns Hopkins... Read more

Proposals to make drug pricing more transparent

Monday, August 24, 2015, 5:30 AM
Americans are starting to feel the pinch from high drug prices. In a survey recently reported by Consumer Reports, one-third of Americans said they paid an average of $39 above the usual cost for their latest prescription. One in ten said they paid $100 or more out-of-pocket. Forty per cent of people... Read more

Cautious politicking or equivocal lawmaking: Senator Robert Casey Jr. on medical device safety

Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 12:20 PM
On November 15, 2011 the United States Senate’s committee on Health, education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), heard a testimony from a special committee of the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The committee had been formed to review the primary legal mechanism used by the Food and Drug Administration... 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, nueroscience and ageing
Marie McCullough Inquirer Staff Writer, cancer and women's health
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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