Saturday, February 13, 2016

High drug prices in the context of a botched health care system

Friday, January 29, 2016, 12:49 PM
The problem of unaffordable drugs can only be adequately addressed within a comprehensive, health care program. The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, fails to provide even a start on achieving a health care program capable of meeting the overarching goals of access, affordability and quality. According... Read more

A skeptical take on quit-smoking drug Chantix

Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 3:59 PM
Soon after Pfizer Inc.’s quit-smoking pill Chantix debuted in 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration began receiving reports of severe psychiatric disturbances in people taking it, including suicides, other kinds of self-harm, and violence. The troubling link led to prominent warnings on... Read more

To prevent cancers, increase HPV vaccination

Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 3:06 PM
Fox Chase Cancer Center and the University of Pennsylvania's Abramson Cancer Center have joined with 69 of the nation’s top cancer facilities to call for increased HPV vaccination to prevent a variety of malignancies. The HPV vaccine protects against sexually-transmitted strains of the human... Read more

CHOP treats blood disorder with gene therapy in dogs

Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 10:31 AM
Researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia report that they have corrected a rare blood disorder in dogs by administering a single injection of gene therapy. The condition, called factor VII deficiency, occurs naturally in dogs and also strikes humans, causing spontaneous bleeds in the gastrointestinal... Read more

Medical Mystery: New mom has cough, fatigue

Sunday, January 24, 2016, 3:00 AM
Pregnancy causes a multitude of changes in the body, so when a patient experienced puzzling symptoms after the birth of her first child, she tried to wait it out. She was fatigued, like many new parents. She was retaining water and had swollen feet, a common occurrence during pregnancy. But she was... Read more

ACOG reinventing the Pregnancy Wheel

Friday, January 22, 2016, 2:44 PM
Reinventing the wheel is nothing to brag about – unless it is the pregnancy wheel. Also known as a gestation or due date calculator, the old-fashioned pregnancy wheel is a plastic rotating calendar that uses the pregnant woman’s last menstrual period to estimate her due date. These days... Read more

Bad journalism and bad pharma go hand in hand

Thursday, January 21, 2016, 12:52 PM
Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. It is also a necessity if one wants to avoid getting screwed by unaffordable drug costs. Right now vigilance should be directed at certain newspaper editorial boards, particularly those that keep giving space to the pharmaceutical industry's flacks and underlings... Read more

Live: PMN + AACR present Cancer Precision Medicine

Thursday, January 21, 2016, 12:42 PM
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5 heart problems caused by sleep apnea

Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 4:00 AM
A common sleep problem is bad for your heart, and the number of people that have it has increased by double digits over the past decade. Studies suggest as many as 26 percent of all Americans may have mild to severe sleep apnea, and only about 10 percent are aware that they have it. So, as many as... Read more

International study looks at end-of-life care

Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 11:59 AM
The United States compares well to six other developed nations on some measures of end-of-life care such as the percentage that die in the hospital, but we’re still on the pricey side, according to a new study that involved researchers from the University of Pennsylvania. The study, the first... Read more
About this blog

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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