Thursday, October 8, 2015

Essure: Another FDA failure to regulate

Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 3:27 PM
On Sept. 24, the Food and Drug Administration held a hearing on the Essure sterilization coil, used to achieve permanent birth control for women. Hundreds of thousands of young and otherwise healthy women across the world have received Essure coils since 2002. However, over the subsequent decade... Read more

Daily dose: Sept. 29 health headlines

Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 10:11 AM
Here's your daily dose of the latest health news and what you need to know: Get ready for ‘Trumpcare’ Health care coverage is extremely complex, but apparently not if you’re Donald Trump. “I am going to take care of everybody. I don't care if it costs me votes or not,”... Read more

Joint pain and stiffness could be osteoarthritis

Sunday, September 27, 2015, 6:00 AM
Q: Do I have osteoarthritis if I have joint stiffness and pain? A: Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting 12.4 million adults age 65 and older in the United States. As you age, the protective cartilage, lining, and ligaments in your joints wear down. The breakdown of tissue... Read more

Medical Mystery: An unexpected ultrasound result

Sunday, September 27, 2015, 6:00 AM
One of my patients came to see me at my office for her annual gynecological visit. She was 26, and generally very healthy. I asked whether she had experienced any new symptoms or issues since I last saw her the previous year, and she hesitated. She figured it had nothing to do with my specialty, she... Read more

A 5,455 percent price increase? Expect more of it

Thursday, September 24, 2015, 12:37 PM
After Pope Francis's visit to the U.S., possibly the biggest news item this week has been the depraved price increase that Turing Pharmaceuticals posted for its drug, Daraprim. Although the 5,455 percent that Turing hiked Daraprim's price is astounding, the absolute daily price is less than that of... Read more

How Penn Medicine prepared for Pope's visit

Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 4:31 PM
Local medical staffs have been preparing for Pope Francis' visit for month now. Here's how Penn Medicine got ready for the holy event: Read more from the Check Up blog » Read more

10 health issues that could benefit from exercise

Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 5:30 AM
Typically, we exercise to slim down, feel better, and ease our guilt about eating an extra cookie. As a cardiologist, I always remind my patients that including exercise in their lives can also lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of having a heart attack. But those aren’t the only potentially... Read more

“Major postoperative complications” on the rise after morcellation's decline: Truth or false marketing?

Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 4:03 PM
A group of gynecologists led by Dr. J.A. Harris, at the University of Michigan recently published a paper about the impact of the FDA warning on post-operative complications following hysterectomy. You can read the abstract of this study here. In this paper the authors concluded that, “the rate... Read more

Cancer centers join forces in capital for more research dollars

Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 12:07 PM
On Sept. 17 The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University along with 125 other partnering organizations converged on Capitol Hill to speak with legislators about the importance of increased funding for medical research. The Rally for Medical Research Hill Day mobilized nearly 300... Read more

Oral HPV infection can cause cancer

Sunday, September 20, 2015, 6:00 AM
Q: How do you get oral HPV infection? What's the risk of getting cancer from it? How can I protect myself? A: Human papillomavirus is transmitted during sexual contact. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HPV infection is the most common sexually transmitted disease. Having... 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
Justin D'Ancona
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
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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