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Archive: April, 2012

Manayunk roomies vie for Broad Street supremacy

Friday, April 13, 2012, 1:16 PM
Beth Wallace, a dietition at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, will be chronicling the journey of her and her motley group of roomates as they battle it out for supremacy in the Broad Street Run. In this first installment, we meet the cast of characters. I’m that girl. I’m the girl... Read more

Even Supreme Court seems to misunderstand Obamacare

Friday, April 13, 2012, 10:51 AM
No one seems to really understand Obamacare, not even the Supreme Court. In oral arguments last month, Chief Justice John Roberts asked Solicitor General Donald Verrilli to explain why the law requires people to obtain insurance for services they may never need. He noted that the policies Americans... Read more

Off the treadmill, onto the asphalt

Friday, April 13, 2012, 4:16 PM
Inquirer Sports Editor John Quinn is chronicling his journey from couch potato to the Broad Street Run on May 6. In this second installment, he reluctantly exits the gym and takes to the open road. Hit the roads, Jack, and don't you come back no more, no more, no more, no more ... if you think you... Read more

Will Pharma stay in the caboose of proactive health care?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 11:36 AM
The current buzzword in health care is "hot spotting." Essentially the underlying concept has been around for some time. Urban police departments applied it successfully during the past 20 years to substantially reduce crime rates. At its heart it derives from the marketing postulate that in most product... Read more

A recurring vaccine error puts infants at risk

Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 8:31 AM
With hundreds of reports of young children consistently getting the wrong form of a certain vaccine, leaving them vulnerable to the disease, you would think that industry and regulators would gather national experts, take the time to thoroughly examine the problem, and implement prevention measures... Read more

Broad Street as the Great White Whale

Friday, April 6, 2012, 11:06 AM
A year ago, Inquirer Sports Editor John Quinn, overweight and feeling it, would never have dreamed he would be competing in the Broad Street Run on May 6. Yet, here he is, a month away from hitting the starting line, nervous but determined. As part of our coverage of the race, John will be sharing... Read more

Court shouldn't let health care fraud win

Friday, April 6, 2012, 9:53 AM
Where does all the government spending on health care go? Most of it goes for needed care for elderly, disabled and poor Americans. But some of it is diverted to a less desirable goal. It is consumed by fraudulent claims and improper payments, which totaled more than $70 million in 2010. Consider... Read more

What pharma needs to evolve

Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 11:38 AM
The pharmaceutical industry's fundamental problems by now are so well known that even major consultancies have detailed them in splashy sales promotions disguised as reports. Neither the industry's managers nor these slow-witted consultants, however, have devised plausible solutions to pharma's difficulties... Read more

Three drugs, three similar names, some close calls

Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 10:22 AM
Watch out for dispensing mix-ups if you are taking any of the following medications: Ranexa, Prenexa and Pradaxa. These drugs are all prescribed for different reasons although their names can look and/or sound very much alike. We’ve had some close calls reported to us lately through our National... 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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