Sunday, February 14, 2016

Archive: September, 2012

Putting a gag on patients

Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 5:11 PM
by Erica Cohen Would you be alarmed if your physician used a company like Medical Justice to “manage” his reputation? Would you question his integrity if he slipped in with your medical intake forms a waiver that legally prohibited you from mentioning his name online? Despite the red... Read more

Obamacare is only first step for reform

Friday, September 7, 2012, 9:41 AM
by Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. Will we ever finish reforming health care? Obamacare made a good start. It will save about 30 million Americans from being shut out of the system for lack of insurance. But much more needs to be done. The prestigious Institute of Medicine issued a report... Read more

What does a consulting background really say about Romney?

Friday, September 7, 2012, 9:41 AM
by Daniel R. Hoffman, Ph.D. At some point, anyone who has done a substantial amount of business research for pharma will have encountered one or more of the major management consultancies. Previous postings here have characterized their analysts as 30-something, Ivy League MBAs who are adept at manipulating... Read more

Dietary supplements baffle even hospitals

Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 5:28 PM
by Erica Cohen A patient is diagnosed with brain cancer. She sees a slew of doctors, including a doctor of holistic medicine who recommends a combination of 25 different dietary supplements. The patient then reports for her first chemotherapy treatment with 25 bottles of supplements in a giant plastic... 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
Latest Health Videos
Also on
letter icon Newsletter