Monday, November 30, 2015

Extortionate prices aren't necessary for better, new drugs

Monday, November 9, 2015, 3:01 PM
In late October we noted an item from Politico about the pharmaceutical industry's lobby, PhRMA (the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association) meeting to launch a massive PR campaign aimed at defending increasingly unaffordable drug prices. Last week, the first product of those meetings... Read more

Essure and Congress: Health priority or political posturing?

Monday, November 9, 2015, 2:54 PM
On Nov. 4, Republican Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania’s eighth district introduced a women’s health bill called E-Free aimed at protecting women from the Essure medical device. You can read about this bill here. Women across the country who have been harmed by the device contacted... Read more

Daily dose: Nov. 9 health headlines

Monday, November 9, 2015, 11:38 AM
Here's your daily dose of the latest health and science news and what you need to know: Penn study: Pay patients to take their pills Statins are proven to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, yet as many as half of patients with prescriptions eventually stop taking the pills. A possible solution... Read more

Why does he have a painful, swollen ankle?

Sunday, November 8, 2015, 6:00 AM
Mr. G was referred to me after his left ankle had been hurting him for two months. The first physician he went to thought he had cellulitis, an infection of the soft tissue underneath the skin. But antibiotics did not help the otherwise healthy 60-year-old. The next doctor he saw thought he might... Read more

True and false about the common cold

Sunday, November 8, 2015, 6:00 AM
Q: How can I keep from catching a cold, and if I do, what's the best way to treat it? A: There are a lot of beliefs on this topic, so let's look at a few: Spending too much time outdoors or going outside while wet in the winter increases your odds of getting a cold. - False. Cold viruses are... Read more

Daily dose: Nov. 6 health headlines

Friday, November 6, 2015, 10:57 AM
Here's your daily dose of the latest health and science news and what you need to know: Pa. moves to tighten vaccination requirements Pennsylvania officials proposed multiple changes Thursday to strengthen immunization requirements for school entry that would bring the state more in line with the... Read more

What does obesity cost?

Friday, November 6, 2015, 10:08 AM
The national bill just for providing obesity-related health services for the severely obese is $69 billion a year, researchers reported in this month’s Health Affairs. You can view the abstract here. By the way, severe obesity starts at a Body Mass Index of 35 or about 204 pounds for a person... Read more

New website helps parents make schools healthier

Thursday, November 5, 2015, 3:23 PM
Parents play a powerful role in keeping children healthy at school as well as at home. That’s why the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the nation’s leading public health agency, has just launched a wealth of online resource materials called “Parents for Healthy Schools... Read more

Report: Calories on menus could be making fast food lighter

Thursday, November 5, 2015, 12:01 PM
Planning to grab some fast food for lunch today? Even if you carefully ignore the calorie counts posted at many chain restaurants, the simple fact that they exist may mean you are getting a more diet-friendly meal. That’s the conclusion of a new study in the journal Health Affairs that looked... Read more

Daily dose: Nov. 5 health headlines

Thursday, November 5, 2015, 11:42 AM
Here's your daily dose of the latest health and science news and what you need to know: Medical device critics prevail in clash with renowned hospital A renowned Boston medical center was ordered by a judge Tuesday to stop imposing extraordinary security measures on a Bucks County cancer patient... 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, infectious diseases and substance abuse
Justin D'Ancona
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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