Thursday, February 11, 2016

Medical Mystery: Sudden thigh pain sidelines young athlete

Sunday, January 17, 2016, 3:00 AM
Like almost 70 percent of children who live in the neighborhoods around St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in North Philadelphia, my 12-year-old patient was struggling with her weight. It had been steadily increasing for the last eight years and now that she was starting to go through puberty... Read more

FDA OKs change to endoscopes blamed for superbugs

Friday, January 15, 2016, 11:24 AM
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a modification to a controversial type of endoscope made by Olympus Corp., which has U.S. headquarters in Center Valley, Pa. The company modified the design of its duodenoscope to create a tighter seal around an intricate mechanism that was difficult... Read more

HPV vaccination highest in poor and Hispanic communities

Thursday, January 14, 2016, 12:00 PM
HPV vaccination rates for teenage girls have been highest in the nation’s poorest communities and in predominantly Hispanic communities, according to a new study led by researchers at Temple University and Fox Chase Cancer Center. Two vaccines that prevent infection with the sexually transmitted... Read more

Alzheimer's smell test shows early promise

Thursday, January 14, 2016, 9:43 AM
Does Alzheimer’s have a smell? The answer, according to new research, appears to be Yes. At least to mice. In a study that involved Philadelphia’s Monell Center, mice — and later a machine — were able to detect differences between the smell of urine from normal mice and that... Read more

It's not just Valeant and Shkreli gouging drug prices

Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 4:34 PM
During the past few months, lurid details started emerging about the exploitative price gouging by some pharmas that were either private equity operations or managed as such. These included companies such as Valeant, Martin Shkreli's Turing, and a few others. During that time pharma's lobby, the PhRMA... Read more

Celebrating vaccine pioneer Benjamin Franklin on his 310th birthday

Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 3:32 PM
Benjamin Franklin invented the lightning rod after flying kites into electrical storms, came up with bifocals, and published Poor Richard’s Almanac, not to mention cofounded Pennsylvania Hospital, America’s first. Turns out he also was thinking ahead about vaccines. “In 1736 I lost... Read more

Implanted sensor monitors heart failure patients

Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 10:49 AM
Abington Hospital is the latest to offer patients with moderately severe heart failure an implantable sensor that monitors pulmonary artery pressure to help detect worsening of the condition, allowing adjustment of medications. The paperclip-size device, called CardioMEMS and marketed by St. Jude... Read more

Children of Mexican immigrants eat bad U.S. diet, Penn State study finds

Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 9:55 AM
Boys in Mexican immigrant families have among the highest obesity rates among young children of all racial and ethnic groups in the United States. A new study from Pennsylvania State University suggests a possible reason why: an affinity for the fast-food-rich American diet. In a new study in the... Read more

A surgeon defends gun ownership – and safety

Monday, January 11, 2016, 11:32 AM
In September 2009, I was doing my surgical residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania during a heartbreaking string of gun-related deaths. At the time, I felt compelled to write an article about this and the editors of the Main Line Times published it. I wasn’t judging why... Read more

Medical Mystery: Chronic pain but no cause

Sunday, January 10, 2016, 3:00 AM
JK was a 50-year-old woman who came to me after suffering from widespread pain for many years. Despite her efforts, she had never received a medical diagnosis that could explain her misery - or effective treatment to address her pain. She told me she was certain she had rheumatoid arthritis. She said... 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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