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Archive: January, 2011

Why So Little on Health Reform in the State of the Union?

Friday, January 28, 2011, 7:20 AM
By guest blogger Robert Field: President Obama uttered almost 7,000 words in his State of the Union address Tuesday night. By my count, he directed only 208 of them to health reform. That’s about three percent of the speech focused on his signature policy initiative. He used almost a third... Read more

Finance managers plague the pharmaceutical industry

Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 7:15 AM
By guest blogger Daniel Hoffman Wall Street nearly wrecked the global economy by hiring mathematicians and physicists to design complex models for financial instruments that defied common sense. Now pharma has sought to emulate these Rain Men. No matter that the folly of running pharma companies... Read more

Urgent call for blood donations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey

Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 6:59 PM
Severe weather on the East Coast has led to the recent cancellation of 14,000 blood and platelet donations, including an estimated 1,800 units in New Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania, the American Red Cross said Tuesday in making its first national appeal since 2004. “We have not seen the... Read more

Switching generic drugs can lead to mistakes

Monday, January 31, 2011, 10:26 AM
By guest blogger Michael R. Cohen: President of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices As generic drug products continue to proliferate, patients and health care professionals often become desensitized to the changes in medication appearance that frequently occur. Patients may not question a... Read more

How the Partisan War Over Health Care Can End

Friday, January 21, 2011, 7:10 AM
By guest blogger Robert Field: The House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to repeal Obamacare. The move is almost certain to die in the Senate, where Democratic majority leader Harry Reid has vowed to prevent it from even coming up for a vote. Even if repeal somehow squeaked through, President... Read more

Pennsylvania and New Jersey given low grades for foodborne illness reporting

Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 5:00 PM
Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware each earned a “D” on report cards for their reporting of foodborne illness outbreaks over 10 years, according to grading done by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. The fewer outbreaks per capita that were reported to the federal government... Read more

Lourdes buys big New Jersey cardiology group

Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 8:23 PM
One of South Jersey’s largest private cardiology groups has been sold to Lourdes Health System. The move by Associated Cardiovascular Consultants is part of a growing trend, as heart specialists grapple with falling Medicare reimbursements and increased costs as well as changes in federal law... Read more

Hot flashes and the brain

Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 3:09 PM
It would be insulting and inaccurate to suggest that the menopausal meltdown known as a hot flash is all in a woman’s head. But the brain plays a big, rather mysterious, role. The latest evidence comes from a study of the anti-depressant Lexapro led by University of Pennsylvania researcher Ellen... Read more

Yes, music can get you high. Science shows how. (Try it!)

Monday, January 17, 2011, 11:55 AM
Maybe sex, drugs and rock and roll belong together even more than we thought. A new study from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital at McGill University found that listening to highly pleasurable music releases the same reward neurotransmitter — dopamine — in the brain that... Read more

How Camphor continues to poison children

Monday, January 17, 2011, 6:05 AM
By guest blogger Michael R. Cohen: President of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Exactly three years ago today, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issued an alert about use of camphor products around children. The alert mentioned children who were hospitalized with... 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, nueroscience and ageing
Marie McCullough Inquirer Staff Writer, cancer and women's health
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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