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Archive: October, 2010

What will the Election Mean for Health Care in Pennsylvania?

Friday, October 29, 2010, 12:58 PM
By guest blogger Robert Field: Pennsylvania health care could see major fallout from the upcoming election. The next governor will be in a position to make or break reform in the state. However, the major party candidates have revealed surprisingly little about their plans concerning this volatile... Read more

Give me a shave, haircut and blood pressure check

Thursday, October 28, 2010, 10:11 AM
By Inquirer Staff Writer Marie McCullough: A new study suggests barbershops can help shave the high rates of high blood pressure among African American men. More than 40 percent of African Americans have hypertension, reflecting genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors. Although the disease... Read more

Temple settles with feds over drug diversion

Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 12:38 PM
By Inquirer Staff Writer Marie McCullough: Temple University Health System on Wednesday agreed to hire a consultant to monitor its drug dispensing systems and pay $130,000 to the U.S. government for failing to prevent diversion of controlled substances, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Philadelphia... Read more

Organized Crime as a Free Market Offering

Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 10:21 AM
By guest blogger Daniel Hoffman: For a week now the blogosphere has been in a frenzy over a report published by ProPublica, a non-profit journalism organization that released a study of which doctors received money to speak for drug companies, how much money they got, and the problems created by paying... Read more

Supplement user beware: Red yeast rice products are variable

Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 3:42 PM
By Inquirer Staff Writer Josh Goldstein: Millions of Americans with high cholesterol are using red yeast rice supplements, which have been shown to lower blood fats in the same way as prescription statin drugs. But a study in the current issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine found large variations... Read more

Drug abuse booming with Baby Boomers

Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 11:35 AM
By Inquirer Staff Writer Marie McCullough: A new federal report shows a boom in hospital admissions for medication misuse and illicit drug abuse as Baby Boomers approach old age. Hospital admissions among Americans ages 45 and older for drug-related conditions — both prescription and illegal... Read more

Teething tablets contain deadly nightshade, FDA warns

Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 8:53 AM
By Inquirer Staff Writer Marie McCullough: If you use Hyland's Teething Tablets to try to ease your baby’s misery, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration urges you to do this: Throw the stuff away and report any harmful symptoms. The melt-in-the-mouth tablets contain belladonna, also known... Read more

Super Glue your eyes shut? Relax, it’s not going to be permanent

Monday, October 25, 2010, 2:51 PM
By guest blogger Michael Cohen: Did you happen to read earlier this month about the woman who accidentally glued one of her eyes shut when she mistook Super Glue (cyanoacrylate adhesive) for her eye drops? The Associated Press reported that a woman who had cataract surgery a year ago was reaching... Read more

STOP BANG test for sleep apnea

Friday, October 22, 2010, 2:28 PM
By Inquirer Staff Writer Marie McCullough: STOP-BANG sounds like a heavy metal rock band, but it's actually a simple questionnaire to screen people for sleep apnea. Now, Thomas Jefferson University researchers have a study that shows the test can identify patients who are likely to suffer complications... Read more

Should We Mourn for McHealth Insurance?

Friday, October 22, 2010, 1:08 PM
By guest blogger Robert Field: Imagine owning a $200,000 house and paying $73,000 for homeowners insurance. For anything short of a certified firetrap, most people would consider that a pretty poor deal. Yet, McDonald’s offers its employees something similar for health insurance. For $727... 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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