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Archive: October, 2010

Act fast or nation’s health bill will swamp its GDP

Friday, October 22, 2010, 3:36 PM
By Inquirer Staff Writer Trishula Patel: If we don’t move fast enough to reform our heath system, the United States will be paying 40 percent of its Gross Domestic Product on medical care by 2075. This was a central point Friday of a keynote speech by Ann Torregrossa, director of the Pennsylvania... Read more

PA goes after SIDS

Thursday, October 21, 2010, 2:45 PM
By Inquirer Medical Writer Marie McCullough: Pennsylvania hospitals and birthing centers will soon give information about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and safe sleeping practices to parents before they take their newborn babies home. The new Department of Health initiative is modeled after... Read more

If Pharma Can’t Be Good, At Least It Should Be Clever

Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 10:56 AM
By guest blogger Daniel Hoffman: It’s not exactly a secret that the rate at which pharmaceutical companies submit new drugs for approval has been declining the past several years. That’s only one source of a coming crunch for the industry. Absent compelling reasons to use new brand-name... Read more

New CPR guidelines, save your breath

Monday, October 18, 2010, 12:22 PM
Save your breath and save a life. The American Heart Association today announced new CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, guidelines that recommend chest compression only for bystander efforts to resuscitate adults who collapse in cardiac arrest. Check out this video where resuscitation experts... Read more

Confusion over meaning of colored wristbands for hospitalized patients

Monday, October 18, 2010, 8:47 AM
By guest blogger Michael Cohen: A hospitalized patient with known severe allergy to natural rubber latex was given a green bracelet which, at this particular hospital, signaled that the patient had this condition. During his stay, he was transported to an outpatient diagnostic center for a test. Staff... Read more

Will Health Reform Turn Us Into Europe?

Friday, October 15, 2010, 11:36 AM
By guest blogger Robert Field: Is American health care about to become like Europe’s? Critics charge that health reform is modeled on the European approach. They see in Europe a government-run system with limits on the free market. Obamacare could be bringing us the same thing. Comparing... Read more

FDA warns consumers against OTC chelation products

Friday, October 15, 2010, 8:44 AM
Parents of children with autism or relatives of people with Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s sometimes turn to so-called chelation products purchased on the internet and elsewhere to treat these serious health conditions. Chelation products are intended to remove heavy metal from the body, but... Read more

A potential breakthrough against aggressive cancers

Thursday, October 14, 2010, 2:42 PM
Researchers at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia have identified a protein that can play a critical role in the growth and spread of various forms of cancers, including breast cancer. The loss of the protein, Nedd9, initially slows the growth of tumors, but over time the cancer cells that... Read more

NJ Abortion Doctor's License Suspended

Thursday, October 14, 2010, 8:41 AM
UPDATE: Inquirer medical writer Marie McCullough reported from Wednesday's hearing in Trenton: TRENTON - The New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners on Wednesday temporarily suspended the license of abortion doctor Steven Chase Brigham, ruling that the Voorhees-based entrepreneur is "a clear and... Read more

Judge: States suit vs health reform can proceed

Thursday, October 14, 2010, 5:00 PM
A federal judge in Florida has ruled that a suit challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act may go to trial, the Associated Press reports. The ruling by Florida District Judge Roger Vinson Thursday came a day after a federal judge in Michigan threw out a similar suit. Here’s... 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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