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Archive: December, 2011

Donald Berwick’s departure as Head of Medicare is a loss for the country

Friday, December 9, 2011, 6:00 AM
Imagine a doctor who has saved over 120,000 lives. His knowledge is so highly valued that over 3,000 hospitals have sought his advice. Experts credit him with revolutionizing the quality of American health care. For his accomplishments, he has been honored with numerous awards. He has even received... Read more

Outsourcing, Partnering Sound Sexy But Won't Cure Pharma

Wednesday, December 7, 2011, 7:52 AM
Another consulting group chimed in last week to specify how pharma's declining ability to launch new drugs has hurt the industry's financial results. It seems as if the principal contribution of these large consultancies consists of competing with one another to produce their own, unique measurements... Read more

Is it safer to use mail order or your local pharmacy?

Monday, December 5, 2011, 6:00 AM
Is there a real difference between mail order pharmacies and community pharmacies when it comes to patient safety? It’s a question that’s thrown my way now and then. Just this Thursday, after The Inquirer published one of my recent blogs, Ann from Wayne wrote: “It is ironic that... Read more

Health Reform is Still Shrouded in Myths

Friday, December 2, 2011, 6:00 AM
Derivatives, credit default swaps, and health reform. Few people seem to really understand any of them. Congress passed the health reform law over a year and a half ago, yet it is still shrouded in myths. A new poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 53% of American think it includes a government-run... Read more

Nurses face an epidemic of violence in hospitals

Thursday, December 1, 2011, 6:00 AM
An Alabama ER nurse, Tammy Mathews, was working a late-night shift when an intoxicated and medicated patient grabbed her around the neck, choked her until she couldn’t breathe and spit in her face. She survived, MSNBC reported, but found that her employer wanted her to drop assault charges against... 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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