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Archive: February, 2010

Earthquake déjà vu

Sunday, February 28, 2010, 5:14 PM
After a huge earthquake hit Chile on Saturday it was difficult to avoid a feeling of déjà vu. Just seven weeks ago similar scenes of destruction streamed out of Haiti. Following the Haitian quake Americans responded generously. In similar fashion medical aid and emergency response teams... Read more

Study: Marijuana use and the risk of psychosis

Saturday, February 27, 2010, 10:07 AM
Does smoking pot over long periods of time increase the risk of hallucinations, delusions or psychosis? Or are people prone to such problems more likely to use marijuana? An Australian study looking into the complex relationship between psychosis and marijuana use was scheduled to appear in the Archives... Read more

Health care in America, a view inside a hospital

Saturday, February 27, 2010, 6:23 PM
Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer contains the first in an occasional series of stories by my colleague Michael Vitez from inside Abington Memorial Hospital in Montgomery County. The stories will examine the issues confronting health care in America from the front lines, a large community hospital. As... Read more

PA to get federal $ to share electronic medical records statewide

Friday, February 26, 2010, 12:04 PM
Pennsylvania is getting a $17.1 million federal grant to help it develop the infrastructure to enable a statewide sharing of computerized health records. The grant comes on the heels of nearly $100 million in federal funding to a consortium of education and health groups to build a fiber optic network... Read more

Compare health proposals for yourself

Friday, February 26, 2010, 6:30 AM
After the day-long Obama health summit you’ve heard all the talking points and more from Democrats and Republicans. If you still really want to dig into all the different health proposals floating in Washington, the Kaiser Family Foundation provide you with a handy side-by-side comparison chart... Read more

More snow challenges for local hospitals?

Thursday, February 25, 2010, 2:37 PM
As the snow falls in what could be the fourth major storm of the winter, hospitals across the region geared up their now-well practiced contingency plans. The key element of preparation was making sure staff can get to work. While some hospitals cancel nonessential appointments and procedures when... Read more

Vaccinate or skip it?

Thursday, February 25, 2010, 11:58 AM
So I’m squarely in the vaccinate camp. On Saturday my youngest daughter turned 6 months old. On Monday at her 6-month doctor’s appointment she got five different vaccinations, four shots and one oral. That included shots for both seasonal flu and for the swine flu strain. In fact, last... Read more

Medical malpractice in the health debate

Thursday, February 25, 2010, 6:30 AM
On Sunday the obstetrics unit at Mercy Suburban Hospital in East Norriton, Pa. in Montgomery County will be shut down. The closure announced last year will take place four months earlier than originally planned due to dwindling resources and patients the hospital said. As the sixteenth hospital to... Read more

Syphilis on the rise in Philly

Thursday, February 25, 2010, 3:00 AM
A dramatic rise in the number of cases of infectious syphilis among women of childbearing age led the Philadelphia Health Department of alert health-care providers and issue new screening guidelines Wednesday, my colleague Don Sapatkin reported. The numbers were relatively small: 218 cases in 2009... Read more

Philadelphia-based doctors group weigh in on Obama health plan

Wednesday, February 24, 2010, 1:53 PM
The American College of Physicians, a Philadelphia-based organization representing 129,000 doctors and medical students across the nation, said President Obama’s proposed health care bill “has many of the key policies needed to make health insurance coverage available to all Americans,... 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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