Check Up Archive: February, 2011

Parents of hospitalized children can prevent errors and also cause them

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Parents are often given open visiting hours to be with their hospitalized child. Many parents take advantage of this option and remain with... Read more

Proponent of insurance mandate asks: How about the ER?

Opponents of President Obama’s health-care overhaul have focused on the requirement that most people buy insurance by 2014 or face penalties... Read more

Looking for Individual Health Insurance? Good Luck

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Imagine Donna Dubinsky’s surprise when she was turned down for health insurance. The reason? She had a corn on her toe. Donna had applied... Read more

Lead found in ceramics from Philadelphia's Chinatown

Exploring Chinatown after moving to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital last summer, emergency-room doctor Gerald F. O'Malley noticed brightly... Read more

Why the feds are justified in taking a harder line against longer pharma patents

Right-wing ideologues and corporate sycophants are attacking plans by the White House to shorten the patent exclusivity of biological drugs... Read more

Pradaxa capsules' quick decay can surprise patients

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Patients taking the new anticlotting drug Pradaxa may be in for a surprise. The capsules deteriorate quickly when exposed to humidity, and... Read more

Coming soon to a state near you: Health care rationing

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No one wants the government to ration health care. Least of all, many of health reform’s staunchest opponents. They warned that Obamacare... Read more

“Triaminic” acetaminophen product could prove dangerous to kids

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By Michael R. Cohen: president of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices A young mother went to her local pharmacy the other day to find... Read more