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Archive: March, 2010

The expanding uninsured middle class in Pa, N.J. and Del.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 6:30 AM
As Democrats in Washington attempt to push through health care legislation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released a report that says middle class families have been hardest hit by the rising cost of health insurance. Nationally, some 3 million people lost employer health coverage from 2000 to... Read more

Jury awards $5 million punitive damages in nursing malpractice case

Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 4:14 PM
A Philadelphia jury has awarded $5 million in punitive damages in a nursing home medical malpractice case. Just a week and a half ago the jury found Hillcrest Convalescent Home, owned by Genesis Healthcare Corp. of Kennett Square, and Jeanes Hospital of Northeast Philadelphia liable for $1 million... Read more

Do we perform too many invasive heart tests?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 2:38 PM
Nearly 40 percent of patients who underwent cardiac catheterization to diagnose heart disease were found to have no narrowing of their arteries, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study by researchers at Duke University, University of California at San Francisco, and... Read more

More organs needed for transplants

Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 9:41 AM
Hey, buddy, can you spare a kidney? What if you got $10,000 for your trouble? $100,000? Or more? With 106,131 Americans now on waiting lists for an organ - 83,754 of them for kidneys - researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia VA Medical Center sought to find out whether... Read more

Abortion clinic cited by Pa. health department

Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 4:42 PM
First state and federal drug enforcement agents raided his clinic in West Philadelphia investigating suspected illegal distribution of prescription painkillers. Then the Pennsylvania Board of Medicine suspended Kermit B. Gosnell’s license to practice medicine citing "deplorable and unsanitary"... Read more

Decoding disease

Monday, March 15, 2010, 9:43 AM
Efforts to solve the mysteries of various diseases has entered a new phase as scientists work to read the entire genetic code of patients. In today’s Health & Science section my colleague Faye Flam reports on geneticist James Lupski who had his own genetic code sequenced to discover what... Read more

Doctor have you confused, ask for a better explanation

Sunday, March 14, 2010, 8:00 AM
When your doctor talks to you about the pros and cons of a prescription medication or a particular course of treatment, do you just nod your head and smile, while wondering what the heck she means? Turns out you are not alone. A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine reports that many... Read more

Injured Haitian moved to rehab

Friday, March 12, 2010, 2:52 PM
Wilner Pierre, the young Haitian man treated at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in January for spinal injuries suffered during the Jan. 12 earthquake, was transferred to Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Center City today at 11 a.m. Pierre, 29, spent over two weeks being jostled from hospital... Read more

Quest for an effective MS treatment stymied

Friday, March 12, 2010, 11:41 AM
My colleague Marie McCullough has a fascinating article in today’s paper about the challenges that UCLA neurologist Rhonda Voskuhl is facing trying to get an old drug tested for use as a treatment for women with multiple sclerosis. Despite clear evidence that estriol – a form of the female... Read more

Federal court rules vaccine preservative doesn’t cause autism

Friday, March 12, 2010, 9:17 PM
A federal court in Washington ruled that thimerosal – a mercury-containing preservative that has been used in vaccines – does not cause autism. The ruling by special master George Hastings Jr. came in the branch of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims created to deal with claims that vaccines... Read more
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