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Archive: March, 2010

Autism studies questioned after alleged researcher thefts available here

Friday, March 12, 2010, 8:00 AM
A Danish scientist involved in two major studies that debunked any linkage of vaccines to autism is suspected of misappropriating $2 million in U.S. grants at his university in Denmark. Poul Thorsen, a medical doctor and Ph.D., was an adjunct professor at the Drexel University School of Public Health... Read more

Head lice relief for parents?

Thursday, March 11, 2010, 8:30 AM
You can only imagine my dread when I saw the bright yellow note posted on the door of my daughters’ daycare center: HEAD LICE OUTBREAK. While my six-month-old doesn’t have much hair yet and isn’t likely to get lice, my older daughter has nearly waist-long curly hair and only recently... Read more

Complex treatment choices for men with prostate cancer

Thursday, March 11, 2010, 4:00 AM
Men diagnosed with prostate cancer have many treatment options – surgery, radiation (beam or seed implants), hormone therapy, or watchful waiting. And according to a study in the current issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine the treatment they choose has a lot to do with the type of specialist... Read more

Living kidney donors don't shorten their own lives

Thursday, March 11, 2010, 3:00 PM
Six years ago\my colleague Julie Stoiber wrote about her decision to donate a kidney to her sister in-law. The entire episode left me awed by her generosity and bravery. Julie is no longer at the paper, but an study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has reminded me again... Read more

Medicare tax hikes for wealthy to help pay for President’s health plan

Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 9:18 AM
President Obama has proposed raising $184 billion over ten years to help pay for his $950 billion health plan by imposing new taxes on the investment income of individuals making more than $200,000 a year and couples earning more than $250,000 a year. In addition to paying 2.9 percent on interest and... Read more

Flying stroke patients to hospitals would save lives, study finds

Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 8:45 AM
When a stroke strikes, quick access to emergency care is critical. Getting to a hospital designated as a primary stroke center is even better. But according to researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and elsewhere, only 55 percent of Americans have access to a primary stroke center within... Read more

A Mütter Ball

Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 5:30 PM
Are you ready for an evening among some freakish and gruesome artifacts of 19th century American medicine? For $50 tickets you can attend the Mütter Ball on Friday, the second annual fundraising ball put on by the College of Physicians of Philadelphia at its Center City headquarters – the... Read more

Penn work on incentives to get smokers to quit wins award

Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 3:29 PM
Research led by Kevin Volpp of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University Pennsylvania showed that financial incentives can help people quit smoking. The Penn team’s work with General Electric to implement a smoking cessation program using financial incentives was recognized... Read more

Surviving heart attacks

Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 11:36 AM
When you are having a heart attack, the hospital you go to can make the difference between living and dying. Researchers at Yale, Harvard, Mount Sinai in New York and the University of Michigan studied the outcomes of 718,028 Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized for heart attacks from 2004 through... Read more

Does soda make you fat?

Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 8:30 AM
Mayor Nutter could be onto something. A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine reports that the higher the price of soda, the fewer calories that people consume and the lower their weight. If the goal of the Mayor’s proposed 2 cent an ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages is to take on... 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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