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Archive: March, 2010

Baby translation?

Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 6:30 AM
I think I’m pretty good at translating the cries of my infant daughter. She’s six months old and I can usually tell the difference between a “feed me” cry and a “change me” cry – worst case scenario a sniff will clue me in pretty quick. But apparently researchers... Read more

Are too many young docs leaving NJ?

Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 3:31 PM
A new report from the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals shows that many young doctors leave the garden state after completing their post medical school training. The apparently aptly named 2009 New Jersey Resident Exit Survey Final Report found that fewer than one in three residents intend to... Read more

Alcohol consumption may help women avoid weight gain

Monday, March 8, 2010, 2:22 PM
Go ahead, ladies. Have a glass of wine or a beer. It may help you maintain your weight. A study in the current issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine by Harvard University researchers found that women who drank moderate amounts of alcohol gained less weight and were less likely to become overweight... Read more

Proposed Medicaid expansion to cover uninsured

Monday, March 8, 2010, 11:30 AM
A central component of Democratic efforts to expand health coverage for uninsured Americans is to extend Medicaid eligibility to poor adults without children, a group of people who have never before had access to the joint federal-state health program. Since its creation in the 1960s, Medicaid has... Read more

Five local views of the health debate

Monday, March 8, 2010, 8:30 AM
In Sunday’s paper my colleague Jane Von Bergen has collected five stories from local people with stakes in the health debate raging in Washington, D.C. Steve Udvarhelyi, executive vice president of the region’s largest health insurer, Independence Blue Cross said that the focus needs to... Read more

Talk therapy eases back pain

Monday, March 8, 2010, 3:30 AM
Aching back? Maybe some talk therapy would help. Researchers from the University of Warwick and the University of Oxford in England studied 701 adults treated for lower back pain at 56 medical practices for a year. Two-thirds of the participants (468) underwent six group sessions of cognitive behavioral... Read more

Not eating nuts, eggs during pregnancy can cut risk of child having allergies

Saturday, March 6, 2010, 11:34 AM
Are you pregnant? Worried about you baby developing dangerous peanut or egg allergies? Maybe you already have an allergic child. Well, if you don’t eat peanuts and eggs late in your pregnancy, you could significantly reduce the risk your baby will develop allergies to the foods, according to... Read more

Insulin errors at PA hospitals documented

Friday, March 5, 2010, 10:06 AM
The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, an independent state agency that tracks medical errors and close calls in the state’s hospitals, said that between January 1, 2008 and June 6, 2009 health-care facilities in the state reported 2,685 “events” involving insulin. Medication... Read more

Four cups of coffee a day might keep the doctor away

Friday, March 5, 2010, 6:00 AM
I don’t really need an excuse to have another cup of coffee - I have a 6-month-old who isn't sleeping through the night on a regular basis. Still, research from Kaiser Permanente in California gives a reason to grab another mug. A new Kaiser study presented this week at The American Heart Association... Read more

CDC maps heart disease and stroke in America

Friday, March 5, 2010, 3:29 PM
Cardiovascular diseases including heart attack and stroke are the leading cause of death in America. The illnesses cut across race, ethnicity and gender. These diseases affect more than 80 million Americans and last year cost an estimated $475.3 billion in direct health spending and lost productivity... Read more
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Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. President, Institute for Safe Medication Practices
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