Check Up Archive: April, 2010

Hospitals tout economic impact on region

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The Delaware Valley Healthcare Council, the local chapter of Pennsylvania’s hospital association, is urging state and federal lawmakers... Read more

Not so dandy candy

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As a parent of a 3-year-old who is much more interested in “treats” than dinner, I know that anything that looks like candy within... Read more

Blue Cross to pump an extra $47 million a year into primary care

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Independence Blue Cross, the region's largest health insurer, plans to boost payments to primary care doctors by $47 million a year directed... Read more

Prostate cancer vaccine approved

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The FDA approved the first ever cancer vaccine Thursday. Provenge made by Dendreon Corp. of Seattle, Wash. is for men with advanced prostate... Read more

Want to avoid medical errors? Don’t interrupt the nurse

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Nurses who are interrupted as they attempt to administer medications to hospitalized patients are significantly more prone to medical errors... Read more

AstraZeneca paid docs to prescribe drug, government alleged

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Tucked in the $520 million settlement agreement between AstraZeneca and the federal government over the drugmaker's alleged improper marketing... Read more

Please pass the chocolate I feel mood coming on

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Chocolate is the well known cure-all for the depressed, whether it's because of a breakup, job loss or other tragedy. The food is so deeply... Read more

A potentially dangerous drug combo

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Two commonly prescribed drugs that don’t go well together are Plavix, the anti-blood clotting medication often taken by heart patients... Read more