Check Up Archive: April, 2010

Parents beware: prescription drug abuse rising

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Prescription drug abuse is rising and a group representing ER doctors is warning parents to better track their medications and be on the lookout... Read more

Dads may help youngsters deal with the outside world

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Sometimes it seems dads get the short end of things. I generally enjoy helping out with me kids giving baths, brushing hair, cooking meals... Read more

Vitamins not effective in preventing preeclampsia

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My wife is careful with what she puts in her body, never more so than during her pregnancies. But she doesn’t like to take medications... Read more

Obese women more apt to have babies with heart defects

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Thinking about having a baby? A diet might be in order first, according to new study by National Institutes of Health researchers. Obese women... Read more

Toddler dies of heparin overdose

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Another death related to the blood thinner heparin has medication safety experts calling for renewed vigilance by hospitals, doctors and other... Read more

Costly care - a $1,500 ER visit

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Like most parents, I would do whatever it takes if one of my children is hurt. Certainly that would include – and has included –... Read more

Sleep apnea doubles stroke risk for men

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When my wife used to complain that my snoring was keeping her awake at night I would joke that I didn’t believe that I snored. Then after... Read more

Rare infection found in Phila. hospital patient

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A patient at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia has been diagnosed with a rare form of staph infection - Vancomycin-resistant Staphyloccus... Read more