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Archive: April, 2010

Hey Doc do you own this joint?

Wednesday, April 7, 2010, 8:15 AM
A study by researchers at the University of Michigan and elsewhere found that doctors who own a piece of surgery centers are significantly more likely to perform a large number of operations than those without such an ownership stake. The researchers raised the possibility that ownership by doctors... Read more

Looking for allergy relief? Read the label first

Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 8:15 AM
Trees are turning green. Flowers are blooming. And allergies are back. But before you grab the Benadryl for a swig of relief, STOP and read the label. It turns out that there are a variety of products that use the Benadryl brand name, and at least one of them is dangerous to drink. When I hear Benadryl... Read more

Medical malpractice trial begins in Chester County

Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 3:02 PM
The lawyers in Lathenia Petty’s medical malpractice suit against her primary care doctor, radiologist and Pottstown Memorial Hospital made their opening arguments to the Chester County jury Tuesday morning. Both sides agreed that Petty’s death of breast cancer in February 2009 was tragic... Read more

Fla. doctor tells Obama supporters to take a hike

Monday, April 5, 2010, 8:15 AM
Sure you expect heated rhetoric from Washington politicians. Democrats slam Republicans and visa versa, but what if the partisan sniping entered your doctor’s office? A Florida doctor recently suggested patients who voted for President Obama should seek care elsewhere, according to a newspaper... Read more

U.S. could save $13 billion with more breastfeeding of babies

Monday, April 5, 2010, 3:34 PM
So a daycare SNAFU meant that I had my 7-month-old in the office this morning and early afternoon, and so I was especially struck by this article in the medical journal Pediatrics. Researchers from Harvard University and the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics in Boston estimate that if 90... Read more

Arthritis sufferers take matters into their own creaky hands

Sunday, April 4, 2010, 5:40 PM
Apparently people can be motivated to change without being badgered to by their doctors. At least that’s what Canadian researchers found for people with arthritis, according to this report in Monday’s Health & Science Section by my colleague Marie McCullough: Imagine it: patients making... Read more

Diabetes drug linked to more than 1,000 deaths

Saturday, April 3, 2010, 11:02 AM
Avandia, GlaxoSmithKline's drug for people with Type 2 diabetes, was linked to more than 1,000 deaths from January through September, 2009, according to an analysis of reports filed with the FDA by the Horsham, Pa.-based Institute for Safe Medication Practices. The nonprofit group, which focuses on... Read more

Do sick children understand complex care issues?

Friday, April 2, 2010, 1:45 PM
Do sick children understand complex care issues? Most children with cancer participate in clinical trials related to their care. And while doctors usually seek to educate their young patients about that research, it is unclear how well children can understand the complex medical issues related to... Read more

Chemical exposure and cancer

Friday, April 2, 2010, 8:47 AM
It seems obvious that you would want to limit your exposure to chemicals and other potentially toxic substances, but a new study suggests that is particularly true for in their 30s. Researchers examined 1,100 women in Montreal and found that women exposed to petroleum products and acrylic fibers during... Read more

Malpractice suit claim: an old fax number led to cancer death

Friday, April 2, 2010, 3:59 PM
In February 2005, Lathenia Petty of Pottstown, Pa. went to her doctor to check out a lump she had felt in her left breast. Petty’s doctor felt the lump, too, and gave her patient a prescription for a mammogram and an ultrasound. That’s when a cascade of errors began, according to a medical... Read more
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Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. President, Institute for Safe Medication Practices
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