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Archive: May, 2010

Spouses of patients with dementia at risk

Thursday, May 6, 2010, 9:26 AM
Watching friends of my parents slip away into Alzheimer’s disease is painful. Perhaps the most devastating part is watching their spouses struggle to care for them as the illness becomes progressively worse. It is painful to see such declines in people you remember in their full vigor. I can... Read more

More parents delaying or refusing to vaccinate their kids

Wednesday, May 5, 2010, 12:34 PM
At my youngest daughter’s last well baby doctor’s appointment, she got lots of shots (swine flu, seasonal flu and several others) so our pediatrician recommended we delay her third DTaP a week or so. She didn’t want to overwhelm the 6-month-old’s system. Well, a week dragged... Read more

Hey doc, please wash your hands

Wednesday, May 5, 2010, 8:24 AM
Happy Global Hand Hygiene Day! Today, Wednesday May 5, 2010 is the second day designated to remind healthcare workers across the world, and the rest of us, that washing hands saves lives. As the parent of a three-year-old I am acutely aware of the need for hand washing. I counted and on Saturday... Read more

Pregnancy texts: tips for pregnant women and new moms

Wednesday, May 5, 2010, 4:51 PM
Ain’t high-tech great! With almost all of us using cell phones and smart phones, the medical community has figured out that it can tap into that market to promote better health habits. In March, researchers at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center and the University of Pennsylvania reported in... Read more

VA cancer report more dud than thud

Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 12:46 PM
After months of investigation, the Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General’s Office issued its report on the troubled prostate brachytherapy program at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. The 110-page report is the last of several probes into the troubled prostate brachytherapy program... Read more

Two S. Jersey Hospital Heart Deaths Higher Than Expected, State Reports

Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 4:19 PM
Cooper University Hospital and Deborah Heart and Lung Center — two of the three hospitals with open heart surgery programs in South Jersey — had higher than expected death rates for bypass surgeries in 2007, according a state report released Tuesday. The annual Cardiac Surgery report by... Read more

Doctors and the death penalty

Monday, May 3, 2010, 11:30 AM
Should doctors participate in executions? It’s a basic question of medical ethics. For one doctors' group, the American Board of Anesthesiologists, the answer is no, according to an article in Sunday’s Washington Post. The Post reported that the group has quietly moved to decertify doctors... Read more

'Medical Homes' for Asthmatics Reduced ER Visits, Hospital Admissions

Monday, May 3, 2010, 8:30 AM
Asthma is a major cause of avoidable hospital admissions and ER visits in children, particularly those from poor communities. In addition to the burden on the children and their families, such preventable complications of chronic illness are major cost drivers adding to the nation’s more than... Read more

VA Inspector General’s Report on Philadelphia Hospital finds flaws

Monday, May 3, 2010, 3:19 PM
After 23 months, investigating a troubled prostate cancer program at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, the Inspector General’s Office of the Department of Veterans Affairs on the issued its report Monday. The report, like earlier probes into the matter, found that the VA failed to properly... Read more

Check for Recalled Infant and Children’s Drugs

Sunday, May 2, 2010, 8:47 AM
With an eight-month-old infant who is teething, I’ve depended on infant Motrin to get even a little sleep for the last several weeks. When I learned about the recall of more than 40 over-the-counter children’s medications my McNeil Consumer Healthcare, I quickly looked in our medicine cabinet... Read more
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