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Archive: June, 2010

Health reform law now viewed more positively

Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 1:27 PM
The Kaiser Family Foundation’s June tracking poll found that 48 percent of Americans surveyed had a somewhat favorable or very favorable opinion of the health reform bill passed in March. That was an increase from the previous month when 41 percent of those surveyed said they viewed the law favorably... Read more

Guarding against medical conflicts of interest

Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 11:07 AM
In an effort to limit financial conflicts of interest between academic medicine – hospitals, universities and doctors - and industry – drug makers and medical device companies – the Association of American Medical Colleges issued a report today establishing new guidelines to limit... Read more

Study finds GSK's diabetes drug Avandia increases risk of death

Tuesday, June 29, 2010, 9:01 AM
A major study of the GlaxoSmithKline diabetes drug Avandia "was associated with an increased risk of stroke, heart failure, and all-cause mortality and an increased risk of the composite of AMI (Acute Myocardial Infarction), stroke, heart failure, or all-cause mortality in patients 65 years or... Read more

VA on radiation hot seat

Tuesday, June 29, 2010, 4:09 PM
The failures of a prostate cancer program at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center and similar problems at 12 other VA hospitals has raised questions about whether the Veterans Health Administration can adequately oversee the safe use of radioactive materials in its health system. Wednesday, top radiation... Read more

The Chicken Pox

Monday, June 28, 2010, 1:01 PM
So close. Just two months before she would get her chicken pox vaccine, my 10-month-old daughter got the virus. It kind of freaked out my wife and me over the weekend as our baby developed a fever, threw up a couple times and was cranky. Then on Sunday, chicken pox appeared and again it was scary... Read more

Finally, some good news on childhood obesity

Sunday, June 27, 2010, 4:15 PM
My colleague, public health writer Don Sapatkin, reports the following developments from a major study released this afternoon at a medical conference in Orlando, Fla.: Tantalizing evidence that America's epidemic of childhood obesity may be starting to subside was presented Sunday by researchers... Read more

Is California’s whooping cough epidemic a sign of poor vaccination rates?

Friday, June 25, 2010, 2:13 PM
The California Department of Public Health declared a whooping cough epidemic after recording a quadrupling of cases that has reached 910 so far this year. The agency said local public health agencies are investigating another 600 cases of the illness that starts with a cough and runny nose for one... Read more

Report finds nearly 26,000 infections in PA hospitals

Thursday, June 24, 2010, 1:36 PM
Hospitals in the Philadelphia region fared poorly in so-called hospital-acquired infections in 2009, according to a new report issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Overall, 250 hospitals across the commonwealth reported that 25,914 patients contracted infection during the course of their... Read more

Study: Magnetic pulses could benefit Alzheimer's patients

Thursday, June 24, 2010, 11:23 AM
Italian researchers reported positive results in a small study involving ten patients with Alzheimer's Disease who underwent repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation - a technique that delivers several magnetic pulses to the brain in rapid sequences at various frequencies. The goal was to determine... Read more

Swingers, still around and at risk for sexually transmitted diseases

Thursday, June 24, 2010, 8:45 AM
I was shocked, shocked to learn that people who regularly swap partners, visit sex clubs for couples, and participate in groups sex are at high risk for sexually transmitted diseases. Apparently public health researchers in The Netherlands needed to check the clientele at an STD clinic to determine... Read more
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Check Up is a blog for savvy health consumers, covering the latest developments, discoveries, and debates from the Philadelphia area and beyond.

Portions of this blog may also be found in the Inquirer's Sunday Health Section.

Charlotte Sutton Health and Science Editor, Philadelphia Inquirer
Tom Avril Inquirer Staff Writer, heart health and general science
Stacey Burling Inquirer Staff Writer, neuroscience and aging
Marie McCullough Inquirer Staff Writer, cancer and women's health
Don Sapatkin Inquirer Staff Writer, public health, infectious diseases and substance abuse
Justin D'Ancona Philly.com
David Becker, M.D. Board certified cardiologist, Chestnut Hill Temple Cardiology
Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. President, Institute for Safe Medication Practices
Daniel R. Hoffman, Ph.D. President, Pharmaceutical Business Research Associates
Hooman Noorchashm, M.D., Ph.D. Cardiothoracic surgeon in the Philadelphia area
Amy J. Reed, M.D., Ph.D. Anesthesiologist and Surgical Intensivist in the Philadelphia Area
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