Check Up Archive: June, 2010

Children’s Hospital fixes heart valves without surgery

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Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is among a handful of hospitals in the country that have adopted a new approach to fixing the valves... Read more

GSK’s Avandia tops list of deadly drugs in 2009

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The GlaxoSmithKline diabetes drug Avandia topped list of drugs linked to fatal adverse events in 2009, according to an analysis of U.S. Food... Read more

Epi syringe shortage raises risk of fatal errors

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Injections of the hormone epinephrine are used to treat life threatening allergic reactions to everything from bee stings to peanut or fish allergies... Read more

FDA fined Red Cross $16 million

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that it fined the American Red Cross $16.2 million for prior failures to comply with... Read more

Check Up is back

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So for the past week or so I’ve been finishing up a couple of stories and digging out from months of accumulated mess at my desk. Check... Read more

Mercury ... fillings ... deja vu

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My colleague Don Sapatkin, who covers public health and has reported on controversy over the material used to fill cavities, summarizes yet... Read more

Sex: An incentive to lose weight?

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If you are overweight or obese and looking for some motivation to shed those extra pounds, a study in the medical journal BMJ could be the... Read more

High school students’ risky business

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High school is often a time when teenagers engage in risky health behaviors ranging from experimenting with drugs and alcohol to driving in... Read more