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Archive: June, 2010

Check Up is back

Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 11:22 AM
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 Up is back from this hiatus, but in case you missed what I was working on here are two articles on interesting (I think) surgical procedures performed at Thomas... Read more

Mercury ... fillings ... deja vu

Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 8:28 AM
My colleague Don Sapatkin, who covers public health and has reported on controversy over the material used to fill cavities, summarizes yet another twist in the story: Are dental fillings that contain mercury safe? The tug of war on silver-colored fillings got another tug when the Food and Drug Administration... Read more

Sex: An incentive to lose weight?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 3:13 PM
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 ticket. European researchers conducted a nationwide survey of 12,364 men and women adults living in France in 2006 to assess the relationship between body mass... Read more

High school students’ risky business

Monday, June 7, 2010, 5:04 PM
High school is often a time when teenagers engage in risky health behaviors ranging from experimenting with drugs and alcohol to driving in cars without wearing a seat belt or riding a bike without a helmet. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Youth Risk Behavior Survey... Read more

FDA requires label changes to asthma drug due to safety concerns

Saturday, June 5, 2010, 10:15 AM
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it has required makers of certain asthma medications – so-called long acting beta-agonists (LABAs) such as GlaxoSmithKline’s Advair and AstraZeneca’s Symbicort – due to safety concerns when the drugs are used by themselves... Read more

Neurosurgeon listens to the brain’s songs

Saturday, June 5, 2010, 4:24 PM
Neurosurgeon Gordon Baltuch didn’t just wanted to talk to me about deep brain stimulation – the surgery he helped pioneer in this country to treat symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders – when we met Thursday, he wanted to show me. Actually he wanted me... Read more

Sorry kiddo, no burger for you!

Friday, June 4, 2010, 11:45 AM
Just when I was getting psyched to grill up a bunch of burgers and steaks this weekend, a medical study suggests that doing so could increase my kids’ risk of developing asthma. A major study of more than 50,000 children in 20 countries between 1995 and 2005 found that children who ate a lot... Read more

Contact Wearers Beware

Friday, June 4, 2010, 9:06 AM
Large numbers of people have suffered painful injuries after improperly using Clear Care solution to clean their contact lenses. Clear Care, made by Ciba Vision a Novartis subsidiary, contains 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and requires a special lens holder that neutralizes the cleaning agent over a... Read more

Children’s Hospital earns top ranks again

Thursday, June 3, 2010, 8:27 AM
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was ranked among the elite pediatric medical centers in the nation again this year by the magazine U.S. News & World Report. For the second straight year, the magazine did not award a overall top ranking, but examined children’s hospitals in 10 categories... Read more

New recommendation for cancer patients: Exercise

Thursday, June 3, 2010, 4:17 PM
Cancer patients have a lot going on during treatment and afterwards –which can cause ill effects, take an emotional toll and carry the risk of recurrence – so exercise traditionally has not been encouraged. But a growing body of research has shown that for many patients with certain types... Read more
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Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. President, Institute for Safe Medication Practices
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