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Archive: July, 2010

Health reform law gained in July

Saturday, July 31, 2010, 10:36 AM
The Kaiser Family Foundation’s July health tracking poll found that 50 percent of those surveyed viewed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) very favorably or somewhat favorably while 35 percent held the opposite positions. Since May’s tracking poll the law’s... Read more

The decline of the pharma sales reps

Friday, July 30, 2010, 8:42 AM
By guest blogger Daniel Hoffman: Many people who live in the Philly area, a huge hub of the pharmacy industry, know that the drug makers have been laying off sales reps. Lots of them. This week IMS Health, a supplier of sales and marketing data, sponsored a conference near the airport where speakers... Read more

Huge loss of patient data at Jefferson

Thursday, July 29, 2010, 12:16 PM
On Friday, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia notified 21,000 patients that a laptop computer containing their unencrypted personal data including names, birth dates, insurance information and social security numbers was stolen from an office at the hospital on June 14. The laptop... Read more

Social isolation increases risk of early death

Thursday, July 29, 2010, 8:58 AM
So, I was just chatting online with a Facebook friend when I noticed a Google alert about a study that linked social activity, or the lack of it, with your risk of death. Turns out that people with lots of social connections and activity survive longer, and I’m pretty sure the researchers were... Read more

Back pain really hurts the wallet

Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 1:39 PM
Back problems from muscle strains to herniated discs are a growing problem in the U.S., afflicting 27 million adults in 2007, or 12 percent of Americans 18 and older, according to the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Of those reporting back problems, more than 19 million sought... Read more

A potential asthma treatment

Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 8:16 AM
Some 20 million Americans have asthma and many rely on inhalers and steroids to control, but not cure, their conditions. Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center think they have found a promising alternative. Working with human cells, the researchers found that the drug interferon... Read more

A mother’s love boost children in adulthood

Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 11:59 AM
One of the great joys in my life is watching my wife with our two young daughters. It is no great surprise how she showers the girls with love and affection, and that alone is good. Now researchers from Duke University, the Harvard School of Public Health and Brown University report that such positive... Read more

Mail order pharmacy or community pharmacy?

Monday, July 26, 2010, 12:35 PM
By guest blogger Michael Cohen: An article in Sunday’s Inquirer by business columnist Jeff Gelles explained how health insurers and their contracted pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs) make it financially attractive for you to get your prescriptions filled by mail-order pharmacy (usually owned... Read more

No need for heart patients to ground themselves

Monday, July 26, 2010, 11:35 AM
Here's an interesting piece by Brooke Minters who is working on the Health & Science desk this summer: Would-be globetrotters with heart problems can take themselves off their self-imposed no-fly lists, according to the British Cardiovascular Society. Only the critically ill should not board a... Read more

Head lice advice from pediatrics group

Monday, July 26, 2010, 4:12 PM
Children who contract head lice should not be kept home from school, according to updated guidance on the common childhood problem from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The leading association of pediatricians said that although many schools have exclusion, or “no-nits” policies, keeping... 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
Justin D'Ancona
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
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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