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Archive: July, 2010

Avoid the ER, read your medication labels

Wednesday, July 7, 2010, 9:06 AM
By guest blogger Michael Cohen: Over-the-counter medications from cough medicines and heart burn drug to pain relievers and allergy pills are so ubiquitous these days many people often neglect to read the label. That can lead to serious consequences and sometimes death. Many visits to doctor’s... Read more

Got back pain? Glucosamine won’t help.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010, 3:22 PM
Chronic back pain in a common problem in the U.S. afflicting more than 20 million people. Many turn to the supplement glucosamine, despite little solid evidence that it helps people suffering from chronic back pain or joint pain caused by osteoarthritis. A study published in the current issue of... Read more

“Me-too” Products Won’t Do It Anymore

Tuesday, July 6, 2010, 12:22 PM
By guest blogger Daniel Hoffman: Subordinates to the pharmaceutical industry’s top executives worry about the declining chances of making huge profits from new products. This situation represents a change from years past, when new products that were clinically indistinguishable from older competitors... Read more

Study: Vaccines don’t lead to arthritis in adults

Tuesday, July 6, 2010, 4:03 PM
New tales on the internet, much like old-wives tales, often don’t hold up to scientific scrutiny. Such is the case with the idea that immunizations for everything from tetanus to swine flu can trigger rheumatoid arthritis, according to a study published online Tuesday in the BMJ journal the... 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, nueroscience and ageing
Marie McCullough Inquirer Staff Writer, cancer and women's health
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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