Check Up Archive: July, 2010

FDA warns against using the malaria drug Qualaquin for leg cramps

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Every once in a while I am shocked awake by a bad leg cramp that forces me out of bed in an effort to ease the pain. For me it’s a rare... Read more

VA simplifies PTSD claims

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The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs announced Monday that it would change the way it assesses whether a veteran qualifies to get benefits... Read more

Don't get burned by an MRI

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By guest blogger Michael Cohen: Each year millions of Americans under go magnetic resonance imaging scans to diagnose problems ranging from... Read more

Huge job cuts at Merck

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Merck & Co. announced it would reduce it’s workforce by 15 percent or about 16,000 people and close eight research laboratories and... Read more

Prescription for disaster?

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By guest blogger Daniel Hoffman: With a dearth of new products in the pipeline and numerous blockbusters drugs about to come off patent, many... Read more

Don't skip those "hidden" drug labels

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By guest blogger Michael Cohen: Wednesday I warned about the dangers of not reading the labels on the over-the-counter (OTC) medications.... Read more

FDA warns about weight-loss supplement

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The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning Thursday against the weight-loss supplement sold under the name Que She. The agency said... Read more

Berwick given recess appointment to head Medicare agency

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President Obama appointed Donald Berwick, the Harvard Medical School professor and one of the nation’s leading advocates of patient safety... Read more