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Archive: August, 2010

A whooping cough outbreak in suburban Philly?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010, 3:03 PM
In June, California declared a whooping cough epidemic as cases surged to four times the normal number. Now a small increase in cases of the illness in suburban Philadelphia has prompted the Pennsylvania Department of Health to urge residents make sure their vaccinations are up to date. In an article... Read more

Protect yourself, get doc to include reason for drug on Rx

Monday, August 23, 2010, 10:38 AM
By guest blogger Michael Cohen: As a pharmacist, I sometimes hear health care consumers express concerns about the possibility of getting the wrong medication when they have a prescription filled at the pharmacy. Here’s a tip that will vastly reduce that possibility: Along with each prescription... Read more

NRC fined VA for prostate cancer programs failures

Monday, August 23, 2010, 3:00 PM
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission levied a $39,000 fine Monday against the Department of Veterans Affairs for violations of federal regulations of the use of radioactive materials at prostate cancer programs in VA hospitals across the country. The NRC cited two violations that came to light in... Read more

Hospital errors due to medical tubing

Sunday, August 22, 2010, 8:55 AM
The New York Times had an interesting article about the combination of factors that have led to sometimes deadly errors involving tubing used in hospitals on Friday. The Time’s Gardner Harris wrote about a mistake involving the use of a feeding tube in Robin Rodgers pregnant women hospitalized... Read more

Tai chi eases patients' pain

Friday, August 20, 2010, 2:58 PM
In Monday’s Health & Science Section my colleague Marie McCullough has a short item on the how people who with fibromyalgia - a complex pain syndrome - benefited from the tai chi, an ancient, slow-movement martial art from China. Here's a preview of that item for Check Up readers: If you... Read more

Finance mismanagement at big pharma – part two

Friday, August 20, 2010, 8:30 AM
By guest blogger Daniel Hoffman: As an industry facing lower revenues, pharma has suffered the common fate of falling into the hands of its finance officers. Finance direction can be a good thing if the board is looking to sell a company because those managers will make the financial statements look... Read more

Palliative care extends life for lung cancer patients

Thursday, August 19, 2010, 11:43 AM
Patients with advanced lung cancer who got early palliative care - treatment focused on pain management and controlling symptoms - lived longer and had better quality of life than those who received aggressive treatment, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine Thursday. Researchers... Read more

Are we oversignosing ADHD in our kids?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 2:36 PM
Are too many children being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder because they are younger than their classmates and tagged as ADHD because they are acting their age? Michigan State University economist Todd Elder believes that is the case and could result in 900,000 kids being diagnosed... Read more

Will health reform be good for small business?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 8:58 AM
By guest blogger Robert Field: The new health reform law will directly affect small business. In fact, it will probably change things more dramatically for smaller businesses than for larger ones. Will these changes help or hurt them? The answer is a bit of both. The good news is that under health... Read more

Blacks and women prescribed weaker pain medications

Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 11:35 AM
African Americans and women diagnosed with chronic pain are less likely than white men to receive appropriate medications to treat their condition, according to researchers from the University of Michigan. The researchers examined the diagnosis and treatment histories of 128 patients with noncancer... Read more
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Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. President, Institute for Safe Medication Practices
Daniel R. Hoffman, Ph.D. President, Pharmaceutical Business Research Associates
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