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Archive: August, 2010

Beer drinking linked to psoriasis in women

Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 9:06 AM
A glass of wine is fine, ladies, but you might want to steer clear of the beer, according to a study in the Archives of Dermatology this week. Researchers from Harvard University found that women who drank regular beer were 76 percent more likely to develop psoriasis compared to as those who did not... Read more

Major increase in adolescent hearing loss

Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 4:00 PM
Maybe you just think your teenager isn’t listening. Perhaps she can’t hear you. You might think about having him turn down the volume on his MP3 player - not so he can hear you better but to prevent him from going deaf. A study in Wednesday’s issue of the Journal of the American... Read more

Parents – your medicine patches can injure your kids

Monday, August 16, 2010, 11:28 AM
By guest blogger Michael Cohen: Skin patches have become a popular way to take certain medicines rather than pills or shots. However, there are some things you need to know in order to keep children out of harms way. Not too long ago we heard from a kindergarten teacher whose student was using Daytrana... Read more

Hospital care for diabetes patients cost $83 billion

Monday, August 16, 2010, 3:08 PM
Almost one in four dollars spent by hospitals (23 percent) to care for patients in 2008 went toward treating patients with diabetes, according to the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Altogether hospitalized patients with a diagnosis of diabetes got $83 billion in care. Patients... Read more

More than pills needed

Friday, August 13, 2010, 8:52 AM
By guest blogger Daniel Hoffman: Second quarter earnings for most Big Pharma companies were good. A couple of companies mentioned various one-time charges (e.g., restructuring) to explain why the numbers weren’t even better. The fact remains, however, that much of the earnings growth this year... Read more

FDA should act on drug shortages

Thursday, August 12, 2010, 9:53 AM
By guest blogger Michael Cohen: As noted in a previous post severe drug shortages have cropped up in our nation’s hospitals. This is a major problem and it’s having dangerous repercussions. We recently surveyed health professionals that work in US hospitals to ask them how the drug shortage... Read more

Improved warnings coming for Clear Care

Wednesday, August 11, 2010, 11:56 AM
By guest blogger Michael Cohen: Ciba Vision, the company that makes Clear Care® Cleaning and Disinfecting Solution for contact lenses, informed us this week that they have been in communication with FDA regarding updates to the container warning system for their product. Seeing all multipurpose... Read more

Is Obamacare different from past health reform efforts?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010, 9:42 AM
By guest blogger Robert Field: Barak Obama didn't come up with the idea of reforming our health care system. Nor did it begin with Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter or any other Democratic president. It started with Republican Teddy Roosevelt in 1912, and more recently with Richard Nixon in the 1970s, who... Read more

When things go wrong at the pharmacy

Monday, August 9, 2010, 2:19 PM
By guest blogger Michael Cohen: What should you do if you or a loved one discovers that your pharmacy made a mistake when filling your prescription? The chance of something going wrong—anything from a typing mistake to dispensing the wrong drug or dose—is about 1.7% overall according to... Read more

No increase in patient deaths for foreign-trained docs

Saturday, August 7, 2010, 9:26 AM
Nearly one in four doctors practicing in America graduated from a foreign medical school. And with a physician shortage looming, the number of foreign-trained doctors practicing here is likely to continue to rise. Some inside and outside the medical establishment have raised concerns about the quality... Read more
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Check Up covers regional health news and a wide array of healthcare topics from pharmaceutical happenings to patient safety. Read about some of our bloggers here.

Portions of this blog may also be found in the Inquirer's Sunday Health Section.

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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