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Archive: August, 2011

Music, good for the soul, can help with deal with cancer, too

Wednesday, August 10, 2011, 8:29 PM
Music, we can pretty much all agree, is a good thing. New research suggests that it can benefit cancer patients, too. A review of 30 previous trials involving 1,891 participants found that both formal music therapy and informally listening to music appeared to help reduce anxiety and pain, and improved... Read more

Why Health Care Actually Prolongs the Recession

Wednesday, August 10, 2011, 6:00 AM
For over a century, the Wall Street Journal's editorial and op-ed sections have been upscale, print versions of what is now its notorious, sister outlet, Fox News. While Murdoch's television network cultivates resentment, scapegoating and misinformation among the lower-middle class, the WSJ's editorials... Read more

Pill Description on Pharmacy Label Adds Measure of Safety

Monday, August 8, 2011, 6:00 AM
Most pharmacies in our area provide an important patient safety tool right on their prescription labels: a description of the shape, color and imprint code of the medication that should be inside. Yet few patients may realize this and fewer still use it. Independent pharmacies, mail order pharmacies... Read more

The Debt Deal Still Avoids Real Health Care Cost Control

Friday, August 5, 2011, 6:00 AM
All sides in the federal debt debate actually agree on one key point. Health care costs present the greatest long-term budget threat. The deal reached in Congress makes no immediate changes to Medicare and Medicaid. But a 12-member Congressional “super-committee” will propose an additional... Read more

A Secure Method of Profit-Making Often Prevents Innovation

Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 6:00 AM
As baseball and swimming are two of my favorite summer diversions, I spent some poolside time last weekend browsing David Surdam's new book, Wins, Losses and Empty Seats: How Baseball Outlasted the Great Depression. Surdam teaches economics at the University of Northern Iowa and, while his book is... Read more

Series of Industry Moves Can Only Increase Safe Use of Acetaminophen

Monday, August 1, 2011, 6:00 AM
In case you missed it, Johnson & Johnson's McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division announced Thursday that it’s reducing the maximum daily dose of its Extra Strength Tylenol pain reliever in order to lower the risk of accidental overdoses of acetaminophen, the main ingredient. Whereas labeling... 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, neuroscience and aging
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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