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Archive: September, 2010

New hope for sickest heart valve patients

Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 5:00 PM
An experimental heart valve that is inserted through veins or a small incision in the chest wall significantly reduced the death rate in patients with serious aortic disease who could not undergo open heart surgery, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine on Thursday. The study... Read more

Philly, N.J., PA get health reform public health grants

Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 2:33 PM
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded $42.5 million in grants to state and local health departments – the front lines of public health effort for everything from immunizing people against pandemic flu to reducing infant mortality rates. Philadelphia is getting $1.1... Read more

PA Health Secretary resigns

Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 11:35 AM
Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Everette James announced that he is resigning as the state’s top health official at the end of September and will assume the newly created position of vice chancellor for health policy and planning at the University of Pittsburgh on October 1. James, who had... Read more

Kitchen spoons shouldn’t be used for measuring oral liquid doses

Monday, September 20, 2010, 11:33 AM
By guest blogger Michael Cohen: In 1975 the American Academy of Pediatrics pointed out that using a household spoon to give liquid medication is inaccurate. Yet many Americans rely on teaspoons or tablespoons in their kitchen drawers to measure medicine doses. Doing so could result in an overdose... Read more

Curing gum disease may curb premature births

Monday, September 20, 2010, 11:12 AM
Could better dental care lead to fewer preterm births? Gum disease has been linked to premature birth, so researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine sought to test whether treatment of periodontal disease would help. The researchers randomly assigned 322 pregnant women... Read more

Glucosamine, chondroitin don't benefit arthritis

Monday, September 20, 2010, 8:42 AM
I have two bottles of glucosamine and chondroitin on top of my refrigerator for my dog, who has terrible arthritis in her hind legs. I was surprised when my vet recommended it, but had heard enough of the hype for humans that I figured what the heck, maybe it would help the dog. I don’t really... Read more

Head growth charts can give wrong impression

Monday, September 20, 2010, 3:52 PM
I always wondered why our pediatrician measured our daughters’ heads during regular office visits as babies, but since there was never a concern I didn’t bother to ask. Turns out babies whose heads are too big or too small or grow too fast could have problems that require medical intervention... Read more

Another diabetes drug in trouble?

Friday, September 17, 2010, 2:41 PM
The US Food and Drug Administration announced Friday it has begun a safety review of the diabetes drug Actos after preliminary results of an ongoing study showed the medication might increase the risk of bladder cancer in some patients. Actos, also known as pioglitazone, is made by Takeda Pharmaceuticals... Read more

How will health reform affect me?

Friday, September 17, 2010, 8:48 AM
By guest blogger Robert Field: Polls show that Americans remain divided over whether health reform will leave them better or worse off. President Obama said that if you like your current coverage, you can keep it, but many are skeptical. Looking at reform from a personal perspective, what should... Read more

S. Jersey man’s death linked to West Nile Virus

Thursday, September 16, 2010, 2:42 PM
A 76-year-old Camden County man who was hospitalized and died in late August tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus, according to the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. The man developed a headache and fever on Aug. 20th and was hospitalized five days later, the health department... 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
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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