Check Up Archive: September, 2010

PA hospital deaths down, readmissions up

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The 2009 hospital performance report from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council says general hospitals in the state have steadily... Read more

First oral drug for MS approved

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The Food and Drug Administration approved Novartis’ Gilenya “to reduce relapses and delay disability progression in patients with... Read more

The good and bad of sunless tanning lotions

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Fall may be here at last, but for many people, the quest for the perfect tan will continue no matter what the weather is outside. Those efforts... Read more

Deskilling the Pharma work force hurts Philly area

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By guest blogger Daniel Hoffman: For generations it has been a point of pride that the pharmaceutical industry has made the Philadelphia region... Read more

New hope for sickest heart valve patients

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An experimental heart valve that is inserted through veins or a small incision in the chest wall significantly reduced the death rate in patients... Read more

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

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded $42.5 million in grants to state and local health departments – the front... Read more

PA Health Secretary resigns

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Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Everette James announced that he is resigning as the state’s top health official at the end of September... Read more

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

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By guest blogger Michael Cohen: In 1975 the American Academy of Pediatrics pointed out that using a household spoon to give liquid medication... Read more