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Archive: September, 2010

Nearly 51 million Americans uninsured in 2009

Thursday, September 16, 2010, 12:24 PM
The number of uninsured people in America rose by 4.4 million to 50.7 million in 2009, up from 46.3 million in 2008, according to new U.S. Census Bureau data released Thursday. Moreover, for the first time since the statistic began to be tracked by the federal government in 1987, the number of people... Read more

Hospital readmissions after heart surgery rise

Thursday, September 16, 2010, 9:00 AM
More than one in six patients who had open heart surgery in Pennsylvania in 2008 – 2,208 patients – were readmitted to the hospital within a month of their initial discharge, according to the latest cardiac surgery report by an independent state agency. The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost... Read more

Legal challenges to Obamacare likely to proceed

Wednesday, September 15, 2010, 11:39 AM
The efforts to overturn or scale back the Affordable Care Act – Obamacare to its detractors – appeared to get a boost from a federal judge in Florida Tuesday, according to an article in The New York Times Wednesday. Although the judge did not issue a ruling on whether the challenge to... Read more

Who Owns Your Genes?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010, 8:46 AM
By guest blogger Robert Field: Genea Girard tested positive for the BRCA gene, which increases the risk of getting breast and ovarian cancer. When she sought a second opinion, she was surprised to learn that no one could give her one, because the gene is patented. The company that holds the patent... Read more

Medicine’s open secret: conflicted interests?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 2:24 PM
The financial conflicts of interests of doctors who earned $1 million or more from orthopedic device makers in 2007 were regularly omitted from disclosures in published medical journal articles, according to a study published online in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Researchers from Columbia University... Read more

Help for MS patients in asthma drug?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 9:26 AM
A small clinical trial by researchers at Harvard University and elsewhere found that using the asthma drug albuterol in combination with an existing medication for Multiple Sclerosis “improves clinical outcomes in patients.” The researchers tracked 39 patients randomly placed in two groups... Read more

Second PA West Nile virus case reported in Montco

Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 8:24 AM
Summer may be coming to an end, but mosquitoes are still around, and, as my colleague Don Sapatkin reported Monday, the danger for West Nile virus remains. A second Pennsylvania case in a Montgomery County women was by public health officials Monday. Here's Sapatkin's report: Montgomery County on... Read more

Eliminating tubing misconnections in hospitalized patients

Monday, September 13, 2010, 10:45 AM
By guest blogger Michael Cohen: Not too long ago I pulled into a gas station to fill up the tank. I got out of the car and realized that I was in front of a diesel fuel pump, not one for the gas. But even if I was in a distracted state of mind, I would not have been able to pump diesel into the tank... Read more

Measuring doctor quality, how’s a patient to choose?

Monday, September 13, 2010, 4:00 PM
I like my primary care doctor and truly believe that he delivers high quality care, but like most Americans I have no objective data on which to judg. Mostly it is a gut feeling and a sense that he is ordering and performing the correct tests based on my age and my personal and medical histories.... Read more

Kids snack habits can last a lifetime

Friday, September 10, 2010, 9:19 AM
Hey parents, does your children’s school have vending machines? If so, you might want to confiscate any change and loose dollar bills they have as part of your morning send-off routine. A study in the Journal of School Health by researchers from the University of Michigan Medical School looked... 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, nueroscience and ageing
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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