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Archive: September, 2010

The Hollywood Model of Pharma

Friday, September 10, 2010, 8:20 AM
By guest blogger Daniel Hoffman: Shortly after finishing graduate school, I worked as the absentee manager of a small hotel in Burbank, California. The place actually had very few overnight transients, although it did a brisk “fast sheet” business where guests rented an empty room for... Read more

NJ abortion doctor agrees to temporarily halt practice

Friday, September 10, 2010, 3:09 PM
Abortion doctor Steven C. Brigham, whose main regional clinic, American Women's Services, is in Voorhees, has agreed to “cease and desist” from medical practice in New Jersey while preparing his defense against charges that he is a threat to public safety. In a three-page document filed... Read more

Medical malpractice, tort reform and defensive medicine

Thursday, September 9, 2010, 8:16 AM
If you really want to save money in health care, fix the malpractice system and reduce the amount spent on defensive medicine, right? That was one popular line of argument (with doctors, hospitals administrators and insurers) that gained attention during the debate over health reform. It has also... Read more

Good low-carb diet, bad low-carb diet

Thursday, September 9, 2010, 3:35 PM
The low-carbohydrate diet fad seemed perfect for me. I could lose weight and still enjoy the steaks, burgers, pork, and barbeque chicken I love to eat. Turns out, I might be doing myself long-term harm. A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that those with low-carb diets based on animal... Read more

Support for health reform fell in August

Wednesday, September 8, 2010, 1:26 PM
Health reform’s popularity with the American public dipped in August while distaste for the new law grew, according to the latest tracking poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation. After peaking at 50 percent favorable compared with 35 percent unfavorable in July, the August poll showed unfavorable... Read more

Why is health care so expensive?

Wednesday, September 8, 2010, 10:23 AM
By guest blogger Robert Field: Health care costs more in the United States than anywhere else on earth. It’s not even close. We spend almost twice as much as the average of developed countries, and almost forty percent more than the second most costly country, which is France. This would make... Read more

Preventing vaccine mix-ups. Your participation is needed.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010, 8:37 AM
By guest blogger Michael Cohen: An Inquirer article last month mentioned a recent rise in the number of reported cases of whooping cough in the Philadelphia suburbs as well as other areas of the country. I’ve seen a case of whooping cough myself while on rounds at the former Temple Children’s... Read more

Rising drug prices aren’t inevitable

Friday, September 3, 2010, 8:59 AM
By guest blogger Daniel Hoffman: Matthew Herper has made many astute points over the years while covering the pharmaceutical industry for Forbes. Late last month he wrote a piece that was probably intended to provoke when he discussed “Five Reasons Branded Drug Prices Will Keep Rising.”... Read more

New dean named for Penn’s med school

Thursday, September 2, 2010, 1:02 PM
J. Larry Jameson, a prominent molecular endocrinologist and dean Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, today was named to become dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine and executive vice president of the Penn health system next year. Jameson will replace Penn’s... Read more

Penn study links exposure to violence with asthma hospitalizations

Wednesday, September 1, 2010, 1:25 PM
People who witness acts of violence are hospitalized and go to the ER for asthma more than twice as often as similarly situated asthmatics who do not see violent acts, according to a study by researchers form the University of Pennsylvania. The Penn researchers followed 397 adults from Philadelphia... 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
Justin D'Ancona Philly.com
Stacey Burling Inquirer Staff Writer, neuroscience and aging
Marie McCullough Inquirer Staff Writer, cancer and women's health
Don Sapatkin Inquirer Staff Writer, public health, infectious diseases and substance abuse
David Becker, M.D. Board certified cardiologist, Chestnut Hill Temple Cardiology
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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