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Archive: January, 2013

Patient #1:The secret society of cancer fighters

Thursday, January 31, 2013, 10:50 AM
A common theme in the cancer world is that you are not in this alone. Many, many individuals are stakeholders in the battle. Some, like the medical professionals, have both a professional and personal interest in your treatment and recovery. Others, like the hospitals and pharmaceutical companies... Read more

Should doctors and patients be informed when high-risk pharmacy compounded products are used?

Friday, January 25, 2013, 9:34 AM
The fungal meningitis outbreak that’s been gripping the country since last fall has now affected 678 patients and caused 44 deaths. Contaminated steroid injections tied to the outbreak have led to a wake-up call about a dangerous gap in regulatory oversight of compounding pharmacies that mix... Read more

Patient #1: The cancer diet

Thursday, January 24, 2013, 12:31 PM
"One day they are gonna do a study that shows chicken causes cancer and pizza is good for you." -Slim, Spring 1999 "Chicken is poison." -Dr. Matt; ER at Broward General who made my initial cancer diagnosis, Summer 2012 Two quotes, taken 13+ years apart and in completely different contexts, and yet... Read more

Patient #1: Over the hump but not out of the woods

Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 10:43 AM
The most difficult stretch of my treatment is officially in the rearview mirror. I was discharged Monday morning from Moffitt, almost a week to the hour after checking in. The recovery indicators shot up between Saturday morning and Sunday, so I just needed to remain off oxygen all Sunday and I was... Read more

Pharma's clinical development at cross purposes with itself

Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 9:00 AM
Developing new products through clinical trials represents the lifeblood of branded pharmaceuticals. Unless companies can develop new products to replace the existing ones that lose patent protection, their revenues will erode as payers and patients fill prescriptions with less expensive generics... Read more

Patient #1: Bring on the first rounds of IL2

Thursday, January 17, 2013, 7:30 AM
“Do or do not. There is no try.” - Yoda Since I received my diagnosis in August, Interluken-2 (IL2) has been something that was tossed around in a serious voice by every oncologist we spoke with. The initial view was that it was a long shot we didn’t want to try – something... Read more

Patient #1: Ringing the bell to end chemo

Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 9:31 AM
Today is the big day. Navy SEAL-like t-cells are “storming the beach” sometime in the afternoon. We don't have the exact time; apparently, I am on a need to know basis, and, well, I don’t need to know yet. Chemotherapy has knocked out my immune system, and I am physically ready... Read more

Can I get a STD from a toilet seat or a hot tub?

Monday, January 14, 2013, 10:33 AM
Can I get a STD from a toilet seat or a hot tub? John Missanelli, DO, is a gynecologist at Lourdes Health System. Sitting on a toilet seat or being in a hot tub cannot give you a sexually transmitted disease. As the name says, sex is needed to pass on these diseases. There are other ways some diseases... Read more

10 over-the-counter medicines abused by teens

Monday, January 14, 2013, 9:54 AM
Is your medicine cabinet a source for a teen’s legal “high?” Because a doctor’s prescription is not needed, many mistakenly believe that over-the-counter (OTC) medicines are safer than prescription medicines and illegal street drugs. They are in fact safe and effective when... Read more

Top 10 silver linings of having stage 4 melanoma

Thursday, January 10, 2013, 12:43 PM
Yea cancer pretty much sucks, but there are small benefits here and there if you know how to find them: 10. Facial hair freedom – First it was the playoff beard, now we’re rocking the Fu Man Chu (poorly I may add), who knows what is next. 9. Mid-day naps – I average two. Per day... Read more
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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
Don Sapatkin Inquirer Staff Writer, public health
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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