Check Up Archive: December, 2012

Meet the Check Up bloggers

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Michael Cohen is president of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), a non-profit healthcare organization that operates the... Read more

Will yogurt cure a yeast infection if I put it "inside"?

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Will yogurt cure a yeast infection if I put it "inside"? Matthew Fagan, MD, is an urogynecologist at Lankenau Medical Center, a part of Main... Read more

Could I be using hand sanitizer too frequently?

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Could I be using hand sanitizer too frequently? For example, I'll use it after shaking someone's hand that appears to be sick, or in the car... Read more

Normalcy is the best Christmas present of all

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My Dad asked me the other day, in a somewhat contentious debate about the merits of a day trip to Disney World being the best idea, “You’re... Read more

2012's top 10 drug safety stories

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By Michael R. Cohen In my entire career at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, the meningitis outbreak was the worst safety disaster... Read more

Tis' the season for pharma's tricks

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The Christmas season is one of enchantment, myth, childhood wishes and the noble spirit of peace on earth and good will toward all men. It... Read more

Patient #1: Medically Speaking

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Here is the background on Patient #1's treatment - some of how I got here, supplemented with explanations of medical terms below. Understanding... Read more

Patient #1

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My name is T.J. Sharpe. I’m a father, husband, brother, friend and fighter– of Stage 4 Melanoma. You will be reading about a battle... Read more