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Archive: December, 2012

Meet the Check Up bloggers

Tuesday, January 1, 2013, 12:00 AM
Michael Cohen is president of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), a non-profit healthcare organization that operates the voluntary and confidential ISMP Medication Error Reporting Program. Through ISMP MERP medical professionals and consumers learn about the causes of medication... Read more

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

Monday, December 31, 2012, 7:00 AM
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 Line Health. Vaginal yeast infections are very common, and many women might be affected by them once or twice per year. Although there are different ways to... Read more

Could I be using hand sanitizer too frequently?

Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 11:25 AM
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, after I've been grocery shopping. Lisa Adams, CRNP, is a certified nurse practitioner at Paoli Hospital, a part of Main Line Health. Avoiding germs and keeping... Read more

Normalcy is the best Christmas present of all

Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 10:52 AM
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 not giving up or anything, are you?” His question, and concern, was understandable – after recovering and taking it easy for the last several... Read more

2012's top 10 drug safety stories

Monday, December 24, 2012, 4:45 AM
By Michael R. Cohen In my entire career at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, the meningitis outbreak was the worst safety disaster that I have ever seen, making 2012 a watershed year in drug safety stories. So without further adieu, the following are this year’s top 10 worst cases... Read more

Tis' the season for pharma's tricks

Friday, December 21, 2012, 12:40 PM
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 remains for pharma to bring us back to hard reality. During a year-end flourish, several companies have acknowledged their illegal kickbacks to physicians, off-label... Read more

Patient #1: Medically Speaking

Thursday, December 20, 2012, 4:35 AM
Here is the background on Patient #1's treatment - some of how I got here, supplemented with explanations of medical terms below. Understanding this stuff takes either a medical degree or a complete vested interest in it, so I will do my best to relate things in layman's terms. Plus, there’s... Read more

Patient #1

Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 5:30 AM
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 with cancer, but that is just the backdrop for this story - one that really focuses on life, health, family, and the challenges we all face every day to win... Read more

Why does eating beets turn my pee and poop red? Are there any health concerns with this?

Monday, December 17, 2012, 1:29 PM
Why does eating beets turn my pee and poop red? Are there any health concerns with this? Mervyn D. Danilewitz, MD, FACG, AGAF, Chief of Gastroenterology, Mercy Philadelphia Hospital The beetroot pigment called betanin is responsible for the red coloring in urine and feces and this should not cause... Read more

Don’t let “Low T” lead to harm in kids

Monday, December 17, 2012, 1:15 PM
By Mike Cohen Could it be “Low T?” By now you’ve probably heard this line or otherwise seen a multitude of TV or newspaper ads for testosterone gel products. Increasingly, drug manufacturers have been tapping into this billion dollar market aimed at men over 40, which is when men... Read more
About this blog

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, 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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