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Archive: March, 2011

Some stories I want to critique

Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 7:00 AM
When I first started these weekly postings, my editor (who left the Inquirer last year) diligently sought to organize my prolix writing. "What's the nut grab on this piece?" he asked. I hesitated for a long moment, suspecting the possibility that I had stumbled into working with the Village People... Read more

FDA reverses course on Makena, a costly drug for pre-term pregancies

Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 5:55 PM
On Wednesday, U.S. officials said they won’t stop special pharmacies from making a cheaper version of a new expensive drug called Makena that prevents preterm labor. The Food and Drug Administration’s rare decision means that pharmacies can undersell the recently approved Makena, which... Read more

High lead levels found in five ceramic items from Philadelphia's Chinatown

Monday, March 28, 2011, 9:10 PM
Five pieces of ceramic kitchenware purchased in Chinatown contained levels of lead many times higher than the legal limit, according to an analysis by Thomas Jefferson University doctors who have tested dozens of items sold by Philadelphia merchants. They reported the results to the Food and Drug... Read more

When people buy drugs from Walmart, the Internet, & a pharmacy, harm can result

Monday, March 28, 2011, 6:00 AM
In last week’s blog I wrote about the problems that hospital staff often has in getting an accurate list of medications from patients when they come to the emergency room or are admitted. It’s critically important for doctors to know what you’ve been taking in order to properly perform... Read more

Happy Birthday Obamacare

Friday, March 25, 2011, 6:00 AM
Health reform turned one year old this week. It has certainly been a difficult year. Legal challenges, repeal efforts, and charges that it will destroy American health care with socialism. Has a new law ever had it so tough? The answer is yes. Just look at Obamacare’s big brother, Medicare... Read more

Some Powerful Trends Could End Kickbacks in Pharma

Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 6:30 AM
Pharma and other health care manufacturing sectors have been furiously trying to forecast how Obamacare and other changes in the environment, such as the consolidation of medical practices, will affect their futures. As one example, previous postings here discussed how practice consolidation under... Read more

Who’s looking out for your safety when hospitalized? How about you?

Monday, March 21, 2011, 6:00 AM
I had the opportunity to spend a day at Abington Memorial Hospital last week as part of a special program held each year to recognize staff efforts to improve patient safety. I had a fascinating day attending various patient safety-related meetings and attending safety walk-arounds with members of... Read more

Could genes + neighborhood = dementia?

Saturday, March 19, 2011, 7:50 AM
The long-simmering “nature” vs. “nurture” debate was settled decades ago in a draw. Biology and environment both matter. Some ramifications are so obvious that no scientific consensus was needed: A natural athlete, given the best coaches and training, will become a star; the... Read more

The Japanese Can be Thankful for One Thing – Great Health Care

Friday, March 18, 2011, 7:00 AM
Japan is facing a public health catastrophe. Thousands killed and injured from the earthquake, aJand many drowned by the tsunami. Thousands more may be poisoned by radiation from damaged nuclear reactors. And that is just the start. Severe traumatic injuries may take years to heal, and rare infections... Read more

Pharmas Breaking Out of the Box; Five Ways to Innovate

Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 12:20 PM
Last week I chastised the New York Times for dispensing five-year old news about the pharmaceutical industry's fundamental problems. Even worse, the Times then followed its warmed-over gruel by giving credence to some fantasy solutions that industry executives use for placating investors. My purpose... 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, 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
Justin D'Ancona
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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