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Archive: August, 2010

Tootsie Tanner could toast your toes, FDA warns

Tuesday, August 31, 2010, 12:32 PM
I don’t golf and I don’t tan; rather I turn a lovely shade of lobster red. So you will understand my confusion when I ran across an Food & Drug Administration consumer warning the other day about the dangers from the Tootsie Tanner, a portable foot tanning device that uses ultraviolet... Read more

C-sections gone wild

Tuesday, August 31, 2010, 8:41 AM
Sometimes it is impossible to avoid delivering a baby by cesarean section, but the high rate of operating room deliveries in America has many doctors worried.An upcoming study in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology published online found that 30.5 percent of births in America are now... Read more

Preemptive surgery reduces risk for women with cancer gene mutation

Tuesday, August 31, 2010, 4:00 PM
Women at high risk of breast and ovarian cancer due to BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations substantially reduce their chances of developing the disease with preventive surgery, a major study lead by University of Pennsylvania researchers. The study, which confirms and expands previous findings, followed... Read more

PA Hospital’s Kathleen Kinslow to lead Aria Health

Monday, August 30, 2010, 1:10 PM
Aria Health, the three-campus health system in Philadelphia and Bucks County, has named Kathleen Kinslow, a long time hospital administrator to succeed Roy Powell as its president and CEO. In February, Powell announced he would retire after leading the network formerly known as the Frankford Health... Read more

Jail time for human error in medicine?

Monday, August 30, 2010, 10:30 AM
By guest blogger Michael Cohen: All individuals are wired to make errors. Who among us hasn’t forgotten to turn off an iron or tried to pull rather than push a handle to open a door? Most of the time these faux pas are of no serious consequence, but very similar human errors due to forgetfulness... Read more

How does religion influence doctors’ end-of-life care?

Friday, August 27, 2010, 12:46 PM
Concerned about end of life care? Well, you should have a talk with your doctor about his religious beliefs. A new study suggests that your doctor’s beliefs are likely to have a greater influence on the care you get than any so-called “death panel” or rationing system that many Americans... Read more

Feminize medicine for better health care

Friday, August 27, 2010, 8:34 AM
By guest blogger Daniel Hoffman: The goals of national healthcare – greater access, better quality and lower cost – represent a three-headed monster. Appease one and the other two become more ferocious. Very few practical changes can simultaneously improve all three goals. One thing that... Read more

Are tobacco companies using YouTube to target young smokers?

Thursday, August 26, 2010, 3:49 PM
Are tobacco companies using slick internet videos to target young people with cigarette advertisements? Researchers from the University of Otago in New Zealand analyzed YouTube videos for five popular cigarette brands to assess for content aimed at young people. The researchers found that most of... Read more

Is Health Reform Legal?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 8:29 AM
By guest blogger Robert Field: No sooner had the health reform law passed Congress, than the attorney general of Florida filed suit to have it declared unconstitutional. The proceeding has since been joined by 20 states, while the attorney general of Virginia has filed a separate suit of his own.... Read more

Study: Marriage reduces stress hormone

Tuesday, August 24, 2010, 12:47 PM
I should have known that being married would benefit my health. My wife definitely watches out for me, and I eat better and exercise more regularly since we’ve been together. Apparently there is more to the benefit than that. A study by researchers at the University of Chicago suggests that... 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
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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