Check Up Archive: August, 2013

Two updates on pharma news

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Earlier this month we discussed how a major device manufacturer, Medtronic, blazed a trail for pharma by purchasing Cardiocom, a company that... Read more

My ring finger bends in towards my palm, and I can't extend it fully. Is this condition common, and will it go away on its own?

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My ring finger bends in towards my palm, and I can't extend it fully. It now looks like the crooked hand of a witch - too bad it isn't Halloween... Read more

My father was diagnosed with Parkinson's last year. His medication controls the tremors, but when he forgets his pills, he shuffles and suffers. Would deep brain stimulation zap his disease?

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My father was diagnosed with Parkinson's last year. His medication controls the tremors, but when he forgets his pills, he shuffles and suffers... Read more

Pharma's Denial and Rationalization Working Overtime

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Evidence emerges almost every day that pharma's managers recognize the existence of serious problems threatening their industry, while at the... Read more

My girlfriend wants me to get tested for HIV before we go to the "next level." Can I just lie to her? What about other sexually transmitted infections?

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My girlfriend wants me to get tested for HIV before we go to the "next level." Can I just lie to her? What about other sexually transmitted... Read more

I have these white splotches all over my face. My mom is concerned it's the beginning of skin cancer. Is there anything else it could be? Is my condition permanent?

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I have these white splotches all over my face. My mom is concerned it's the beginning of skin cancer, and my girlfriend says she doesn't ... Read more

Pain patch wearers must take extra care around children

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Despite warnings from the FDA, drug manufacturers, and various patient safety agencies like ours (ISMP), we’re still hearing from grieving... Read more