Check Up Archive: September, 2012

I've got constipation several times a week. Is there anything I can do to prevent this? Should I go see a doctor?

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I've got constipation several times a week. Is there anything I can do to prevent this? Is medication necessary? Should I go see a doctor? Gary... Read more

Safe use of medicines applied to the skin

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by Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. Most people wouldn’t think twice about the potential for harm when applying over-the-counter creams, lotions... Read more

Are the Joint Commission's top hospitals truly the best?

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by Erica Cohen The Joint Commission, the accrediting organization for nearly all hospitals across the United States, recently released its... Read more

Figuring out why fewer were uninsured in 2011

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by Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. Here’s some good news about health care for a change. Fewer Americans lacked health insurance... Read more

As Obamacare dawns, Big Pharma rides into the sunset

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by Daniel R. Hoffman, Ph.D. Pennsylvania Bio is a trade group of biotechnology, medical device, diagnostic, pharmaceutical companies and suppliers... Read more

Identifying medications by storage location is risky

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You’d be surprised how many medication errors involve patients identify their medication based on the overall appearance of the container... Read more

Your doctor's iPhone could save your life

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by Erica Cohen Smartphones are the latest craze. Nearly everyone has one. You walk down the street and see person after person tapping away... Read more

Remove ear wax safely

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Michael J. Ruckenstein M.D., M.Sc., is professor, vice chairman, and residency program director in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head... Read more