From duplicate blood tests to unnecessary knee replacements, millions of patients are being bombarded with screenings, scans and treatments that offer little or no benefit. Doctors estimated that 21 percent of medical care is unnecessary.
The sweaty fighters at Rock Steady Boxing in New Hope, Pa., and Cherry Hill are punching and jabbing at Parkinson's disease, not at each other, determined to delay the effects of the neurological movement disorder.
GlaxoSmithKline wins U.S. regulatory approval to commercialize its shingles vaccine, Shingrix, which offered 90 percent protection against the virus in older adults.
Merck will cut 1,800 sales jobs nationwide, but add 960 to a new 'chronic care' sales force. Merck does not know how many cuts will be local. Merck employs more than 12,000 in Pennsylvania, and is the largest private employer in Montgomery County.
Fifteen-month-old twins Erin and Abby Delaney are responding so well, their doctors at CHOP hope that they and their parents will celebrate Thanksgiving at home in North Carolina.
Disconnecting head-joined twins poses a boggling array of risks. Surgeons at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia came up with an innovative way to try to reduce some of those risks by gently pulling Abby and Erin Delaney apart, months before their 11-hour separation surgery.
Vietnamese is the most common language "mismatch," spoken by lots of patients but few physicians, a survey finds.
Pharma firm with local ties to merge with N.J. generics drug maker, becoming the nation's fifth-largest generic drug business by revenue.
These therapies lead to a cascade of costs, propelled by serious side effects that require sophisticated management. For this class of drugs, an oncologist advised consumers to "think of the $475,000 as parts, not labor."
Chiropractors are jumping into the lucrative but barely regulated field of stem cell therapy, and hyping its potential. Mainstream orthopedic researchers warn that "regenerative medicine" has no magic bullets for arthritic knees and aching backs.
About 1.1 million Pennsylvanians - one in 10 under the age of 65 - are insured under the Affordable Care Act.
High fevers and sharp drops in blood pressure as well as potentially fatal brain swelling are among the side effects of one of the most promising new cancer treatments.
Get the most out of your medical appointments with these tips for patients from the Cherry Hill-based Power of the Patient Project.
Heart problems are still common - and sometimes dramatic - in active people.