March 22, 2016 |
The Health Care Innovation Accelerator Pitch Day staged by Penn Medicine was different from most start-up showcases. There seemed to be more at stake. You could almost hear the angst in the Jordan center auditorium last week as presenters addressed treatment issues, some verging on life and death, that harm patients and push America's health-care costs sky-high. So what ails the system? And what are the fixes? Pre-Op+ project presenter and anesthesiologist Marc Royo aims to change the down-to-the-wire nature of pre-screenings for patients with scheduled operations.
March 19, 2016 |
One year after Mumia Abu-Jamal was hospitalized and reportedly near death, his supporters are reviving a petition demanding that prison officials give him medicine that could cure his hepatitis C infection. "Urgent: Mumia is incredibly sick" reads the subject line of an email from Prison Radio, a group of Abu-Jamal supporters, urging readers to sign the petition that Abu-Jamal's brother Keith Cook began circulating last April. This time, however, the emails don't seem linked to an imminent health crisis affecting the killer of Police Officer Daniel J. Faulkner, but to an awaited ruling by a federal judge in Scranton on Abu-Jamal's access to anti-hepatitis drugs.
March 17, 2016 |
While I'm away, readers give the advice. On having a child with a short-tempered partner: Having a child will increase stress, which, in turn, is likely to make any poor behavior far worse and may place the hypothetical child in direct danger. How often will a child not do what this parent wants, and how far will he or she go when a display of temper still doesn't get results? I was married to someone with an explosive temper. After much soul-searching on my part, we adopted a child together.
February 25, 2016 |
Following a report last summer that large numbers of Pennsylvania children on Medicaid, especially those in foster care, are taking psychiatric medications, state officials Tuesday announced steps to address the problem. Those include requiring pre-authorization for antipsychotics, developing guidelines for psychiatric medication use, and creating an "electronic dashboard" that will make it easier for the state Department of Human Services (DHS) to monitor what children are taking.
February 24, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - Gov. Wolf plans to urge Pennsylvania medical and dental schools to bolster their teaching on pain management and opioid addiction to help fight prescription drug abuse, he said Monday. Speaking at a White House briefing, Wolf said he hoped Pennsylvania would follow Massachusetts, where medical and dental schools last year agreed to start requiring students to demonstrate skills aimed at preventing painkiller abuse. "That is a really good idea that Pennsylvania can learn from," he said.
December 31, 2015 |
Emergency rooms are increasingly a prime spot for patients seeking powerful pain medications, with doctors caught between the desire to help people in pain and the need to discourage addiction and even overdoses. Temple University Hospital reported Tuesday that it had found a straightforward way to limit prescriptions of these opioid drugs, such as Percocet, Dilaudid, and Vicodin: a set of guidelines that helps ER doctors determine when to say no. Among patients with dental, neck, back, or unspecified chronic pain for which opioids are not advised, the number getting prescriptions dropped below 30 percent immediately after the guidance was distributed in January 2013 - down from 52.7 percent beforehand.
November 18, 2015 |
Bang! Kapow! Ka-boom! That's how networks serve up their dramas in this ultra-competitive age. Terrified of losing their audiences to FX or Netflix, they slam viewers with shrill, abusive body blows. That's how procedural whiz Dick Wolf opens his new emergency- room melodrama, Chicago Med . Within 90 seconds, we're thrown into the middle of a deadly train derailment The third in Wolf's Chicago triumvirate, after Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. , the series premieres at 9 p.m. Tuesday on NBC. Wolf opens on devilishly good-looking Dr. Connor Rhodes ( Arrow 's Colin Donnell)
November 18, 2015 |
* CHICAGO MED. 9 tonight, NBC10. NO ONE ever starts the first day in a TV hospital filling out paperwork in human resources. So there are things you can just see coming when NBC's "Chicago Fire" spin-off "Chicago Med" pulls out of the station tonight with a train crash for which Dr. Connor Rhodes (Colin Donnell) happens to be present. Quite a few things. But while the newest outpost in producer Dick Wolf's Windy City empire isn't wildly original, it doesn't have to be. Like the components of the Penn grad producer's "Law & Order" franchise, "Chicago Med" is the kind of TV that's topical, briefly gripping but easily shaken off. In a medium where drama junkies increasingly seem to need recaps to confirm (or explain)
September 27, 2015 |
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., said Friday it agreed to buy Gecko Health Innovations Inc., a privately-held company that makes software and other products to remind patients to take their respiratory medicine. A Teva spokeswoman declined to reveal the price of the acquisition of the Cambridge, Mass. company. Through the deal, Teva will get Gecko's CareTRxTM, which is a hardware and software product designed to keep track of patient use of inhalers. People suffering from asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease often use an inhaler to help them breath more easily.
September 3, 2015 |
There's a lot to like about the current state of the Philadelphia region's economy, particularly in the city, economist Mark Zandi said Tuesday afternoon during a panel discussion at the Union League of Philadelphia. "For the first time in a long time, it feels there's real underlying strength here," said Zandi, who is chief economist at Moody's Analytics. But the goal of the panel was to talk about what keeps the Philadelphia region from excelling economically like rival metro areas, such as Boston; Austin, Texas; and Seattle, and what can be done about it. Other members of the panel - sponsored by a nonprofit, Students Helping Students, which redistributes supplies and furnishings from wealthy schools to poor schools - were Jeremy Nowak, a consultant and former head of the William Penn Foundation, and Matt Cabrey, executive director of Select Greater Philadelphia, a group that markets the region to companies looking to relocate.