Tracey Romero

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Tracey Romero is a Philadelphia-based health and science journalist. Her work has appeared in Cardiology Today, Orthopedics This Week and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She loves to write about the personal side of medicine. Follow her on Twitter @trarom.

tracey@phillyvoice.com

May 29, 2020

Adult Health

Americans fear hospital visits amid the COVID-19 crisis. The beach? Not so much

The results of a survey conducted by the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention highlight a growing concern among doctors – people are avoiding medical treatment because they fear visiting the hospital during the coronavirus pandemic.

May 27, 2020

Wellness

Workplace wellness programs have little impact on overall staff health, study finds

Workplace wellness programs do not impact health metrics like blood pressure or cholesterol or the use of health care services, according to a study examining a program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. But they may increase the number of employees who have a primary care doctor.

May 26, 2020

Parenting

Turning into the food police will only make your child's picky eating worse

Demanding a child to eat or restricting food leads to more picky eating, not less, according to a new study. Nutritionists recommend parents give picky children more options, but avoid making them separate meals. They also encourage parents to avoid making meals stressful.

May 26, 2020

Parenting

Discussing mutual strengths can improve parent-teen communication

Encouraging open communication between parents and teenagers reduces teen stress and improves happiness, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia researchers found. They developed an eight-page booklet to encourage more open dialogue, an important contributor to a teenager's wellbeing.

May 26, 2020

Children's Health

Bullying a common precursor before LGBTQ youth suicides, Yale study finds

Bullying is about five times more likely to play a role in the suicides of LGBTQ youth than their peers, according to a study conducted by the Yale School of Public Health. The findings suggest additional steps need to be taken to protect LGBTQ youth from bullying.

May 21, 2020

Adult Health

Blood pressure spikes during moderate exercise a sign of future health issues

High blood pressure spikes caused by moderate exercise may be a warning of future heart issues, including hypertension and cardiovascular disease, according to a study conducted by Boston University researchers.

May 20, 2020

Caregiving

Joint replacement surgery can strengthen a marriage – and a knee

The spouses of people who undergo total hip and knee replacement surgeries reported feeling better about their marriages, according to a study conducted by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. They also experienced greater independence and fewer caregiver burdens.

May 20, 2020

Mental Health

Even teens with mild mental distress have increased suicide risk, study finds

Most teenagers who self-harm or have suicidal thoughts only have mild or moderate levels of mental distress. That suggests suicide reduction strategies need to focus on the emotional wellbeing of all young people – not just those with severe cases of depression and anxiety, according to University of Cambridge researchers.

May 20, 2020

Illness

Heart issue the strongest predictor of COVID-19 deaths

Enlargement of the heart's right ventricle is the strongest predictor that a COVID-19 patient is more likely to die, according to a study led by the Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

May 19, 2020

Prevention

New injectable HIV drug may offer stronger protection than PrEP pills

Cabotegravir, a new injectable HIV drug, appears to offer better protection than the daily PrEP pills currently on the market, according to an international clinical trial conducted by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The pills, sold under the brand Truvada, currently are the only FDA-approved drugs to prevent HIV.

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