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.

November 18, 2019

Wellness

Mites, mold and cockroaches among the most common indoor allergens

Indoor air quality can be as troublesome as the air outside, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Not only does outdoor air pollution seep inside, but there are various scents, chemicals, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and allergens inside the home.

November 18, 2019

Adult Health

Why you should take dry eye symptoms seriously

Did you know that dry eye syndrome can lead to blindness if left untreated? What may at first seem like just a nuisance can actually turn into a serious health condition.

November 15, 2019

Adult Health

Former FDA adviser warns about dangers of LASIK surgery

Ex-FDA adviser warns about dangers of LASIK surgery

November 14, 2019

Children's Health

Babies' frequent hiccups may be tied to brain development, scientists say

Hiccups are a nuisance, especially when they show up at an embarrassing moment, or they won't dissipate easily. But the reason they happen largely has been a mystery.

November 14, 2019

Prevention

More Americans are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at younger ages

Today is World Diabetes Day, which marks the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, the Canadian scientist and Nobel Prize winner who co-discovered insulin alongside Charles Best.

November 13, 2019

Women's Health

Still getting acne as an adult? There are ways to prevent it

The Journal of American Academy of Dermatology reports that 54% of adult women have some facial acne. It also can occur in adult men as well, but not as frequently.

November 13, 2019

Prevention

Sending too many DMs can leave you with 'texting thumb'

De Quervain's Tenosynovitis, also known as "Texting thumb," is a chronic condition that causes pain and tenderness at the base of the thumb and in the tendons of the wrist. It can affect your ability to make a fist or pick up objects.

November 12, 2019

Adult Health

Cholesterol levels among U.S. adults are improving, but greater strides are needed

The 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association cholesterol guidelines have led to healthier cholesterol levels in American adults, particularly among those taking cholesterol-lowering medications, according to a study by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

November 12, 2019

Opioids

Deep brain stimulation may offer a new tool to fight opioid addiction

West Virginia University researchers are examining whether deep brain stimulation can help patients with opioid use disorder who haven't responded to other types of treatment.

November 11, 2019

Prevention

These habits can increase the risk of birth defects

In the United States, about 150,000 children are born with one or more birth defects every year, according to the American Pregnancy Association. And the cause of more than half of them are still not known.

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