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

September 30, 2022

Fitness

The ideal workout routine combines cardio exercises and weightlifting, research shows

An exercise routine that includes cardio and strength-training workouts greatly reduces a person's risk of early death, multiple studies show. Though any kind of regular physical activity is healthy, research shows this combination is most beneficial. Aerobic activity, like running or cycling, increases one's heart rate while strength-training exercises, like weightlifting, helps build and strengthen muscles.

September 29, 2022

Adult Health

An overlooked STD could become the next superbug, scientists warn

Mycoplasma genitalium, an STD also known as M. genitalium or M. gen., is growing resistant to the most common antibiotic used to treat it, azithromycin, scientists warn. Superbugs are major public health concern in the U.S, causing 2.8 million infections and 35,000 deaths each year. Scientists suspect M. gen. is more prevalent than previously believed.

September 28, 2022

Health News

Penn Medicine seeks to expand value-based care by buying stake in Tandigm Health

Penn Medicine has agreed to purchase a minority equity stake in Tandigm Health, a subsidiary of Independence Blue Cross. As part of the deal, Penn's primary care doctors will be added to Tandigm's network of physicians in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Tandigm Health uses a value-based payment system aimed at improving health outcomes while reducing costs.

September 27, 2022

Illness

Can COVID-19 trigger diabetes in children? Scientists aren't sure

New research shows that children who contract COVID-19 are more likely to develop type 1 diabetes in the months after they recover from the coronavirus. But scientists aren't sure whether the virus itself is responsible for this trend. Most of these children already may have had undiagnosed cases of diabetes, another study suggests.

September 27, 2022

Children's Health

Children with head lice can remain in school, new AAP guidelines say

Head lice infestations are a nuisance, but children do not need to miss school while receiving treatment, according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Educational programs are needed to reduce the stigma surrounding head lice, which are not a sign of poor hygiene or an unclean living environment, the AAP says.

September 26, 2022

Women's Health

Using frozen embryos during IVF may increase the risk of preeclampsia, research shows

The risk of hypertensive disorders, like preeclampsia, is higher among women who use frozen embryos during in vitro fertilization than those who got pregnant using fresh embryos or conceived naturally, according to a study published by the American Heart Association. Still, researchers stressed that the overall risk remains low.

September 21, 2022

Alternative Medicine

Lymphatic drainage has become a popular wellness trend, but does the practice actually work?

Popular wellness trends like dry brushing, body scraping and Gua sha claim that they can help maintain a healthy lymphatic system, but do they actually work? A healthy lymphatic system is necessary for proper immune function and cellular heath. However, research around popular lymphatic drainage techniques still isn't conclusive.

September 21, 2022

Mental Health

Most adults should receive routine anxiety screenings, U.S. task force says

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a draft recommendation that adults ages 19 to 64 receive routine anxiety screenings. The recommendation comes after the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated an already burgeoning mental health problem in the United States. The task force previously recommended adults be screened for depression.

September 19, 2022

Adult Health

Alcoholic drinks need stronger – and larger – warnings about cancer risk, doctors say

The cancer risk associated with alcohol consumption is well-documented, but the warning labels affixed to alcoholic beverages are too vague and not placed prominently enough to be effective, two doctors argue in the New England Journal of Medicine. Nearly 70% of Americans are not aware that alcohol increases the risk of various cancers, including breast cancer. The labels have not been updated since the late 1980s.

September 16, 2022

Wellness

YouTube is more disruptive to teen sleep than other popular apps, researchers say

Teenagers who watch YouTube in bed before falling asleep are less likely to get at least 7 hours of sleep per night, a new study finds. The researchers also examined the sleep impact of other popular apps, including Instagram, Snapchat and Spotify, but they did not consistently have an adverse effect. Teens who played video games also were less likely to get enough sleep, but those who watched TV before bed went to sleep earlier than others.

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